The Power Of Oatmeal

http://media.photobucket.com/user/bour3/media/things%20I%20made%20then%20ate/oatmeal-1.jpg.html?filters[term]=oatmeal&filters[primary]=images&filters[secondary]=videos&sort=1&o=1
Rolled Oats
When I was growing up, oatmeal, corn flakes, Cream of Wheat, Shredded Wheat were mainly my school day staple breakfast items. Cold mornings meant a hot bowl of cereal. My favorite was always oatmeal. It was also one of the first meals I was allowed to make on the stove alone.

What Is Oatmeal?

Oatmeal is made from whole harvested oat seeds with the hulls removed. These resulting groats are cut with razor-sharp steel blades that give us the flat flakes we know. The flakes are steamed or roasted to increase the shelf life of the meal. Quick oatmeal requires the groats to go through rollers to flatten them so they will cook faster.

Is Oatmeal Nutritious?

Oatmeal is one of the most nutrient-rich whole grains due to its very limited processing. It thereby retains more minerals and vitamins, fiber and phytonutrients than other cereal grains. Fiber regulates your cholesterol, blood sugar and bowel movements.

Is Oatmeal Heart Healthy?

Due to the simple processing, cooked oatmeal provides 4 grams of water soluble fiber per cup.

Since water soluble fiber regulates cholesterol, blood vessels have less chance of building up clogging plaque thus leading to a healthier heart and circulatory system. This fiber also swells in the digestive tract causing the feeling of fullness which controls over-eating thus assisting in weight control. Lowering weight is also healthy for the heart. Regulating blood sugar is healthy for preventing or managing diabetes.

Oatmeal To Lose Weight

A cup of cooked oatmeal that is prepared using water only provides 166 calories with 6 grams of protein. The water soluble fiber swells in the digestive system giving that full feeling so overeating is kept at bay. The fiber also helps regulate normal digestive functions.

Vitamins and Minerals In Oatmeal

Since oatmeal is a cereal, it is available fortified. Natural unfortified oatmeal provides these:

· Folate is a B vitamin that is necessary for red cell production. It increases the growth and production of cells overall as well as DNA and RNA.
· Thiamine is a water soluble B vitamin. It is necessary for the maintenance of nerves and muscles, production of stomach acid and is a component of several body enzymes.
· Niacin increases energy and metabolism. It is also a component of many enzymes.
· Vitamin K is necessary to the absorption of fat soluble nutrients.
· Oatmeal provides several minerals:

° Selenium
° Potassium
° Phosphorus
° Iron
° Magnesium
° Calcium
° Sodium
° Manganese
° Zinc
° Copper
° Other trace elements

Oatmeal tastes good. The health benefits are wonderful considering the amount needed is minimal. There is an infinite number of flavorings, spices, fruits and nuts to enhance the oatmeal experience. Oatmeal has become elevated as a food. It has come a long way from its beginnings as horse food.

The following two tabs change content below.

Irene Nevins

Irenen1 is a freelance writer. You may recognize her user name and avatar from several writing venues. Her expertise ranges from hospitality, healthcare, business through SEO, online marketing and gardening. She has a lifetime of experience to share with you.

Latest posts by Irene Nevins (see all)

9 thoughts on “The Power Of Oatmeal”

  1. i always love oatmeal… i like the texture of it when eating it in different ways. cookies, porridge . I can’t just put them in my face. although i know how good it is also to revitalize dead skin.

    and I found our pictures so cute with our titles… .
    look.. look at the expression of the monkey .. and my picture (the monkey and my picture are not the same, are we?)

    Reply
  2. This is something new for me, I’m going to try this as it have some good amount of protein plus iron, hope it’s tasty!

    Reply
    • You get to make it as tasty as you wish. Try cinnamon and brown sugar or apples and cherries or bananas and nuts…

      Reply
  3. Thanks for reminding me! I also mostly had oatmeal when I was a kid. And I have just realized how important it really is to make ourselves healthy.

    Reply
  4. I use to buy the instant oatmeal with fruits or flavor but stopped, guess will go back to it. Got to ask my doctor if it’s ok first

    Reply
    • Go back to the old-fashioned and add your own. The closer to the grain, the more nutritious it is. Cooking time is almost the same.

      Reply

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.