This month is National Oatmeal Month and, while oatmeal is a wonderful comfort food for many of us, there are a number of health benefits that come with eating oatmeal too! Oatmeal is considered a “power food” because of it’s tremendous health benefits.
The Health Benefits of Oatmeal
- Protein Rich – It is a protein rich carbohydrate source of food that, according to the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism 2006 research study, is an excellent source for energy. As a complex carbohydrate it digests slowly, providing the body with an excellent source of protein (actually one of the highest protein sources for any grain).
- High Fiber – The benefits of eating a diet rich in fiber range from helping to keep your body regulated, keeping your heart healthy, to helping to battle diabetes. Oatmeal offers a number of health benefits that come from eating a high fiber diet.
- Stabilizes Blood Sugars – Because oatmeal is high in magnesium it has positive effects on insulin secretion and stabilizing glucose levels, while using glucose efficiently. It slowly breaks down carbohydrates while slowing the absorption of sugars; helping to control blood sugar levels.
- Cholesterol – Oatmeal actually helps to decrease the bad cholesterol in your body. Keeping your cholesterol levels in check will help you stay heart healthy.
- Beautiful Skin – According to the American Academy of Dermatology oatmeal can help keep your skin healthy and beautiful; by eating it or using it as a beauty product. It actually balances out the pH levels of the skin, helping to battle skin blemishes, itchy skin, and pimples while the nutrients in it (niacin, copper, zinc, selenium and thiamin) help promote healthy skin.
6 Reasons Why Oatmeal is a Good Food Choice
- Low Calorie
- High Fiber
- Easy to Prepare
- Inexpensive Health Food that can be used in many recipes (not just for breakfast)
- Satiates Your Appetite (keeping you full, longer)
- Lowers your risk of having a heart attack by 40%
How to make your oatmeal more interesting
In celebrating all things oatmeal it’s good to remember that you don’t have to just eat oatmeal in a bowl for breakfast. You can use oatmeal in many different recipes in a variety of ways.
- Add fresh, frozen or dehydrated fruit to your bowl of oatmeal to zest up the flavor
- Chocolate oatmeal with a tablespoon or two of nut butter can make a delicious sweet breakfast that’s packed with nutrients and healthy oils from your nut butter
- Overnight Oats can be prepared the night before, left in your refrigerator and ready to eat the next morning
- Have your oatmeal waiting for you, hot and ready, in the morning with a slow-cooker/crockpot recipe like this apple pie oatmeal
- Here’s a great collection of 50 Amazing Oatmeal Recipes
Celebrate the many health benefits of oatmeal by adding this power food to your menu regularly.
Medical Daily Vitality, “Benefits of Oatmeal – Why you should add the power-food to your high-fiber diet,” April 9, 2015,
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