Oatmeal is no longer a hot cereal which is fed to children but one which is regular eaten by health conscious adults because off its ability to stave off a variety of diseases.
Today oatmeal is sold in the market in the form of cut oats, crushed oats, rolled oats and coarse oats and is used to prepare porridges, or to thicken soups and broths.
The health benefits of consuming a single bowl of oatmeal a day is absolutely mind boggling. Oatmeal is rich in calcium, especially when it is combined with milk to prepare porridge, and keeps osteoporosis at bay. The calcium rich oatmeal also strengthens the teeth and keeps hair healthy.
Oatmeal is rich in variety of vitamins and minerals. Oatmeal is rich in B vitamins which are extremely important for the optimal functioning of the nervous system. Besides B vitamins Oatmeal is also a rich store house of other vitamins like vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant and anti blood clotting agent and minerals like thiamine, phosphorous, magnesium and iron.
Zinc is a micronutrient which is essential for the normal metabolic activity of the body. Zinc also helps in wound healing and oatmeal contains adequate amounts of this nutrient.Oatmeal also contains thiamine which is essential for carbohydrate metabolism.
People who are on a weight loss program should definitely incorporate a bowl of oats into their breakfast. A bowl of oatmeal is very filling and keeps away hunger and the desire to snack on sugary foods.
People who suffer from constipation should definitely incorporate oatmeal into their daily diet as oats is a high fiber food. Because of the high fiber content, mainly insoluble fiber, oatmeal is extremely good for diabetics as it prevent blood glucose levels from rising and also lowers blood cholesterol levels.
Oatmeal is a rich source of iron and is very good for pregnant women. Oats also contains good quantities of proteins. A little know fact about oatmeal is that if consumed regularly it can even fight cancer. Oatmeal also provides a lot of strength and stamina to people who lead an active life.