Cereals are something we all like to eat for breakfast. They’re considered to be very healthy as they contain an abundance of nutrients that we need in order to have optimal health. But, the cereals we can buy everywhere contain plenty of sugar, different additives, artificial colors and many other compounds that can affect our health negatively. One amazing alternative is a bowl of oatmeal.
Oats are a great option for breakfast because they are full of minerals, antioxidants, fiber and vitamins. These are all important for optimal health. 1 portion of oats contains 66% of carbs, below 120 calories, only 6% of fat and 11% of fiber. Oats are also full of starch and protein.
Every nutrient has a beneficial effect on our health:
Oats contain carbohydrates that have a slower release in our bloodstream than other foods. They are mostly starch, but the others are fiber which differ from those inside grains. Oats contain 3 types of starch: resistant, slowly digested and rapidly digested.
Oats are full of insoluble fiber like beta glucan and soluble fiber. The insoluble type is abundant in health benefits: it regulates your blood sugar levels, decreases your cholesterol, but also stimulates the releasing of bile. If you consume these regularly, you’ll decrease the risk of heart problems and you’ll be satiated for a longer period of time.
Oats contain protein which keeps you full longer and feeds your muscles. It is of very high quality and isn’t similar to the one in other types of food.
Oats are fuller in fat than other grains. They are mostly polyunsaturated fatty acids that are amazing for your heart health.
Don’t use instant oats. Choose rolled or steel-cut oats. You only need 1 small bowl to keep you satiated until a big meal. You can combine the oats with nuts, honey, coconut, seeds, nut butter and fruit.
In case you have Celiac disease or you’re gluten intolerant, make sure you avoid oats or try to find the one that’s gluten-free!