Oatmeal is hands down one of my favorite starches. Oatmeal is one of those foods with some many benefits you would be crazy not to consume it on a regular basis. It’s a superfood in true form. Not to mention that fact that if prepared correctly can taste like cake. (not bad for a superfood) Check out the list below for the amazing benefits of oats:
- Oatmeal helps build muscle. Many bodybuilders rely on oatmeal as on of their main carb sources to both gain muscle and lose fat. Oatmeal is very filling and tastes very good if prepared correctly.
- Oats are high in resistant starch. Resistant starch is incredibly good for feeding intestinal bacteria and some research shows its even better than probiotics. Very beneficial if your bloated and constipated. RS also helps increase metabolism (due to it resisting digestion) and has been show to greatly help people lose fat. Quick tip- uncooked oats have 8 grams of resistant starch per 1/2 cup, while cooked oatmeal has 1 gram per 1/2 cup.
- Oats are gluten free. Many people are steering clear of gluten, but the protein in oatmeal comes from avenin and not gluten. Many people are not sensitive to avenin and can be eaten without concern.
- Lowers your cholesterol due to beta-glucan. This is probably the biggest benefit you hear with normal consumption of oatmeal.
- Oatmeal contains glucose with no sugar added. This makes is very beneficial to the metabolism.
- Oatmeal provides sustained release energy (lower GI) and prevents blood sugar spikes. This makes it a valuable tool for Diabetics to use and anyone else looking for steady energy levels.
- Contains a healthy does of magnesium. Magnesium is very underrated and is responsible for thousands of reactions in cellular metabolism.
- Reduces heart failure by 29% with regular consumption. This is avery big deal as heart failure is becoming a big killer in the U.S. This was shown from a study on 21,000 people over a period of 19 years. (pretty good evidence)
- Oats are cheap. A huge container of rolled oats costs about $3, maybe even a little cheaper depending on where you shop. This is very beneficial for people on a budget.
- Oats taste good and can be eaten in tons of different ways. Oats also taste good with lots of different foods due to their neutral nature. Oatmeal has an incredible chewy texture and I often eat mine uncooked. Mix 1/2 cup of oatmeal with a 1/2-1 scoop of protein powder and 3 Tbs of Almond Milk and you have an incredible tasting homemade protein bar that takes very little time to prepare. Note: there are tons of different blogs that have thousands of oatmeal recipes that taste amazing. For good reason too.
- Oatmeal increase testosterone. This was is new to me, but very interesting. Apparently oatmeal has compounds called avenacosides that bind to sex hormone binding globulin. (SHBG) SHBG binds to your free testosterone (which is what increases sex drive, burns fat and builds muscle) and renders it useless. (not good) But oatmeal binds to SHBG and this allows more free testosterone to be used by the body. Awesome!