By LIZ BARRETT FOSTER
There are many reasons why people choose oatmeal as their morning meal over animal-based options, and health is a big one. If you’re considering integrating oatmeal into your own daily routine, there are several convincing arguments for doing so.
Oatmeal provides a mix of important nutrients, such as magnesium, zinc, and iron, plus it's naturally gluten-free. You might also be surprised to learn that half a cup of oatmeal actually has the same amount of protein as one large egg, and you can also increase the protein in a bowl of oatmeal by adding nuts, protein powder, nut butters, or milk.
Oatmeal contains a good amount of fiber, which is sorely lacking in most American diets. The fiber in oatmeal helps you feel fuller faster — and for longer — than other foods, thereby helping some people manage their weight more easily.
Eating one-and-a-half cups of oatmeal per day can lower your cholesterol by 5 to 8 percent. Meanwhile, for diabetics or anyone else wanting to avoid blood sugar spikes, the soluble fiber in oatmeal helps slow down the absorption of carbohydrates.
The first step to integrating more oatmeal into your life is to choose an oatmeal that suits your lifestyle, whether it be steel-cut, old-fashioned, or quick and instant oats. If you are not a fan of the taste of oatmeal, you can get creative with spices, peanut butter, fresh fruit, or even by throwing an egg on top.