January is National Oatmeal Month

Oatmeal, Whole Grains, High-fiber, Food, Oat Bran

Image credit: lifehack.org

Did you know that oatmeal, a high-fiber food can boost your health and protect it against heart disease and diabetes? Rich in vitamins, minerals and lipids, this power food possesses endless benefits. By the way, Americans consider oatmeal to be the fourth healthiest food from a list of 70 food and beverage items. There are many different types of oatmeal: Rolled Oats, Instant oatmeal, Oat Bran, Oat Groats and Steel Cut Oats.

According to lifehack.org, here are 10 benefits of oatmeal that you probably never knew:
1. Helps control weight.
2. Reduces blood pressure.
3. Reduces cholesterol.
4. Shields your skin.
5. Lowers risk of colon cancer.
6. Stabilizes blood sugar.
7. Athletic performance.
8. Enhances immune response to disease.
9. Helps you sleep.
10. Promotes antioxidant activity.

The site goes on to say, oatmeal is loaded with antioxidants called avenanthramides, which are unique to oats. Antioxidants are important because they protect your cells from free radicals, which are molecules you produce through metabolism and exposure to environmental toxins. Free radicals increase your risk for cancer and heart disease because they are unstable. Avenanthramides antioxidants inhibit inflammation and boost your production of nitric oxide, which prevents hardening of your arteries.

Happy National Oatmeal Month!


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