Margaret Minnicks is a health-conscious person who researches the health benefits of foods and drinks.
Over 40 different studies have been conducted and the findings are positive when it comes to the reasons people should eat oatmeal every day. If you don't make it a habit of eating oatmeal, perhaps one or more of the following reasons will convince you to start eating oatmeal. Even if you don't eat it every day, begin eating it sometimes until you acquire the taste to eat it more often.
Oatmeal Doesn't Have to Be Boring
People who eat oatmeal every day probably know something other people don't know about the hot cereal. They eat oatmeal for many benefits that the breakfast food has.
Some die-hard consumers of oatmeal once didn't like it. When they finally tried and discovered how the fiber kept them full, they acquired a love for it and have been consuming it over many years.
Since they eat it every day, they have learned to be creative so they won't get bored. For instance, sometimes they put fruit on top of it such as blueberries, strawberries, slices of bananas, or raisins.
At other times, they spice it up with cinnamon or allspice. That is not the limit of the options because peanut butter is also a favorite thing to add to a hot bowl of oatmeal. Adding a light drizzle of maple syrup, honey or a bit of vanilla flavoring can also enhance the flavor.
Some people have tried chopped nuts, shredded coconut, cocoa powder, chocolate chips or Nutella on top of their oatmeal and they love having those additional choices.
As you can see, oatmeal doesn't have to be boring.
The Food and Drug Administration determined in 1997 that by eating oatmeal, the risk of heart disease is reduced when combined with a healthy diet. The European Food Safety Authority came to a similar conclusion in 2010.
Other health benefits are listed below.
Reason 1 - Lowers Cholesterol
People who eat about 3/4 cup of oatmeal every day will see a lower cholesterol number when tested. This will also help reduce the risk of heart disease.
Reason 2 - Reduces Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
Eating oatmeal may reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. Because of the soluble fiber in oatmeal, it helps to control blood glucose levels.
Oats may help lower blood sugar levels and also improve insulin sensitivity. Those who suffer from diabetes should eat oatmeal for that particular reason alone. The other benefits will be added bonuses.
Reason 3 - Reduces Risk of Certain Cancers
Because of the fiber and other nutrients found in oatmeal, the risk for certain cancers may be lowered, according to doctors and nutritionists.
Reason 4 - Reduces High Blood Pressure
Wheat, rice, and corn have soluble fiber, but oats contain more than any of them. That is good news for people who have a high blood pressure. If they eat a healthy diet that includes oatmeal, they will notice a reduction in their blood pressure reading almost immediately.
Reason 5 - Sources of Many Nutrients
Oatmeal is a good source of many nutrients that the body needs. The nutrients include protein, complex carbohydrates and many other ingredients.
- Contain 2% protein
- Has 2% fat
- Contains 12% carbohydrates
- Has 2% dietary fiber that keeps you full
- Contains 29% of the daily value of manganese
- Has 11% content of phosphorus
- Contain11% of zinc
- Filled with iron and a wide array of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants
- In a 100-gram amount of cooked oatmeal, there are only 71 calories.
Reason 6 - Natural Ingredients
The oats you can buy from your grocery store are 100% natural. Some of the flavored varieties are not natural. Before purchasing oats, check the label.
You won't go wrong if you purchase the ones that have the highest percentage of natural ingredients.
Reason 7 - Helps with Weight Control
Usually, people who eat oatmeal on a regular basis notice a significant weight loss. That's because the fiber keeps them from getting hungry and snacking throughout the day. Therefore, oatmeal helps control weight.
Two reasons for the weight loss:
- Oatmeal has few calories than most breakfast foods.
- Oatmeal keeps a person fuller much longer because of the fiber that it contains.
Reason 8 - Inexpensive
According to studies, about 80% of all households in the United States have oatmeal in their cabinets. That's because the product is so inexpensive that families can afford to buy it often and stock up on it.
If anyone is on a budget, buying oatmeal is the way to go.
Reason 9 - Quick and Convenient to Prepare
It doesn't require much time and effort to prepare oatmeal for breakfast. This food is ideal for families who are rushing to get out of the house in the morning to go to work or school.
Oatmeal can be prepared very quickly and conveniently. It can be cooked in the microwave or on the stove in about 10 minutes.
Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on June 09, 2018:
peachy, thanks for the tip about oatmeal.
peachy from Home Sweet Home on June 09, 2018:
Oatmeal helps to reduce constipation and the heart best friend.
Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on April 05, 2018:
Thanks, Rochelle for the information about your Cranberry Bran recipe. It sounds delicious!
Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on April 04, 2018:
RevMargaret, Oatmeal cookies might be better than other kinds. I have a Cranberry Bran recipe on here that is very healthy with walnuts and wheat germ-- sometimes I put in oatmeal flakes if I'm a bit short on bran cereal... it's all good .
Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on April 03, 2018:
Good for you, Amanda. Thanks for reading and responding to my article.
amanda a from Bakersfield on April 03, 2018:
great article, you are absolutely right, i love oatmeal foods
Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on April 01, 2018:
Rochelle, you and a lot of other people are talking about how much they love oatmeal. I wish I did. I guess oatmeal cookies don't count!
Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on March 31, 2018:
I like oatmeal, especially in cold weather. Usually I add raisins, sometimes a spoonful of instant vanilla pudding. I've stirred in an egg once in awhile. When I don't eat it, I usually have a cold oat cereal with almond milk and sometimes, fruit.