A 2008 survey conducted by Decision Analyst showed that people in the U.S. believe oatmeal is one of the top 4 most beneficial meals to health, out of a list of 70 different foods.
The American Society for Clinical Nutrition found that 97% of the nutritionists maintain that oatmeal is incredibly healthy.
According to Hrefna Palsdottir, MS:
“The nutrient composition of oats is well-balanced. They are a good source of carbs and fiber, including the powerful fiber beta-glucan. They also contain more protein and fat than most grains.
Oats are loaded with important vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant plant compounds. Half a cup (78 grams) of dry oats contains:
– Manganese: 191% of the RDI
– Phosphorus: 41% of the RDI
– Magnesium: 34% of the RDI
– Copper: 24% of the RDI
– Iron: 20% of the RDI
– Zinc: 20% of the RDI
– Folate: 11% of the RDI
– Vitamin B1 (thiamin): 39% of the RDI
– Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid): 10% of the RDI
– Smaller amounts of calcium, potassium, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) and vitamin B3 (niacin)
This is coming with 51 grams of carbs, 13 grams of protein, 5 grams of fat and 8 grams of fiber, but only 303 calories. This means that oats are among the most nutrient-dense foods you can eat.”
Oatmeal possesses potent properties to make you feel and look good, and here are the health benefits of their regular consumption:
- Oatmeal is a rich source of soluble fiber which makes sugar to be released slowly into the bloodstream, and thus positively affects insulin levels, glycemic control, and lipid profiles
- Oatmeal is rich in potassium and calcium, as well as fiber, which lower blood pressure, prevent coronary heart disease, and improve heart health
- Oatmeal treats gastrointestinal problems, and helps digestion, and promotes satiety
- Oatmeal helps weight loss due to the presence of beta-glucan, which raises cholecystokinin levels, which is a hunger-fighting hormone that suppresses appetite
- Oatmeal is a good source of energy and calories, as it is a protein-high carbohydrate
- Oatmeal lowers the risk of cancer, as well as death from cancer and cardiovascular disease
Most types of oatmeal offer similar properties, but make sure you choose organic ones, in order to limit the exposure to harmful chemicals like conventional pesticides and herbicides.
The main difference between the four most common oats types, whole oat groats, steel-cut oats, rolled oats, and instant oats, is the preparation time, texture, and flavor.
Also, make sure you check the nutritional facts before you buy your oats. Then, just add them to yogurt or smoothies, use them for granola bars, cookies, muffins, and bread, and reap their benefits!