7 Scientific Health Benefits of Oatmeal

According to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, men under 50 years old should aim for at least 38 grams (g) per day, 

1. Stellar Source of Fiber

according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Eating a diet rich in whole grains and other food sources of fiber has been shown to be protective against cardiovascular disease,

A bowl of oats is rich in carbs, so to make your morning meal more balanced, you can add toppings that are packed with protein and healthy fat, says Hultin.

2. Blank Canvas for Nutritious Toppings

The fiber in oats is good for your overall health, but it’s particularly important for a well-functioning digestive system, points out the National Institutes of Health.

3. Can Bolster Digestive Health

Oats pack particular soluble fiber called beta-glucan,a review published in November 2019 in Frontiers in Nutrition. Soluble fiber in oats has been shown to decrease cholesterol

4. Lower Cholesterol

It may help reduce visceral fat, the type of fat in your midsection that hugs your organs and raises your risk of heart disease and stroke

5. Help Reduce Belly Fat

When you belly up to a bowl in the morning, you’re serving up B vitamins, plus minerals including manganese, iron, magnesium, and zinc, says Hultin.

6. Boost Immunity

A study published in September 2019 in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences, this oat antioxidant is a promising cancer fighter — though more studies are needed.

7. Packed With Antioxidants

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