Health trends come and go all the time, and many foods fall out of favor after a while. However, oatmeal has kept its reputation as one of the healthiest breakfasts for generations.
It’s a whole-grain powerhouse which provides incredible nutrition and hearty flavor to your first meal.
It may look plain, but oatmeal is very healthy. In fact, oats have been used for their therapeutic benefits for centuries. Some of their health benefits include treating digestive problems, soothing nerves, and improving the skin health.
The benefits of oatmeal
1. It is depurative: Thanks to the huge amount of amino acids that it contains, it stimulates the production of lectin in the liver, promoting the complete cleanse of toxins from the body. Eating oatmeal is good for cleaning artery walls because fiber “sets up a barrier” fat deposits that accumulates in them and that can cause a lot of cardiac, cholesterol, and more problems.
2. It helps control blood sugar levels: This is great news for people that suffer from diabetes. You definitely have to add it to your diet in order to improve starch digestion and keep glycemic levels stable, especially after eating.
3. Improves digestion: If you have problems when you eat lunch or dinner, oatmeal helps reduce gallbladder acids, which also facilitates intestinal transit and prevent constipation. Because it is rich in slow carbon absorption hydrates, they keep the feeling of satisfaction for longer, which is a good alternative for people who are going on a diet, because it takes away the desire to eat each time.
4. It is anti-carcinogenic: There are various studies that have been done in the United States on the properties of oatmeal as a protective force against cancer, a disease that is more and more common in this country and many others. This is due to the phytochemicals that it contains. Thus, we suggest that you eat oatmeal every day to reduce the possibility of contracting breast or colon cancer to over 10 percent.
5. It is good for your heart: The reason is because of the large amount of omega 3 and linoleic acids, known as “good fat” which help reduce bad cholesterol (LDL), which promotes heart and brain activities,
6. It helps your central nervous system: Thanks to the B complex vitamins that oatmeal has, it develops, maintains, and balances the functioning of the nervous system.
7. It prevents thyroid problems: Especially hyperthyroidism because it contains iodine, a mineral that helps the related gland function properly.
8. It prevents osteoporosis: Because it has the necessary calcium levels for good bone health, which prevents demineralization.
9. It helps you lose weight: For that reason, you should eat it on an empty stomach or with breakfast, along with skim or soy milk, orange juice, or nuts.
10. It is one of the best sources of energy which is why we recommend eating it first thing in the morning or before midday, especially for people that work many hours out of the home or have to study for an exam.
11. It is a huge ally in beauty treatments: You can take advantage of the properties of oatmeal besides just eating it. You can also use it topically (externally) with a moisturizing cream to turn it into a truly amazing face exfoliant. It is much more economical than any other beauty treatment.
What are the differences in oats?
Currently, there are no genetically modified oats. The preference for organic oat products has to do with the herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers used in their raising.
Commercial synthetic chemicals used on grain crops have been found to cause a plethora of health hazards and are best avoided.
1. Old-fashioned or rolled oats have been steamed during processing, leaving them flat in shape. They cook faster than steel-cut oats and better retain their shape during cooking. When it comes to nutrition, rolled oats are almost identical to steel-cut but with a slightly higher glycemic index.
2. Steel-cut oats have a denser texture than other cuts of oats. Some people prefer its texture to softer varieties.
3. Instant and quick-cooking oats have been pre-cooked, so result in a soft texture—better for using in baking. Their nutrition is retained in the process.
4. Oat bran is the outer layer on the oat kernel. It’s loaded with protein, iron, and fiber. Sold separately, you can add oat bran to other foods to boost nutrition.
5. Oat groats is fun to say. They are the whole oat kernel, with minimal processing, so take longer to cook and have a grainier texture than oatmeal.
How to choose and eat
Buy oats in small quantity as this grain can go rancid quicker than other grains. If you buy them in a packaged container or bulk, make sure there’s no moisture. When buying oatmeal, check the ingredients to ensure it doesn’t contain sugar, salt, or other additives.
You can eat your oatmeal in many ways, and not just in the old-fashioned way. For example, add it to your yogurt, shakes, smoothies, or use it in pancakes, cookies, quick-breads, and muffins.
It can replace any grain in any meal, as well flours in sweet treats and bread.