Most people conjure up an image in their mind about eating oatmeal. They’re either over the age of 60 or seeking the joys of regularity. But it should not be that way. If you’re interested in a good breakfast food that is packed with vitamins and minerals, and even some cancer-fighting phytonutrients, oatmeal is at the top of the list. 😊 Oatmeal can help support you in your quest to fight diabetes, obesity and colon problems. Here’s the STUDY on that, in case you’d like to read about the positive metabolic effects of oats on diabetes. I have another article about diabetes, by the way. You can CLICK HERE to read Antibiotics Cause Diabetes, Stomach Problems and Asthma.
Or just WATCH MY VIDEO HERE showing you exactly how to make it.
1. Want protection from germs or cancer?
Oats are a very healthy source of carbs, fat, protein, and fiber. The most famous fiber of all is “beta glucan,” and that’s because it is a natural immunomodulator. It makes sure that your immune system’s radar detector control panel is on alert, thereby placing your fighter cells on guard in case attack invaders show up. The most common attackers are bacteria, viruses and rogue cells that cause cancer. Beta glucan activates T cells, macrophages, natural killer (NK) cells and certain cytokines (like IL-1 for instance) to hunt down and get rid of these attackers.
Beta glucan is found in oatmeal and it’s been studied in many research labs. Scientists have found evidence that it can stimulate the growth of new stem cells (which are immune cells) that reside within your bone marrow. These new healthy immune cells (immunocytes) are sent out into your bloodstream so they can travel all over your body and to all your organs, and create a whole entire alarm program for your body, AND protect you from foreign antigens and invaders! Think of oatmeal as imparting compounds that act like an “ADT” alarm system for antigens! As fiber travels through the gut there is also a known action that helps protect against colon cancer. More about that in a bit.
2. Feeling Tired 😩 or Anemic?
Oats contain many vitamins and minerals, especially iron. Just one cup dried oats contains 26% of the Recommended Daily Allowance for iron. Obviously, you want to cook the oats, but that’s the amount that was nutritionally evaluated, just so you know. What’s nice about this is that iron supplementation can be very hard on your gastrointestinal tract, and can cause stool discoloration, cramps, constipation, and severe nausea or vomiting. To have a delicious meal and know that you’re getting much needed iron can be a blessing.
Oatmeal imparts over half your RDA for B1 (79%), as well as being a rich source for other B vitamins such as these:
Folate aka B9 (22%)
All of these B vitamins contribute to the production of ‘good mood’ neurotransmitters, thus lessening depression, anxiety and insomnia. B vitamins are critical for healthy methylation, too. If you are interested in reading, Methylation Problems Leads to 100s of Diseases, just CLICK HERE.
The B vitamins are known for their role in burning calories and food metabolism as well as red blood cell production. In short, for everything that keeps us healthy, happy, alive, and resilient!
If it interests you, here’s the rest of the mineral profile on oats:
Calcium 84.3 mg (8% RDA)
Iron 7.4 mg (41% RDA)
Magnesium 276 mg (69% RDA)
Phosphorus 816 mg (82% RDA)
Potassium 669 mg (19% RDA)
Zinc 6.2 mg (41% RDA)
Copper 1.0 mg (49% RDA)
Manganese 7.7 mg (383% RDA)
Oats also possess a wide array of phytonutrients such as carotenoids, tocopherols (vitamin E), flavonoids and a type of polyphenol called avenanthramides.
3. Interested in Avenanthramides to Protect Your Heart ❤️? Oatmeal has this!
Avenanthramides are a plant-derived substance (termed a phytochemical) that is only found in oats and widely in skincare products because of its anti-inflammatory and anti-itch properties. But it’s actually also useful to provide additional protection against coronary artery disease and colon cancer. You can read the studies on avenandthramides published here in Nutrition Reviews by CLICKING HERE.
Additionally, here’s the STUDY for avenanthramide’s role in skin and itch/inflammation.
Carotenoids and flavonoids contribute greatly to heart health as well as guarding against asthma, stroke and much more. The powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action from oatmeal is kind of amazing when you think you can get a big container of this food that will feed about 10 people and make them feel better for less than 10 bucks!
If you are interested in other foods that contain carotenoids, I recently wrote an interesting article on papain, a natural enzyme derived from the papaya fruit. CLICK HERE to read 6 Amazing Benefits of Papaya and Papain.
On the same continuum, carotenoids and other specific foods can help with vision. I wrote an article that might be of interest to some of you entitled, 8 Ways to Protect Your Eyesight. Please CLICK HERE to read it, or forward it to a loved one. It is among my more popular blogs. Use my search box to find whatever you need.
4. Want to increase satiety? This induces weight loss!
Oatmeal, in my humble opinion, is one food you should embrace when you’re pursuing additional weight loss. Not only does it make you feel full almost immediately, you carry that feeling of fullness for hours. It keeps your stomach feeling full longer and then you eat less during the day.
That specifically translates to reduced overall caloric intake, and that’s precisely what you need to start losing weight. Speaking of losing weight, I have an article you might be interested in that helps you turn on your ‘fat-burning’ switch! CLICK HERE to read, Get a Hot Bod with 7 Thermogenic Foods.
