Oatmeal diet plan
When you're thinking of your health - lose weight and lower cholesterol - there isn't a better start to the day than a hot bowl of whole grain oatmeal.
Oatmeal has many health benefits:
- Oatmeal is an excellent source of calcium, especially if made with milk. Calcium helps to strengthen bones, teeth and hair and staves off osteoporosis.
- Oatmeal is a good source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, protein, complex carbohydrates and iron.
- Oatmeal is filling. Those who eat oatmeal are less likely to fill up with sugary snacks before lunch.
- The water soluble fiber in oatmeal helps to lower cholesterol.
- The soluble fiber in oatmeal also deters the consumption of starch. So diabetics won’t experience a rise in insulin after eating. Oatmeal may reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes. The soluble fiber in these foods help to control blood glucose levels.
- Oatmeal is a low-fat food. You can eat a large bowl without having to worry about packing on the pounds. Keep track of the sugar content, however. Some oatmeal varieties geared towards kids contain high amounts of sugar.
- Oatmeal is said to have cancer fighting properties.
- Oatmeal contains high amounts of fiber, keeping you regular.
- Oatmeal reduces acne.
- A diet that includes oatmeal may help reduce high blood pressure. The reduction is linked to the increase in soluble fiber provided by oatmeal.
In addition to health benefits when oatmeal is eaten, oatmeal can be used in many home remedies.
- Oatmeal in a bath can take the itch out of rashes caused by allergies or illnesses such as chicken pox.
- Applying a paste of oatmeal and water helps soothe insect bites, bee stings and the itch caused by poison ivy.
- Oatmeal and water makes a wonderful facial scrub. An oatmeal mask will also soften skin