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Beware Of Oatmeal
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Beware Of Oatmeal

People who suffer from chronic diseases like high blood pressure and diabetes are always advised to watch what they eat. Poor eating habits and diets rich in animal fat, sugar, starch and an abundance of processed foods are generally considered fertilizers for these diseases. On the other hand, diets that place greater emphasis on un-processed whole grains, fresh vegetables, nuts and lean white meats are better suited for people with these ailments. In fact, some recommended foods like oatmeal have been praised for their apparent ability in helping to control these conditions.

Several studies have found that when oatmeal is consumed regularly, persons with high cholesterol levels may experience a substantial decline in their overall cholesterol readings. Cholesterol is found in the blood plasma and is responsible for cell maintenance and reproduction. However, too much cholesterol in the blood is bad news because it hampers efficient flow of blood throughout the body. This can lead to other complications such as hypertension. It is imperative then that proper levels of cholesterol is maintained and oatmeal appear to aid in this process.

Oatmeal has long been recommended to individuals who wish to maintain or lower cholesterol levels, however oatmeal, nowadays, comes in a variety of forms and flavors. In terms of a hot cereal there are more than a dozen flavors on the market including cinnamon spice, banana cream, apple cinnamon, brown sugar cinnamon, berry cream, raisin cinnamon and coffee just to name a few. These flavors are presented in what is commonly referred to as instant oatmeal which means that they have been pre-cooked. The big question is “are they as effective in reducing cholesterol as old fashioned oatmeal?”

The short answer to this question is yes, but some explanation is needed. Compared to old fashioned oatmeal, the pre-cooked instant oatmeal has a higher glycemic value which means that it is broken down by the body more quickly. The more quickly we break down foods the faster we get hungry. Additionally instant oatmeal has a lot of added ingredients not found in old fashioned oatmeal. These include sugar, salt and artificial flavors and other additives that are known to spike insulin levels and harm the body in many other ways.

So, while instant oatmeal may be just as effective in helping to reduce cholesterol please bear in mind that they contain other ingredients that can be harmful to the body. If you are planning to add oatmeal to your diet, it is recommended that you chose the old fashioned brand. This is 100% natural whole grain and is a great way to lower and control your cholesterol naturally. It may take a few more minutes to prepare but your body will love you for it.


Street Talk

Thanks for this information. I always wondered about the instant version.

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  about 6 years ago

Hey Shawn, many thanks for the feedback. I'm on the 30 Day challenge and trying to pump out at least one piece a day. So far, so good.

Reply
  about 6 years ago
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