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January is Oatmeal Month

oatmeal.jpgOatmeal, one of the most nutritious and versatile foods around is also extremely easy to prepare. Unfortunately, oatmeal has often gotten a bad rap from television shows, but it really is a healthy and tasty treat when done just right. This handy food can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner or anytime in-between as a healthy snack.

There are lots of reasons why oatmeal is a wonder food, but one well known benefit from eating oatmeal is its ability to lower LDL or bad cholesterol naturally. Best of all, while removing bad cholesterol, oatmeal helps to maintain healthy levels of HDL or good cholesterol. So good is oatmeal at reducing bad cholesterol that the FDA allows cereal companies to claim in their advertising that eating it can reduce the risk of heart disease when it is part of a low-fat diet.

Do you have risk factors for diabetes or high blood pressure? If so, then adding this wonder food to your diet can help lower your risk. The fiber in oatmeal is one of the factors that gives it the ability to help control blood glucose and hypertension (high blood pressure).

Because of the abundance of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants in oatmeal, it is also a cancer-fighting food. So do you need more reasons to start adding this food to your diet? Here are a few more:

  • It is easy to prepare and takes under ten minutes to prepare. You can spice up oatmeal by adding sugar, raisins, spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg, or anything else that you want such as fruit.
  • Oatmeal is all natural, as a matter of fact, its one of the few cereals that can boast that fact.

Be sure to use the slow cooking kind (10 minutes or so) as the 1instant has lost most of its fiber and nutritional content during processing. Not to mention all the added salt and sugar!

To top it all off, oatmeal is great for all members of the family.

1Here’s a little trick we use in our house. I buy organic steel cut oats from my grocer’s bulk aisle. Before I go to bed I boil water, mix in the oats, stir, put the lid on and cook for one minute. Then I turn the stovetop off and go to bed. In the morning I have a perfect pan of oats ready to eat after just a little bit of warming. Instant oatmeal the healthy way!

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