Oatmeal for Breakfast!

oatmeal-cookies

One of the things I really crave is oatmeal. I absolutely love oatmeal cookies, slightly undercooked with or without raisins.  But my favorite is Oatmeal Cookies with both
dark chocolate chips and raisins…a double whammy!  It’s fun to include recipes mad
with oatmeal when planning any breakfast or brunch menu. Sometimes it is a great
way to get kids to enjoy a little Oatmeal for Breakfast! We all know oatmeal is good
for us, but here is what the experts say about good, old fashioned oatmeal.

Here are the Top 10 reasons to eat more OATMEAL

  1. Over 40 studies show that eating oatmeal may help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. According to Quaker, all it takes is 3/4 cup of oatmeal each day to help lower cholesterol. The soluble fiber in oats helps remove LDL or “bad” cholesterol, while maintaining the good cholesterol that your body needs. In January 1997, the Food and Drug Administration announced that oatmeal could carry a label claiming it may reduce the risk of heart disease when combined with a low-fat diet.

  2. The soluble fiber in oatmeal absorbs a considerable amount of water which significantly slows down your digestive process. This result is that you’ll feel full longer, i.e. oatmeal can help you control your weight.

  3. You probably already have oats in your kitchen. It’s estimated that eighty percent of U.S. households currently have oats in their cupboards.

  4. New research suggests that eating oatmeal may reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes. In fact, the American Diabetes Association already recommends that people with diabetes eat grains like oats. The soluble fiber in these foods help to control blood glucose levels.

  5. With the exception of certain flavored varieties, the oats found in your grocery store are 100% natural. If you look at the ingredients on a canister of rolled oats, you will usually see only one ingredient… rolled oats.

  6. According to recent studies, a diet that includes oatmeal may help reduce high blood pressure. The reduction is linked to the increase in soluble fiber provided by oatmeal. Oats contain more soluble fiber than whole wheat, rice or corn.

  7. Oatmeal contains a wide array of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and is a good source of protein, complex carbohydrates and iron.

  8. The fiber and other nutrients found in oatmeal may actually reduce the risk for certain cancers.

  9. Oatmeal is quick and convenient. Every type of oatmeal can be prepared in a microwave oven. Even when cooked on the stovetop, both old-fashioned and quick oats can usually be made in less than 10 minutes. And what about instant oatmeal… a hot breakfast in under a minute… incredible!

  10. Oatmeal is absolutely delicious! There is no limit to the possibilities of combinations  of delicious flavors that can transform ordinary oatmeal into a family favorite. Combine  instant, cooked on the stove or baked in the oven, with some of your other favorite ingredients today!

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