Healthy Hearts Love Oatmeal
It’s said that “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day” How do you start your day? Try Oatmeal. A delicious breakfast that helps prevent heart disease and promotes weight loss.
How does Oatmeal help to prevent heart disease? Oats contain an anti-inflammatory and “antioxidant nutrients” that can help prevent buildup in the arteries and maintain arterial function. The fiber in oatmeal binds to “cholesterol” resulting in lower blood cholesterol levels. In fact, just one serving a day of oats may lower cholesterol.
How does Oatmeal promote weight loss? The soluble fiber in oatmeal forms a gel in the stomach delaying stomach emptying. The oatmeal fiber makes people feel full for a longer period helping with weight loss. In a double-blind randomized trial of overweight and obese men and women, almost “90%” of the oatmeal treated subjects reduced their body weight compared to the control group that had no weight loss
Steel cut oats are the best, they’re the least processed which means they’re the most nutritious.
Steel cut oats take about 15-20 minutes to make. If you don’t have that kind of time in the morning, make enough for several days the night before and just warm up a bowl in the morning. Add almond milk, fruit, and sprinkle on some cinnamon and you’ll have a delicious and incredibly nutritious breakfast to start your day.
Ennis Murphy is a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, and the Founder of the Health-E² program. To learn more about his practice and approach to overall health call 732.977.7638 or visit TwoRiverHealth.com. Two River Health is located at 252 Maple Avenue, Red Bank, NJ.