Amazing Benefits of Oatmeal

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You have to eat oatmeal or you’ll dry up. Anyone knows that.”  –Kay Thompson

Have it for its taste and nutrition and many other benefits. They are good for you, particularly if you make your own.

Reasons Why you should Love Oatmeal

1. Low calorie food; stops cravings.

A cup is only 130 calories!  It also stays in your stomach longer, making you feel full longer.  You will have less hunger and cravings.

2. Provides high levels of fiber, low levels of fat, and high levels of protein.

It’s on the short list for the highest protein levels of any grain.

3. Stabilizes blood sugar and reduces risk of diabetes

The high fiber and complex carbohydrates slow down the conversion of this whole food to simple sugars. The high levels of magnesium nourish the body’s proper use of glucose and insulin secretion.

4. Removes your bad cholesterol (without affecting your good cholesterol).

Many studies have shown that the unique fiber in oatmeal called beta-glucan, has beneficial effects on cholesterol levels

5. Gluten-free safe.

Are you gluten sensitive and have no problem with oatmeal?  If you are gluten intolerant or have celiac disease there is some cause for concern. Oats lack many of the prolamines (proteins) found in wheat (gluten) but oats do contain avenin.  Avenin is a prolamine that is considered toxic to the intestinal mucosa of avenin-sensitive individuals.  Oats can also contain gluten from nearby wheat field contamination and processing facilities.  Many studies have shown that many celiacs can consume wheat free oats with no problems. Still we suggest your doctors opinion.

6. Contains lignans which protect against heart disease and cancer.

Oatmeal, like many whole grains, contains plant lignans, which are converted by intestinal flora into mammalian lignans.  One lignan, called enterolactone, is thought to protect against breast and other hormone-dependent cancers as well as heart disease.

 

Oatmeal With Fresh Berries

Ingredients

    Oatmeal 200 g     Milk 600 ml     Sugar 45 – 60 ml     Fresh Berries 200 g, fresh (halved strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries)     Info box

    Preparation time – 10 m     Cooking time -20 m     Recipe category – Breakfast     Recipe yield – 4    

Preparation

Place the oatmeal in a pot with the milk and the sugar.

Bring to the boil and then simmer for 15-20 minutes until a thick porridge is created.

If necessary a little more milk.

Pour into bowls and serve garnished with the fruit.

So keep this in your list as a Powerfoods that you eat regularly..

 

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