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Health Benefits Of Oatmeal
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Health Benefits Of Oatmeal

My kids will tell you that family eats a lot of oatmeal. I purchase it in 25 pound bags at a bulk club store because it is so inexpensive. Since we are eating so much of it, I decided it was high time that I find out how oatmeal is contributing to our health.

Insoluble fiber

Insoluble fiber is one of the key components of oatmeal. It helps keep people regular. Staying regular prevents colon cancer and constipation. Insoluble fiber neutralizes the acid found in bile. This type of fiber does not break down before being removed from our bodies, and thus does not enter our blood stream to be burned as energy later.

Soluble fiber

Soluble fiber prevents the absorption of cholesterol by forming a gel and trapping LDL cholesterol (bad) producing chemicals. This fiber helps us to feel full longer because it takes longer to digest. This may be particularly helpful for diabetics because they are less likely to experience blood-sugar spikes.

Phytochemicals

I am familiar with phytochemicals under the name of antioxidants or flavonoids. Many studies have been, or are still underway, to prove that phytochemicals reduce cancer and heart disease rates. It is believed to prevent carcinogens from being absorbed

Other nutrients

  • Oatmeal contains vitamin B, vitamin E, zinc, selenium, copper, iron, manganese and magnesium as well as protein.
  • Vitamin B is great for the memory. It actually helps us to stay awake and alert throughout the day if we consume it regularly.
  • Vitamin E's benefits are still controversial. It was thought that it would help with blood-sugar control, increase life expectancy, and prevent strokes. It is a antioxidant that prevents growth of free-radicals in tissue, an enzyme regulator, and prevents artery hardening.
  • Zinc helps the immune system run efficiently, helps with acne and other skin disorders, energy metabolism, and the body's ability to heal itself. It is also beneficial for weight loss (I love that!) and may help people who have night vision issues.
  • Selenium also helps with heart and blood vessel problems such as atherosclerosis. It may prevent certain cancers such as skin, stomach, lung and prostate cancers.
  • Copper helps us to use the iron in our diets, heart maintenance, thyroid glands and more.
  • Iron is absorbed on an as-needed basis such as when a woman is pregnant or a child's brain is developing. We need it for brain function and development, creation of hemoglobin, maintaining body temperature, and muscle activity. If we do not have enough iron, our immune system will not function properly.
  • Manganese helps bones, connective tissue, sex hormones, and blood clotting to develop and function. We also need it to maintain our brain's function.
  • Magnesium, not to be confused with maganese, helps us to absorb calcium and assists with tooth and bone density.
  • Lastly, protein helps with tissue repair when injured. Protein prevents fatigue when consumed with carbohydrates and assists the immune system.

That is a LONG list of health benefits just from one, very inexpensive grain. Many recipes can be adapted to use oats. For instance, in a recipe that calls for bread crumbs, try substituting them with oatmeal. Not only will it add variation to your recipes, the change will be beneficial.


Street Talk

Rebecca8  

Hi Rebecca, I just wanted to say that I really like your article! My family and I eat a lot of oatmeal too, as your article says, the health benefits are amazing and we love it too which is always a bonus. Best wishes to you.

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  about 7 years ago
C4rmen  

I knew this food packed a punch. When we have it, its for breakfast. So easy and good to the body!

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  about 8 years ago

I buy all of ours at the local co op.Thanks for the info Rebecca

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  about 8 years ago

I love oatmeal biscuits and I eat them quite often, but I had no idea that this cereal has so many health benefits.

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  about 8 years ago

I bet oatmeal biscuits are much better for your (and taste wise) than typical white flour biscuits. Sounds great! Thanks for sharing!

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  about 8 years ago

No wonder I avoid it, why would I want such healthy food? A joke. A favorite of mine and fortunately my grand kids get it nearly every second day, so I get to enjoy it as well.

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  about 8 years ago

That was funny. I enjoy it now that I am an adult. A funny story that just came to mind: My mom used to make it for us when I was a kid. She wouldn't ever taste it. It was often rubbery. One time, she must have been tired, she put in salt instead of sugar. Once I was in control over how my oatmeal was cooked, I learned it could taste great!

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  about 8 years ago

I knew anzac biscuits were a good thing! lol. What an interesting article Rebecca! We're just getting back into the oatmeal for breakfast as the cooler mornings are settling in. I love that the kids have a belly full and I know it will 'stick to their ribs'. I also put it in hamburger patties or other times breadcrumbs are called for as you suggested. It's highly underrated!

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  about 8 years ago

I think that food that is always around and has always been around is taken for granted, especially by me. It was good for me to research this because I found that there was more to oatmeal than I ever imagined. We're getting into the hot season, so we'll probably decrease our stove top oatmeal and switch to homemade granola made in bulk on the cooler days. Also, I agree with you that it's good to know that the kids' bellies are full so that they don't get hungry too quickly after eating breakfast.

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  about 8 years ago

Some great information here Rebecca, I just read your article on banana bread. I usually mix bananas oatmeal and a little milk together it makes a great snack!

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  about 8 years ago

I LOVE bananas. I also put bananas in my oatmeal and other cereals. YUM!

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  about 8 years ago

Great article. Very informative indeed

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  about 8 years ago

Thank you! I wanted to share what I learned.

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  about 8 years ago

Rebecca, stay away from me with that stuff!! Just put the bowl down and take two steps slowly backwards and no one will get hurt!!

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  about 8 years ago

I had to laugh...

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  about 8 years ago

Wow, I love oatmeal just didn't know it was that good for you

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  about 8 years ago

I didn't either until I did my research. Those cereal commercials inspired me to look into it.

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  about 8 years ago
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