Oatmeal is a regular on many ‘Superfood’ lists as its nutritional benefits has been widely recognised by the research and study done about it over the years. Let us share with you its goodness and why you and your family should be eating oatmeal everyday.

Lowers cholesterol

Oatmeal contains beta-glucan, a soluble fiber which removes the bad cholesterol, leaving the good cholesterol intact. Beta-glucan also enhances the body’s immune system response to bacterial infections.

Protects against cardiovascular disease.

Lignans and avenanthramides found in oatmeal contain anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which suppress the formation of fat in the arteries reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Fights against cancers

The probability of getting colon cancer was observed to be lower among those who adopt a high fiber diet with whole grain food such as oatmeal. In addition, the same high fiber, whole grain food diet was found to be beneficial in preventing breast cancer among pre-menopausal women. Lignans is also valuable in the fight against other type of cancers.

Reduces asthma risk in children

The findings of a study by the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood, suggested that consuming whole grain cereals such as oatmeal along with other food such as fish, legumes, etc decreases the symptoms of asthma in children.

Prevents diabetes

Oatmeal belongs to the group of food which has low glycemic index. Such food prolongs the digestion process and reduce the time taken for the absorption of carbohydrates into the body. This process in turns promote healthier blood sugar control.

Helps in weight loss

Having a bowl of oatmeal which is rich in fiber acts as an appetite suppressor and will keep you feeling full for a longer time. This occurs as oatmeal are broken down in the body at a slower rate as compared to other food. This is helpful as it not only keeps the hunger away but keeps the weight off too.

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