Oatmeal has somehow turned into the rock in my life- or the breakfast rock in my life. It’s always there through the tough times, and the good times, keeping me full into the late hours of the morning. I used to despise it- then January rolled around and I thought to myself- I need a healthier breakfast- not that my breakfasts weren’t healthy- they were just never consistent- I was always having to guess what they’d do next- a girl can’t have that in her life- enter oats.
Oats have been a health food staple since the days of the early health nuts and freaks alike. But why?
- Oatmeal can help you lower cholesterol with it’s glorious fiber helping to remove LDL (the bad cholesterol)
- The fiber again- keep the glycemic index nice and low, controlling blood sugar levels (cravings) and helping to control weight .
- Oats are a cupboard staple- most kitchens in north america have them- they may not eat them upon waking (perhaps in a cookie), but they’re there (like a rock).
- Oatmeal can reduce the risk of certain cancers (fiber has been linked to helping prevent breast cancer)
- Oats are a good source of protein, not to mention nutrients like Vitamin E, zinc, selenium, copper, iron and magnesium.
- Oats are clean- all the ones you find in a grocery store, organic or not, are in their natural state (boo ya)
- Oats are carbs- Runners (endurance) in particular should be eating 50% carbs (source)- they need the instant fuel in order to do the kind of training they do.
- Oats (and carbs alike) help to keep the brain functioning at an optimum level- a diet low in carbs will cut back on brain function- those of us having suffered from an eating disorder know how the attention span gets shorter and shorter at a rapid pace.
- Oats help to prevent heart disease- those who eat them are less likely to develop heart disease (thumbs up)
- Oats are easy- and you can mix just about anything with them (even mustard- for those weirdo savory people- not judging- jealous I haven’t tried it yet)
I’m pretty sure this list could go on and on.
Sometimes I eat healthy foods and I don’t always know why they’re healthy- I’m going to do my best, not only to educate myself, but others as well on why we are eating what we’re eating.
What have you heard about oats and why they’re so good for you? How do you like to eat them? Have you blended your grains? Thrown an egg in perhaps? Time for sharing.. !
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