There’s nothing like a hot, steaming bowl of oats. This healthy, filling and delicious complex carbohydrate quiets hunger and provides the boost we all need to get the morning kicked off right or to keep us sustained throughout the day. While you likely already incorporate this nutritionally dense grain into your diet, you may not realize all of the amazing benefits of oats. Here are a few more reasons to love ‘em:
Healthy Heart & Cholesterol. Oats are rich in dietary fiber. Soluble fiber helps in lowering blood cholesterol, which is essential for keeping your heart healthy.
Blood Sugar Stabilizer. With a low glycemic index, carbohydrates from oatmeal are assimilated slowly, which keeps sugar levels stable. The American Diabetes Association recommends a daily fiber intake of 20 – 35 grams. One cup of cooked oatmeal supplies 4 grams.
Anti-Cancer Properties. Oats are rich in phytochemicals, which reduce the risk of certain types of cancer and other diseases
Healthy Bowel Function. Because oats are high in fiber, they help with regular elimination.
Weight Control & Athletic Performance. A good source of carbohydrates, oats fuel athletic pursuits by providing your muscles energy and hydration. Also, the soluble fiber in oats absorbs a considerable amount of water, which slows digestion. Thus, you stay fuller longer.
Tastes Like Dessert. Just add water or milk and some cinnamon, and it can taste like a dessert! Or, if you want something a little more decadent, try this recipe for Gingerbread Oatmeal.