#7 Oatmeal..Serious BRAIN power!!!

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Granola, dense cakes, cookies, energy bars, muffins, meatloaf, no bake
cookies, oatmeal—oh my! The body and brain love this healthful source
of glucose more than any other. That’s why food scientists recommend
oatmeal for breakfast to fill you up and keep your body and brain
powered all morning long.

IMPORTANT TIPS about OATMEAL

1. In some cases oatmeal is considered safe for those with a Gluten-free
diet. So many are gluten sensitive,  yet have no problem with oatmeal.
If you are gluten intolerant or have celiac disease there is some cause
for concern. Oats lack many of the prolamines (proteins) found in
wheat (gluten) but oats do contain avenin. Avenin is a prolamine
that is considered toxic to the intestinal mucosa of avenin-sensitive
individuals.

2. Oatmeal is a low calorie food.  It also stays in your stomach
longer, making you feel full longer. You will have less hunger
and cravings. A cup is only 130 calories!

3. Oatmeal is high in fiber, low levels of fat, and high levels of
protein. Oatmeal is on the top of the list for the highest protein
levels of any grain.

4. Oatmeal is good for health, it stabilizes blood sugar and reduces
risk of diabetes. The high fiber and complex carbohydrates slow
down the conversion of this whole food to simple sugars. The high
levels of magnesium nourish the body’s proper use
of glucose and insulin secretion.

5. Removes your bad cholesterol (without affecting your good cholesterol).
It consist of a unique fiber in oatmeal called beta-glucan, has beneficial
effects on cholesterol levels field contamination and processing facilities.
Many studies have shown that many celiacs can consume wheat free oats
with no problems.

6. Oatmeal contains lignans which protect against heart disease and
cancer. Like many whole grains, oatmeal contains plant lignans, which
are converted by intestinal flora into mammalian lignans.  One lignan,
called enterolactone, is thought to protect against breast and other
hormone-dependent cancers as well as heart disease.

8. Oatmeal contains unique antioxidants beneficial for heart disease.
A study at Tufts University shows that the unique antioxidants in oatmeal
called avenanthramides,  help prevent free radicals from damaging LDL
cholesterol, thus reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.

9. Oatmeal Protects against heart failure. A Harvard  study on 21,000
participants over 19 years showed that found that men who enjoyed a
daily morning bowl of whole grain (but not refined) cereal had a 29 %
lower risk of heart failure.

10. Oatmeal enhances immune response to disease. The unique fiber in
oatmeal called beta-gluten also has been shown to helps neutrophils
travel to the site of an infection more quickly and  it also enhances
their ability to eliminate the bacteria they find there

11. Oatmeal tastes good because all oats, whether in flakes or groats form
have gone through a heat process which gives them their rich nutty flavor.
This keeps them from spoiling, they have also been hulled. This process
does not strip away all the bran and germ allowing them to retain a
concentrated source of fiber and nutrients.

So with all this fabulous information about all of the wonderful benefits from
making OATMEAL a part of your diet, I for one, am going to try to have some
oatmeal everyday. I make a wonderful granola with coconut oil, honey, almonds
and fresh coconut. It is in volume seven, and it out of this world. I have now decided
to  have a little of that delicious granola everyday. It is fabulous as a snack when I
need a quick pick me up, and the perfect topping with fresh strawberries and yogurt.
Anytime of  the day or night, it seems to be just the right thing to satisfy my hunger!

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