Oatmeal is rich in complex, energy-giving carbohydrates, low in fat, and high in water soluble fiber. Soluble fiber may reduce the levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or the “bad” cholesterol. Studies show that 5-10 grams of soluble fiber may decrease the LDL levels by about 5%. Eating 1.5 cups of oatmeal significantly reduces one’s cholesterol levels. Lowering cholesterol levels may then significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Aside from lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease, oatmeal also contains selenium.
- Oatmeal is a good source of many vital nutrients like vitamin E, zinc, copper, iron, manganese, and protein.
- It is fortified with B Vitamins which are known to reduce stress.
- It is a great source of carbohydrate for diabetics because it raises the blood sugar very slowly by staying in the stomach longer.
- It contains beta-glucan which boosts the immune system and increase its response to fight certain infections.
- It is high in calcium.
Be sure to consult your physician or dietician before making any changes to your diet.