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Oatmeal, some love it others hate it. I myself had to acquire a taste for it. Let’s get into this awesome carb and see what it’s about. Oatmeal has both essential fibers which are soluble and insoluble. For those who don’t know soluble fiber delays the emptying of your stomach and makes you feel full, which helps control weight. The soluble fiber in oatmeal is known as beta-glucan. Beta-glucan helps lower cholesterol levels and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Beta-glucan enhances the body’s immune system by enhancing it’s response to bacterial infection. Insoluble fiber helps prevent constipation and speed up the passage of food and waste through your gut. Insoluble fibers are mainly found in whole grains and vegetables. Oatmeal also contains avenanthramide which is believed to have anti-inflammatory and heart healthy properties. Shall we learn more?

It was recently brought to my attention that there are two groups of people who should be extremely cautious when it comes to oatmeal. If you’re gluten sensitive be very careful as oatmeal is a grain that contains gluten. If you’re suffering from uric acid (gout, kidney stones) you should know oatmeal contains purines which are substances that break down to uric acid in the body.

What kind of oatmeal do you buy if any? Please don’t tell me you purchase the sugar infested Quaker packs of oatmeal. If you’re a supporter of Quaker do yourself a favor and switch to the 1 minute ready container. Personally I now look for steel cut oats or rolled oats (old fashioned). When it comes to my oatmeal I believe the less processed, the more fiber, the less sugar is best.