Oatmeal: The Super Whole Grain
|April 14 2009|
Nutrition experts give oatmeal high marks for its multitude of benefits.
Oats are the only major grain proven to help remove cholesterol. Oatmeal actively removes cholesterol to lower the risk of heart disease. Oatmeal works to help lower LDL “bad” cholesterol without lowering the HDL “good” cholesterol your body needs. Oats contain more soluble fiber than whole wheat, rice or corn.
Oats have soluble fiber, which may help moderate blood sugar levels. The fiber in oatmeal may slow the absorption of carbohydrates to help you moderate the rise in blood sugar after eating. In addition, according to the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Advisory Committee Report, studies show people who eat more whole grains are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes.2,3
Oatmeal helps aid weight control. Oatmeal has a high satiety value—it helps fill you up. Research shows that oatmeal is more filling than some other breakfast foods such as bread, eggs and yogurt. In a recent survey of registered dietitians, 93 percent of the respondents said that fiber in whole grain cereals, such as oatmeal, helps children maintain a healthy body weight.
Oats offer super-charged nutrition. Oats contain vitamins, minerals and unique antioxidants, which help make oats super healthy. Oats also contain more protein than other common cereals.
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Whole Grains have Powerful Health Benefits!
Research shows that eating a diet rich in whole grain foods each day can help with:
Heart Disease: In 1999, the FDA approved a health claim that diets rich in whole grain foods may help reduce the risk of heart disease.
Recent studies show that consuming at least 3 servings per day of whole grains is associated with a 20-30% decrease in the risk of heart disease. Weight Maintenance: Diets rich in whole grains are also associated with a reduced risk of weight gain.
Two studies, one with adults and one with children, found that those who eat oatmeal are significantly less likely to be overweight or obese. A recent study showed that fiber is not the only nutrient in whole grains that affects weight management. Additional components may contribute to a stable long-term weight.
Diabetes: According to the American Diabetes Association, heart disease is two to four times more common in persons with diabetes. People with diabetes need to take extra care to eat right and include foods like whole grains that may help reduce their risk for heart disease.
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