Oatmeal is truly a superfood. Unlike most breakfast cereals (“Cornflakes”, “Weetabix”, “All Bran”, “Fruit and Fibre”, toast, etc) Oatmeal is 100% natural and 100% unprocessed. This means that all the goodness of the grain (all 100% of it) is there to be consumed and used by your body.
Oatmeal has had nothing added or taken away – check the ingredients (100% Rolled Oats).
Benefits of Oatmeal
- Oats are good for the heart and libido. They lower blood pressure, absorb toxins, scour artery walls.
- Oatmeal oats are high in complex carbohydrates and soluble fibre, which means they release energy slowly. A bowl of Oatmeal should provide all the energy you need until lunchtime.
- Oats have a low glycaemic index (GI) which means they release glucose into the body more slowly and evenly, leaving you feeling fuller for longer. Which means you’re less likely to ‘snack’ on unhealthy foods.
- Oatmeal is rich in soluble fibre, which has been shown to lower blood cholesterol. High cholesterol occurs when fat builds up and constricts the arteries, reducing blood flow to the heart.
- Eating oats can improve blood flow and bind to cholesterol in the gut, aiding its removal from the body. Scientists think the cholesterol-lowering effects of oats are due to the oat soluble fibre beta-glucan.
- High-fibre foods such as Oatmeal increase the movement of food through the digestive tract and hence prevents constipation. This increased bowel action provides a good environment for beneficial bacteria in the gut to ferment while decreasing levels of destructive bacteria.
Preparing Oatmeal for Breakfast
1/3 cup of Oatmeal (Porridge)
2/3 and a bit cups of Milk
Place in a large deep bowl. Put in the microwave for 3 minutes on high. Remove, stir and serve.
If you’re used to not adding sugar to food you’ll discover oatmeal has a natural subtle sweetness. For children though, try adding some chopped dried apricots ontop when serving.