Hello February, also known as National Heart Health month. I was inspired by this post and thought I would take this timely opportunity to brush up on my oatmeal eating habits. I'm not as organized as they are, but I will eat oatmeal for at least one meal each day of the month. Did you know that oatmeal...
- Contains a special strand of fiber called beta-glucan that helps to reduce cholesterol by up to 23% and the risk of heart disease by 50% if you eat a small bowl every day!
- This fiber strand also helps to pump up our immune system.
- Special antioxidants in oatmeal, avenanthramides, protects our bodies good cholesterol which lowers our chances for cardiovascular disease.
- Prevents mid-afternoon crashes by helping to stabilize our blood sugar throughout the day.
- Contains high amounts of magnesium which helps our body properly use glucose and secrete insulin. This can drastically decrease your chances of developing type 2 diabetes!
- The fiber from the whole grains in oatmeal can protect women from breast cancer by up to 41%.
- Oatmeal is gluten friendly! Although it contains small amounts, in studies it has been tolerated by those with celiacs.
Why not eat a bowl? It's so good for you and your heart! Joe and I will just be starting off with plain oatmeal and oatmeal with brown sugar sprinkled on the top, but does anyone else have any great oatmeal recipes or tricks? We are open to trying anything!