Oatmeal is rich in fiber, can control appetite and support digestive health.
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Oatmeal is a nutritious food that offers health benefits. It is a type of cereal grain rich in fiber, it also provides protein, phosphorus, thiamine (vitamin B1), magnesium and zinc.
Oatmeal has a number of positive effects on the body. It contains a soluble fiber called beta-glucan, which in addition to promote satiety and control appetite, supports digestive health and can help lower “bad” LDL cholesterol in the blood.
The Harvard Source of Nutrition (HSPH) notes that oats contain plant chemicals called phenolic compounds and phytoestrogens that act as antioxidants to reduce the damaging effects of chronic inflammation It is associated with various diseases such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Oatmeal is a food that can be part of a healthy diet. Although its effects on your body may vary according to the type of oatmeal you choose and how you prepare it.
Less processed oats, such as oatmeal or cut oats, generally take longer to digest, so they have a lower glycemic index than rolled or instant oats. That is to say, The less processed the oatmeal is, the less quickly it raises blood glucose levels.
What is the least healthy way to prepare your oatmeal?
Many of the instant oatmeal brands come sweetened or flavored, which may mean that there is a lot of added sugar that your body does not need.
Check the labels and don’t trust yourself, some manufacturers mask the sugar in a product. “Sweetened with honey” does not make a product more favorable for your diet, your body metabolizes all added sugars in the same way, no matter how natural, white sugar, brown sugar or honey.
The least healthy way to prepare your oatmeal is by adding added sugar, either directly in sweeteners or through other products that contain added sugar, points out to Eat This Not That, Amber Pankonin, registered dietitian and owner of Stirlist.
The harmful effects of sugar outweigh the beneficial effects of oats.
Added sugars provide zero nutrients but lots of added calories that can cause extra pounds or even obesity, which reduces heart health and increases the risk of chronic diseases.
The American Heart Association (AHA) notes that eating and drinking a lot of sugar is linked to a increased risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and inflammation in the body.
Instead of added sugar, add sweetness and flavor to your fruit oatmeal like strawberries, blueberries or bananas, fruits add fiber, nutrients and antioxidants that are beneficial to your body. For a little crunch, sprinkle on a small handful of walnuts, almonds, or peanuts.This adds fats that are good for your heart as well as protein and other nutrients.
The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends limiting added sugar to a maximum of 9 teaspoons (36 grams) per day for most men and 6 teaspoons (25 grams) per day for most women and children older than 2 years. .
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.