Does Oatmeal Count as a Functional Food?


Glass Jar Filled with Flakes of Oatmeal

 

So, what about oatmeal? Is it a functional food or is it just a filler? Learn how this simple breakfast can benefit you as a healthier breakfast food.

One of the nutritional advantages of oatmeal is its soluble fiber. This substance attaches itself to the cholesterol in your body and removes it. A process that can help prevent heart disease. In fact, oatmeal is one of the best overall foods for a healthy heart.

The soluble fiber in oatmeal helps to prevent blood sugar spikes. This gives you an advantage in controlling either type of diabetes. It can even help to prevent this condition from occurring in the first place. The reason this is possible, is because this type of fiber makes it easier to keep your weight down and losing unwanted pounds is a great way to manage Type 2 diabetes.

If you’re just starting out, learning how to eat more beneficial foods can be fun. With oatmeal, you can add your favorite fruits for a treat. Plus, if you leave the skin on fresh fruits, this also increases your insoluble fiber intake and will help keep your digestive system regular.

It is best to use the old-fashioned or steel cut oats instead of instant oatmeal. Either way, they do not take long to cook. It’s usually only about two to three minutes on the stove or a minute or so in the microwave. The less-processed oats will also have a higher fiber content.

Of course, you don’t have to just eat oatmeal in the morning. It also makes an excellent addition to a fresh salad or works as a side dish with other meals. You might even consider using it as a dessert or alternative to munching on traditional snacks.

 

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