Healthy Oatmeal

Healthy Oatmeal

Oatmeal is not only a very healthy food product with good carbohydrates, protein and low fat. It has also been proved to lower cholesterol. When the soluble fibre passes through the digestive tract, it forms a gel that traps some substances related to high cholesterol. This way it is reducing the absorption of cholesterol into the bloodstream.

So eating a bowl of oatmeal is the perfect way to start your day as long as it is not the instant kind which is full of sugar. Only use the real stuff, the plain oat flakes.

Oats and therefore oatmeal as well of course are a good source of both soluble and insoluble fibre.

The insoluble fibres attack certain bile acids and reduce their toxicity, which is good to prevent cancer. Soluble fibre can not only reduce the bad LDL cholesterol without lowering the good HDL cholesterol, it also slows down the digestion of starch, which can be beneficial to diabetics. When the digestion of starch is slowed down the sharp rises in your blood sugar level, following a meal, are avoided.

It has also been found that people who eat more oats are less likely to develop heart disease.

Besides that oats are a good and healthy source of vitamin E, zinc, selenium, copper, iron, manganese, magnesium and protein.
As oatmeal has a pretty bland taste you should make it with milk instead of water, which is also a good way of adding calcium and even more protein. Instead of sugar you can add Stevia powder or fruit such as blueberries or raspberries to sweeten it up.

For health reasons you should eat about cooked cup of oatmeal each morning. Your body will thank you for it.

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