We know by now that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and what you eat is just as important. A healthy breakfast favors whole foods over sugary or processed convenience foods, and sets the tone for good choices all day long. Next time you’re looking for morning-meal inspiration, look no further than the jar of oats you’ve got in your cupboard. Here are five great reasons to kickstart your morning with a hearty bowl of oatmeal.
Reason #1: It’s Filling. Oatmeal is full of soluble fiber – approximately 4 grams per cup. That fiber helps you slow down digestion, skipping the mid-morning munchies and keeping you full until lunch.
Reason #2: It Lowers Cholesterol. All that fiber has other benefits too. Studies have shown that raising your intake of soluble fiber just 5-10 grams daily can lower bad LDL cholesterol by as much as 5 percent, lowering risk of stroke and heart disease.
Reason #3: It Helps You Lose Weight. Research recently found eating breakfast every day led to 4lbs less weight than skipping, and focusing on slow-release carbs like oatmeal can even help burn more fat if eaten prior to exercise.
Reason #4: It Lowers Diabetes Risk. All that soluble fiber also helps control blood glucose levels, which may lower your risk of Type 2 Diabetes. The American Diabetes Association also recommends oatmeal for people who have diabetes.
Reason #5: It’s Fast
A homemade breakfast bar is quick if you make them ahead of time, but in the morning quick oats can be made in less than 5 minutes and rolled oats can be ready in 15-20. Add in your favorite berries, nuts, seeds, and you’ve got a filling and fast meal that fuel you all day long!