Oatmeal is generally made of oat groats, rolled oats, cut oats and crushed oats. They are also popular known as peasemeal or cornmeal and are consumed in the form of porridge, snacks and cookies. Oatmeal is found to have highly beneficial effects on the general health of a person.
Since it contains soluble fiber and beta glucan, consuming a bowl of oatmeal on a daily basis is found to lower the blood cholesterol levels. The oat fibers bind with the cholesterol molecules in the small intestine and prevent it from being absorbed into the bloodstream. Hence, they are very effective in lowering the bad (LDL) cholesterol levels in the blood.
Rolled oats is popular among weight trainers and athletes due to its ability of slow digestion and stabilizing the blood-glucose levels in the body. In addition, oatmeal porridge is found to have more vitamin B and also calorie content that any other kind of porridge. Cooked oatmeal release water soluble fiber and hence is found to have lower Glycemic Index (GI) value.
Instant oatmeal and regular oatmeal contain the same amount of beta glucan fiber but the main difference lies in the other ingredients used in the product. Flavored oatmeal contains sweeteners and hence, the calorie content is higher as compared to the regular oatmeal. Single serve oatmeal packets have about 3gm of fiber and a lesser portion of oats as compared to a regular oatmeal packet which has about 4 gm of fiber and also a larger portion of oats.
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