US, WASHINGTON (NEWS OBSERVATORY) — Since a healthy diet is critical to overall health, adding oatmeal to your daily diet seems like a good idea.
According to the American website of Health and Human Research, oats are considered one of the most useful whole grain cereals. It is the basis of a balanced diet, a source of fiber and antioxidants, which also contains proteins, carbohydrates, many vitamins and minerals.
What are the benefits of eating oatmeal daily?
1. A healthy dose of antioxidants
Antioxidants are important because they neutralize the harm of free radicals in the body. There are many types of antioxidants, but it is oatmeal that is rich in polyphenols – avenanthramides.
Avenanthramides are believed to lower blood pressure, as they increase the production of nitric oxide, which improves blood flow. Like most antioxidants, avenanthramides have a significant anti-inflammatory effect and help reduce itching.
2. Normalization of cholesterol and sugar
It should be noted that the use of fiber is important for the health of the digestive system, and oats contain a large amount of a special type of fiber – beta-glucan. This fiber is partially soluble during food digestion, creating a thick gel layer in the intestine.
According to studies, regular use of beta-glucan helps to reduce the proportion of low density lipoproteins (“bad cholesterol”), cholesterol levels throughout the body and blood sugar. In addition, beta-glucan contributes to the proper functioning of beneficial bacteria in the intestines and a feeling of prolonged saturation.
3. A good way to lose weight
There is no magic formula for losing weight, but eating foods that create a feeling of satiety for a long time can help achieve this goal. Oatmeal will help you with this.
4. Facilitation of bowel movements
Fiber is a very important part of the diet, as it prevents constipation due to non-digestible oat bran – the shell of the grain. Oat bran softens the bowel movement, as it contains enough water.
If you have just started adding oat bran to your diet, it is best to increase their number gradually. You will need some time to get used to them, since it is likely that a large number of bran in one meal will cause you to constipate.
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