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October 29th is National Oatmeal Day!

Vince Haggen - Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Not only do we believe it's a great way to start any day, but here are 7 fun facts you may not have known about oatmeal.

Since Halloween is just days way, today's a great day to start getting in the habit of starting your morning with a healthy, delicious, bowl of Christine & Rob's toasted oatmeal

Oatmeal is a whole grain

Oats are processed in a way that doesn’t strip off the nutritious bran or germ, so you get all of that whole-grain goodness. And even though oatmeal is processed in different ways (like “steel cut” and “old fashioned”) they all maintain the bran and germ. The difference is just in how they are milled—for steel-cut oats, the grains are run through steel blades that thinly slice them, while old-fashioned oats are steamed and then rolled to produce a flatter shape. They are similar nutritionally (as in, good for you!), although steel-cut oats take longer to cook and may have a bit more fiber.

Oatmeal really does reduce cholesterol

The type of fiber found in oats is called beta-glucan. And studies have found that eating 3 grams of oat fiber per day (about the amount in a one-cup serving) can lower total cholesterol by 8% to 23%.

Oatmeal contains unique antioxidants

We all know that antioxidants are good for us. But we mostly think about getting them from fruits and veggies. Well, turns out, your daily bowl of oatmeal is a superfood too–it can provide a heaping dose of them—compounds called avenanthramides.

Oatmeal may fight inflammation

Chronic inflammation is thought to contribute to a number of health problems, including obesity, cancer, and heart disease. But research suggests that avenanthramides—which are unique to oats—can reduce the expression of those inflammatory molecules. (Read more about foods that fight inflammation.)

A bowl for breakfast can keep you full till lunch

The beta-glucan in oatmeal is famous for stabilizing blood sugar. And because it helps you avoid those blood sugar highs and lows, having a bowl first thing in the morning can keep cravings at bay. Plus, oatmeal may enhance your workout. A UK study found that eating oatmeal about three hours before exercise helped boost endurance.

Oatmeal is good for your heart

The label doesn’t sport that heart-healthy claim for nothing. Numerous studies have confirmed oatmeal’s role in reducing the risk of heart disease. In a 2003 study that looked at dietary habits of nearly 10,000 American adults, those who ate the most fiber (about 21 grams) a day had a 10% to 12% lower risk of strokes and heart attacks than those eating only 5 grams a day.

Oats may reduce your risk of cancer

The American Cancer Society recommends eating a high-fiber diet (including whole grains like oats) to reduce your risk of cancer, including colon cancer. One 2007 study in the International Journal of Epidemiology found that premenopausal women who ate diets rich in fiber had about half the risk of breast cancer as those who ate less fiber.

Special thanks to Health Magazine for these fun oatmeal facts.  

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