Oatmeal is not thermogenic, the way green coffee bean extract is. A lot of people heard about green coffee beans on the Dr. Oz show many years ago. But if you missed this part, CLICK HERE to read What Dr. Oz Forgot to Say About Green Coffee Bean Extract.
Eating oatmeal for breakfast may prevent the urge to snack an hour later because this grain is relatively low on the glycemic index. Most cereals and morning grains are disguised as healthy but they contain a lot of sugar, and they spike your blood sugar. When it crashes an hour or two later, you are hungry again. It’s not that way with oatmeal unless you buy the kind that is essentially candy, tainted with artificial colors or flavorings, refined sugar or candy, even marshmallows and whatnot… I think you know what brands I’m talking about. Today’s article is about real (plain) oatmeal, the steel cut kind. You can dress it up and make it delicious without all the junk that food makers put into it. I have the best oatmeal RECIPE for you!
Oatmeal helps to maintain blood sugar levels long after you’ve consumed it. By regulating insulin, oatmeal keeps you from storing carbohydrates as fat on your thighs, and instead helps you burn them off for fuel. It improves insulin resistance which reduces risk of diabetes.
What’s most impressive about oatmeal, however, is how it impacts your food intake and daily caloric intake. Because of the following amazing things, oatmeal can help you trim your daily calorie consumption by 80%.
* It is low-glycemic
* Lowering your cravings
* Reducing the number of daily snacks
* Reducing overstuffing and overconsumption at meals
5. Need blood sugar support for cravings or diabetes?
Oatmeal may help reduce your risk for diabetes in a way. This is because it can control blood sugar. It is the soluble fiber in oatmeal which slows down the rate at which carbs are broken down and digested. This stabilizes your blood sugar and steadies the line rather than it spiking up and down and up and down. It is a good thing.
Because it keeps blood sugar stable, oatmeal is theoretically great at preventing complications from diabetes or other chronic illnesses. It literally improves insulin resistance. Did you know statins lead to Diabetes? You can read this ARTICLE that I wrote to find out more: How Statins Cause Diabetes.
If you or a loved one has diabetes, check out my FREE ebook filled with recipes that they can enjoy! Just click the image. 🙂
I would say it could go a long way to prevent the development of diabetes or metabolic syndrome if you started now and kept the oatmeal habit up. I am definitely an oatmeal fan if you haven’t deduced that by now. I think I make the best too!
In a study of over 4,000 men and women over a 10 year span, those folks who ate the diets with the highest fiber content were also the least likely to develop diabetes. That’s pretty astounding 🙌 considering there isn’t one diabetes drug that slashes the risk by 61% and that’s the figure derived at in the study. In other words, oatmeal can reduce the risk of developing diabetes by 61%. There isn’t a conventional medication treatment that I know of that does that!
Oatmeal lovers rarely go on statins. That’s because oatmeal can lower total as well as LDL cholesterol. All the soluble fiber oats contain slows the rate at which your body can break down and absorb carbohydrates, which means your blood sugar levels stay stable.
How much fiber is enough? People with the lowest risk of developing diabetes reported eating at least 25 grams of fiber from grains and cereals daily. If you’d like to learn more about natural alternatives for diabetes, consider buying a copy of my famous book, Diabetes Without Drugs – A 5-Step Plan to Controlling Blood Sugar and Preventing Complications.
6. Worried about colon cancer? (Please don’t dismiss… it can happen to anyone and SUDDENLY.)
Recently, scientists have learned that there is a strong connection between fiber consumption and lowered risk of colon cancer. In a study in the Netherlands with over 2 million people, scientists learned that for every 10 grams of fiber added to the diet, colon cancer risk is reduced by about 10%. I wish my sweet brother Danny had a better diet and lifestyle… because he passed away from colon cancer and it was very, very fast! None of us could do anything for him, and I miss him so much. You can read about Danny in my article, My Brother Was a Secret, by CLICKING HERE.
Cancer of the colon is very difficult to treat, and can be very painful. Some people feel like it’s preventable if you eat a diet high in fiber. One STUDY, pooled by researchers in Britain and the Netherlands, published evidence in 2014 in the journal, Gastroenterology, that there was a link between individuals who eat a fiber-rich diet (think oatmeal and whole grains) and reduced risk of colorectal cancer. The famous actress Farrah Faucet passed away of this in 2009 at 62 years of age. Many people do. In fact, in 2018, this type of cancer was expected to kill 50,630 people.
This study also covered nearly 2 million people and specifically found that for every additional 10 grams of fiber in someone’s diet, there is a 10% reduction in their risk of developing colorectal cancer!
It’s never too late to make changes to your life and your diet that help rejuvenate your health. Eating oatmeal even twice a week (for dinner even, whenever you want to!) can have an immediate impact on longevity. In fact, in the colon cancer study, the researchers noted that the study found that it is never too late to start. The researchers noted that no matter when you begin upping your intake of dietary fiber, the reduced risk and beneficial effects are immediate.