Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Healthy Wednesdays - An ode to oatmeal
What is heart healthy, keeps you from getting hungry for hours, is easy on your wallet and tastes good too?
Let's start with the heart healthy part. Apparently oatmeal helps to lower cholesterol by lowering LDL cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol) levels. This assumes of course that you don't cancel out this benefit by adding whole milk and or butter to your bowl of oatmeal or try to get your oatmeal health benefits from oatmeal cookies! There are other health benefits of eating oats - check out what they are at Eat More Oats
Then there is the benefit of not getting hungry for a good while after eating a bowl of oatmeal. The process of digesting oats helps you feel full longer which helps you consume fewer calories. Eating oats can also spread the rise in blood sugars over a longer time period which helps control blood glucose and insulin levels (also essential in preventing many of the complications associated with diabetes). Of course this assumes you don't add a lot of sugar to that bowl of oats. Add some high fiber fruit, greek yogurt, and/or nuts to your bowl and you enhance these effects.
Now for the easy on the wallet part. Buy a 42 oz. package of generic old fashioned oatmeal (takes a whole 5 minutes to cook!) for around $3.40 and you get 30 servings at $0.11 per serving. Not bad for breakfast cereal!
Lastly, it tastes good!