‘Breakfast is the most important meal of the day,’ you may have heard your parents say, and amazing things can happen to your body if your breakfast includes oatmeal. This one super grain is a healthy nutritional powerhouse that hides behind its dull appearance.
For over two thousand years, humans have learned to grow and harvest oats as a source of food and medicine. Medicinally, oatmeal was and is used for healing the skin, intestinal illness, nerve problems, and uterine complaints, among others.
One portion of oats (30gr) has just 117 calories and is consisted of 66% carbs, 11% fiber, 17% protein and 6% fat.
Changes to your body if you eat oatmeal every day:
Help Control Weight
Eating oatmeal daily can help you lose weight. Due to its high fiber content, it can aid in weight loss by making you feel full for a long period of time. And since it can keep blood sugars at an even keel, you won’t experience blood sugar “crashes” and the drop in energy and intense feelings of hunger that go with them.
Stabilizes Blood Sugar Levels
Maintaining satiety and good blood sugar levels will prevent you from grabbing the first snack you come across, which is usually high in sugar and calories. So, oatmeal can help reduce the amount of calories you take in while keeping your energy levels steady, so you may actually feel energetic enough to work out!
Reduces Blood Pressure
Heart disease is one of the top causes of death in North America, so anytime we can lower our blood pressure, we will reduce the risk of developing a heart disease. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that a high whole-grain diet is just as effective as taking anti-hypertensive medication to lower your blood pressure.
Along with less snacking that leads to weight loss, oatmeal has a plethora of other health benefits like these:
* Lower risk of heart failure
* Improved immune response
* Excellent source of fiber which protects against breast cancer
* Whole grains protect against childhood asthma
* Safe grain alternative for celiac disease sufferers or those who are avoiding gluten in their diets
* Extend life expectancy