Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Oatmeal – a Fat Burning Food

940659Researches have shown that people who eat oats on a daily basis are less likely to develop heart diseases.

Do you get turned off because of its bland taste? Have it in the form of porridge, instant idli, khichdi with lots of vegetables, in plain milk or add fresh and dry fruits. And for a change, it can even be had in the form of cutlets. But, make it a part of your daily diet. The best thing is that it is a quickie food that doesn’t take more than 10 minutes to cook. And just like other grains oats do not lose their nutrients even after being processed. Doctors and health experts around the world recommend oatmeal for a long and a healthy life.

  • Its sugar fee, low cal and low sodium meal.
  • Being an excellent source of soluble and insoluble fibre, oatmeal is the best when it comes to weight loss and low cholesterol. Soluble fiber helps lower LDL (bad) cholesterol level without reducing HDL (good) level. 
  • Oatmeal helps ward of obesity as it slows down the digestion process and gives a sense of fullness.
  • Studies have revealed that regular consumption of oatmeal breakfast actually reduces the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, by controlling the blood glucose levels. Oatmeal has much more content of soluble fiber than rice, whole wheat or corn. 
  • This highly nutritious cereal brings immense relief to those suffering from constipation, irritable bowel syndrome and hemorrhoids.
  • Rich in minerals and antioxidants, it forms a perfect diet for normalizing blood pressure. 
  • The compounds present in these whole grains reduce early hardening of the arteries and cuts the risk of coronary diseases.
  • High in protein and iron, it is extremely beneficial in reducing the risk of cancer.
  • Oats are good source of vitamin E, and selenium, iron and copper.
  • The great amount of zinc that it contains, which aids in normal metabolism, normal reproduction and growth of new tissues, as well as for glucose tolerance and nucleic acid.
  • It’s an ideal the most nutritious food for the babies, children, adult and pregnant women.

In order to get all the nutrients from oatmeal, ensure that you take whole grains and not the refined form.

“Daily intake of I bowl of oatmeal in breakfast helps in reducing weight and cholesterol”, advises Ritika Samaddar, Chief Dietician, Max Hospital Saket.

Instant idli with oatmeal

Blend together1 cup of oatmeal with sour curd. Once mixed well allow it to sit for ten minutes. Just before microwaving/ steaming idlis, add half a teaspoon of fruit salt (Eno) and salt to taste (consistency should be of idli batter). Microwave it for seven minutes and it’s ready to eat. Alternatively, steam it and if you wish season it with mustard seeds and curry leaves. You are all prepared to get the oats advantage.

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