Is there anything wrong with eating oatmeal every day? What are the best health benefits? Any negatives?
These days some people are anti-carbs and think all carbs are bad. They aren’t.
Oats have many benefits and today I’ll list the top 3 health benefits.
If you’re concerned about gluten, oats are naturally gluten-free.
Good Source Of Fiber
Especially large amounts of beta-glucan soluble fiber -which partially dissolves in water and forms a thick, gel-like solution in the gut.
The health benefits of beta-glucan fiber include:
- Reduced LDL and total cholesterol levels
- Reduced blood sugar and insulin response
- Increased feeling of fullness
- Increased growth of good bacteria in the digestive tract
Oats also improve gut health, gut bacteria and keep you regular by reducing constipation.
Of course, oats are full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
Don’t eat an oatmeal muffin and think you’re getting the same benefits of just regular oatmeal by itself.
A muffin or some similar snack food may have some oats, but it also has a lot of other junk, fats, sugars, and extra calories.
What you want is just regular organic oatmeal.
Which Type Of Oats Is The Best?
- Steel-Cut Oats – most closely related to the original, unprocessed oat. They have the lowest glycemic index and the highest fiber content.
- Rolled Oats – have a milder flavor and softer texture and take much less time to make than steel-cut oats, as they have been partially cooked.
- Quick oats – are rolled oats that go through further processing to decrease cooking time.
The healthiest option is steel-cut and the least is quick oats.
But honestly, just pick the one you like the taste of the most and you can stick to it long term.