The breakfast is the most important meal and if it is oatmeal, you’ll experience many health benefits. People have harvested oats and used it as natural medicine and as food. It is alternative remedy for uterine problems, skin conditions, nerve issues and intestinal illnesses. If you include oatmeal in your diet, you’ll definitely improve your health.
The oatmeal is rich in antioxidants such as phytic acid, tocotrienols, phenolic acids, vitamin E and selenium. It is also rich in magnesium, copper, molybdenum, vitamin B1, biotin and phosphorus. It has 13gr of protein in half a cup serving. A quarter of the serving provides 100 percent of the manganese recommended daily intake. If you take it for your breakfast, you’ll prevent obesity and weight gain and it will provide you with energy and feeling of satiety.
It has low GI (glycemic index) and won’t cause dramatic drop or increase in blood sugar. It could also reduce the total calorie by 81 percent. It was made a research that analyzed low GI breakfast vs. high GI breakfast and the impact on the caloric intake in the day and discovered that oatmeal prevented over consumption during the day. Oatmeal offers many health benefits and here are some of them:
-It is great alternative for people who avoid gluten or celiac disease sufferers;
-It prevents breast cancer and it is rich in fiber;
-It stabilizes the levels of blood sugar and lowers the risk of type2 diabetes;
-It boosts the immune response;
-It lowers the levels of cholesterol;
-It reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease;
-It lowers the risk of heart failure;
-It prevents childhood asthma;
There are few ways of processing the whole oats. Here are some facts about processing the oats so you can distinguish the types:
-The old fashioned oats have flat shape due the steaming and after they’re rolled.
-The oat groats are un-flattened kernels ideal for stuffing and breakfast;
-The steel cut oats run through steel blades. Then, they are sliced and have chewy and dense texture;
-The instant oatmeal grains are initially cooked and thin-rolled;
-The oats that cook quickly are processed as the old fashioned ones but they’re cut finely before they are rolled up;
-The oat bran contains outer layer which residues under the hull;
Choose any kind you like but always choose the less processed ones. You can add it to muffins, cookies, shakes, smoothies and yogurt. You can use it instead of quinoa and enjoy its healthy properties.