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If you haven’t taken a look at oatmeal nutrition lately, now is the time. The food our mothers always wanted us to eat as kids is really just as good for us as she said it was. Everyone--adults and children can benefit from adding a healthy dose of oatmeal nutrition to their diet.

In 1999, the FDA approved the addition of a health claim to product package labeling which you have probably seen a million times, particularly if you spend any time in the cereal aisle at the grocery store. That label includes the fact that diets which contain good amounts of whole grain foods may help reduce the risk of heart disease. The most recent statistics from heart research indicate that eating at least three servings a day of whole grains decreases the risk of heart disease by 20 to 30 percent.

Oatmeal is completely a whole-grain food! Now let’s look at cholesterol and oatmeal--one of the leading causes of heart disease is high cholesterol which causes a fatty build-up on artery walls. Not only do arteries get constricted and inhibit the flow of blood but the build-up can completely block an artery leading to heart attack or stroke. The composition and content of oatmeal is such that it can adhere to the bad cholesterol and eliminate it. That alone is a pretty amazing fact: oatmeal keeps the good cholesterol and gets rid of the bad.

Oatmeal as a whole grain is a complex carbohydrate. That’s the best kind of carbohydrate--the one that stays in the body for a long period of time, breaking down slowly to help regulate our blood sugar levels and give us sustained energy and endurance. Oatmeal also has positive effects on weight maintenance and reduces the risk of gaining weight. One of the reasons for that may be the fact that oatmeal has always been said to “stick to the gut.” The saying is not without truth--as a complex carbohydrate it does stay in the stomach and in the muscles longer, and that can give the stomach a “full feeling” for a greater period of time than most foods. When you feel full you are not as apt to want to eat more, adding on more calories in the process.

Oatmeal itself has no cholesterol and almost no fat. It also is a nice little package of vitamins and minerals by itself with a good variety of B-complex vitamins, and vitamin A, as well as calcium and iron, among many others. Another oatmeal nutrient is fiber, which has all types of health benefits for the heart and in the digestive process.

Oatmeal does make a very healthy breakfast food with high complex carbs, vitamins and minerals. Not only will you reduce your cholesterol and risk of heart disease with oatmeal nutrition for breakfast, you will feel fuller and acquire more than enough energy to make it to lunch.


 

 


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