Assuming your oatmeal is gluten-free (read "Is Oatmeal Gluten-Free?"), lots of health experts recommend eating it to reduce cholesterol and preventing heart disease? But what's the true scoop on oatmeal?
A half-cup serving of a leading brand of quick oats (cooked with milk) contains the following:
--27 grams of carbohydrates
--4 grams of fiber
--5 grams of protein
--3 grams of fat (.5 gram saturated)
--10 percent daily value (DV) of iron
Oatmeal also contains lots of minerals. A cup of the same leading conventional brand contains:
--25 percent DV of magnesium --30 percent DV of phosphorous
Oatmeal also contains a significant amounts of selenium, copper and manganese, all essential trace minerals.
Even if you're gluten-free one smart eating plan is to limit the amount of carbohydrates that can quickly convert into sugar. Limiting carbs in general is considered a strategy in limiting inflammation, caused by high blood sugar. But is the carb count in oatmeal too high for a gluten-free dieter?
Before answering that question, more importantly than factoring in the amount of carbs a serving size of oatmeal contains, is, 'how do you feel after eating oatmeal?'
Do you feel, say, within an hour after eating oatmeal, you feel level-headed, grounded and have steady energy? Or does the oatmeal feel like it's sitting like a rock in your stomach? If it's the latter, no matter the healthy nutritional portfolio (see values above) of oatmeal, if it doesn't feel efficiently digested, oatmeal might not be an optimum fuel source for you.
It could also be, though, that you're eating too much of it, or the wrong kind. Obviously, the small flavored packets of oatmeal are loaded with added sugar and should be avoided at all cost. You also might like slow-cooked steel oats better.
Natural oatmeal, such as slow-cooked steel oats, is a slow-burning carbohydrate. So it should provide you with steady energy, not a quick spike and then subsequent dip in energy in certain carbohydrates, such as white bread that contains no fiber.
Real oatmeal and porridge like that eaten as a staple for hundreds of years in communities throughout Ireland and Scotland, insulated from modern foods, is loaded with natural fiber. The fiber in oatmeal (as well as fruits and vegetables) is clinically proven to lower blood fat levels.
If you're like the average American adult, you're only getting about half your recommended daily fiber intake.
Oatmeal also helps reduce blood pressure in people that have high cholesterol. Other studies have suggested that oatmeal prevents: type 2 diabetes, weight gain, and hardening of the arteries.
If you have a bit of a sweet tooth, adding a handful of blueberries and a dab of raw honey can add sweetness to the oatmeal without adding refined sugars.
The healthiest thing to add to oatmeal, however, is Miracle Matcha Health Mix-in, a superfood blend of goji berries, chia and flaxseeds and Pure White Matcha Tea Powder from Kenya, which has three times more antioxidants than green tea.
If you're still not sure about whether or not oatmeal is good for you, you can always replace regular oatmeal with this version of Miracle Oatmeal:
Low Carb Miracle Rice "Oatmeal"
By: Krista Bateman
1 pkg Miracle Noodle Rice
1 Tbsp butter
1 small apple, diced (or other fruit, peaches are also nice; canned fruit is fine)
1/3 cup heavy cream
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 - 1 tsp apple pie or pumpkin pie spice
Melt the butter in a skillet pan and saute the diced apple until soft.
Open, rinse and drain the Mirace Noodle Rice and place in the skillet. Heat it long enough to evaporate the water from rinsing.
Add the heavy cream and stir. Lower heat if needed so the cream does not burn.
Add all the spices and cook until the desired consistency. Makes two servings.
* I like to add a bit of cold milk or cream to mine once I have it in the bowl.
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