Have you ever thought about all the benefits of a bowl of oatmeal? Yes, as kids we are all told to “eat our porridge”. But how many parents really understood how healthy oatmeal really is? Our parents first thought was to provide their children with a healthy breakfast to start the day.  Yes this is correct. And then they would add a handful of raisins. Well, to tell you the truth, my first thought was “NO WAY”. Now as I have experimented with different options for breakfast, I now always seem to include oatmeal as my choice for at least two to three mornings each week.

Choosing the right kind of carbohydrates, as a Diabetic, is as simple as choosing oatmeal considering the amount of fiber it contains. In fact if you look at oatmeal as a fiber, you will see that it gives you a double whammy!  It is a low calorie alternative plus the added bonus is that fills up your stomach, you will stay full longer which helps to slow down your digestive system.

Oatmeal is a soluable fiber and studies have shown that it is helpful in lower blood cholesterol levels as well. Other types of soluable fiber is barley, beans and citrus fruits. Whole wheat bread, cereals and most vegetables are called insoluable fiber because they are important for ridding the body of toxins with normal bowel movements.

The best way to get the most benefit from oatmeal is to purchase the steel cut version of oatmeal. It may be more difficult to find depending on where you live but the benefits are greater. The quick and ready or instant oatmeal is packed full of hidden sugars.

If you consider that 1/4 cup of steel cut oatmeal has:

  • 150 to 170 calories (depending on the brand)
  • 27 to 29 grams of carbs
  • 5 to 7 grams of protein
  • 10% of your daily iron consumption

And the list goes on…but the most important part of this is a that you understand the benefits. The cooking time will be a bit overwhelming – BIG SECRET – you can cook up a big pot and divide into microwaveable containers or put in a pot with a bit of water and reheated. Adding dried fruit and berries, nuts, seeds and yogurt makes for a fiber filled nutritional breakfast.

I hope you have enjoyed a few tidbits on how oatmeal can be beneficial to you whether you are a diabetic or not. Enjoy your new breakfast options!

Take Care,

Jane Brown

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