January is National Oatmeal Month and here are some reasons to celebrate!
- Many studies have shown that eating oatmeal may help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. The soluble fiber in oats can help to lower cholesterol.
- Oatmeal can help with weight management. The soluble fiber in oatmeal absorbs a significant amount of water which slows down the digestive process, resulting in a feeling of fullness that last longer.
- Eating oatmeal may reduce the risk for Type 2 Diabetes. The soluble fiber can help to control blood sugar levels.
- Studies have shown that oatmeal may help reduce high blood pressure.
- Oatmeal contains an assortment of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins. It is also a good source of protein, whole grain and iron.
- Phytochemicals (plant chemicals) and fiber found in oatmeal may reduce the risk for certain types of hormone-related cancers such as breast, prostate, endometrial and ovarian.
- Oatmeal is convenient. Instant oatmeal can be cooked in less than 2 minutes and the pouches are small enough to fit in any purse, briefcase, or backpack.
- Oatmeal can be quite tasty. There is a wide variety of instant oatmeal flavors or you can add cinnamon and brown sugar or fresh fruit to plain oatmeal. The combinations are endless.