I have added oatmeal to my breakfast as a healthy nutrient
Oatmeal is healthy, I read very often. These days my eye is increasingly drawn to these kinds of statements, because now that I have reached the age of 40+, I think much more about healthier living. So, most mornings I obediently eat a bowl of (lactose-free) yogurt with a handful of oatmeal, blueberries, dried coconut flakes and a little bit of dried banana chips. But why is oatmeal so healthy? And do you gain weight or miss important nutrients if you don’t eat it? In short, I thought it was time to find out why oatmeal is so healthy. That is why you will find below the 5 most important reasons to eat it.
Note: Hi, my name is Muriel and I enjoyed writing this article. Because I am Dutch, my English may not be optimal, but I do my best. Sorry for that. But I hope this blog article still inspires and informs you.
But first: what exactly is oatmeal? And what are oat flakes?
Oatmeal is a type of grain (oats) and there are different names for it. It has to do with how it’s edited. If you want to eat oats as little processed as possible, you can use oat groats. The downside of this is that you have to cook it for a while before you can eat it. So most people opt for oat flakes or oatmeal. Oat flakes consist of hulled, steamed and crushed oats and oatmeal consists of smaller oat flakes. Oatmeal and oat flakes are therefore basically the same, only they have a different shape.
Is it actually gluten free?
Yes! Oatmeal and oat flakes are naturally gluten-free and provide you with important nutrients that you can sometimes miss in a gluten-free diet. But you still read that you should be careful if you have a gluten intolerance. That’s because it’s combined with non-gluten-free ingredients in various products. So, if you have a gluten intolerance, buy really good and pure oatmeal and oat flakes and test it on yourself first. Once you have found a brand that you respond well to, stick to this brand, because it often happens that the ingredients or compositions of a product change.
5 great reasons why oat flakes and oatmeal are healthy:
#1. It’s good for the line!
I thought, let me start with this cool reason! Because, for me, this is the main reason that I exchanged my sandwich in the morning for a bowl of lactose-free yogurt with oatmeal. Because, it gives you a full feeling for a long time, so that you don’t want to eat something again as quickly. This is because there is starch in oats and this ensures a slower digestion of the oatmeal. As a result, you have fewer fluctuations in your blood sugar level, which reduces the tendency to snack. So get rid of those chocolate bars 😉.
#2. Oatmeal is healthy because of the healthy nutrients
It consists of a lot of good fiber, good proteins, good fats and healthy components such as vitamin iron, magnesium, zinc and vitamin B1.
#3. It lowers your cholesterol
You often hear that high cholesterol is bad for your health. Oatmeal seems to improve your cholesterol, reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease. Every little bit helps, I always say. In order not to go into too much detail about why, it is useful to know that the beta-glucan in oatmeal ensures that your cholesterol levels improve.
#4. Oatmeal is good for your wallet
Oatmeal and oat flakes are relatively inexpensive to purchase. It lasts a long time, because you only need to use small amounts at a time. If you are gluten intolerant, it may be a bit more expensive, but in general you can buy a pack of oatmeal or oat flakes for less than a euro.
#5. You can do a lot with it
Oatmeal and oat flakes can be used in many types of dishes. You can use it in smoothies, cookies, bars, pies and cakes, as well as use it as a porridge, as an ingredient in pancakes and much more.
Which oatmeal is of good quality? My tips…
There is a lot of oatmeal available and not all brands are equally good. I prefer organic gluten free oatmeal. Organic, because no chemical pesticides and fertilizers have been used and they are also not genetically modified organisms. I choose gluten-free oatmeal, because gluten can plague your gut and I’d rather not have that. Go to a good health food store and get informed.
3 super fun cookbooks that are all about oatmeal:
Below I would like to give you 3 tips from cookbooks that are sold a lot and are full of nice oatmeal recipes. Which cookbook will you choose?
#1. Cookbook: 222 Tasty Oatmeal Recipes: The Best Oatmeal Cookbook that Delights Your Taste Buds
#2. Cookbook: For the Love of Oats: Delicious recipes for healthy breakfasts, snacks and drinks using oatmeal
#3. Cookbook: The Oatmeal Cookbook
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