Surprising Side Effects Eating Oatmeal

1. Improve Your Athletic Performance

"Oats increase your metabolism and can amplify your athletic performance if it's eaten within one hour of exercise,Says registered nutritionist Jay Cowin

2. Boost Your Heart Health

"Oatmeal is rich in soluble fiber beta-glucan," explains clinical dietitian practitioner and diabetes educator Tejal Pathak, MS, RD, founder of TejRD.

"Numerous studies have linked fiber and its possible role in cardiovascular [health] by improving blood lipid levels and postprandial effects on blood sugars."

3. boost your digestive health

"The fiber content of oatmeal improves gut health and keeps you full," explains nutritionist Lisa Richards, author of The Candida Diet.

In fact, a 2014 review of research published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that two individuals with ulcerative colitis saw their condition improve after adding oatmeal to their diet, 

Want to boost your gut health and your immune health in one fell swoop? It could be as simple as making oatmeal part of your regular routine

4. Improve Your Immune System

The fiber content of oatmeal improves gut health by serving as a prebiotic food to feed healthy gut bacteria already existing there. This one fact alone will improve immune health,

lower your risk of chronic disease, and reduce inflammation in the body," explains Trista Best, a registered dietician at Balance One Supplements.