Eat your cereal, it could help you save your eyesight, reduce loss of toes or even a limb, and keep a heart healthy and functioning well.
Oatmeal is recommended by World Health Foods .org as a food which keeps blood sugar levels stable and reduces the risk of complications. This is important for not only for those with diabetes, but for the average citizen who wants to keep their blood sugar levels normal and avoid the diagnosis of diabetes in the future. Oatmeal is a value laden food in that it maintains a stable blood sugar and avoids the spikes and dips which can occur with some foods.
Why is oatmeal recommended?
In an article entitled “A Scientific Study of the Health Benefits of Oats,” by David L Katz, MD, Associate Clinical Professor of Public Health and Medicine, The Quaker Oats Company, 2001, it was indicated that their studies show that oatmeal
- Lowers total cholesterol levels as well as LDL levels (the bad or low density lipids having to do with cholesterol) thus contributing to the improvement of diabetes and lessening its risk factors.
- Enhances the use of nutrient rich foods such as oatmeal by keeping down blood sugar levels and offering help with insulin’s functioning in the presence of sugar entering the blood stream..
- Is indicated on a low fat diet.
What are other benefits of oatmeal?
Web MD, in a feature article by Katherine Kam, “Diabetic Diet: 6 Foods That May Help Control Blood Sugar,” urges the individual to eat a well-balanced diet but states specifically, that oatmeal is a fine example of a food that improves blood sugar. She recommends oatmeal because of its high fiber quality. When we eat a breakfast of oatmeal, we stay pleasantly satisfied for longer because of this high fiber. Also high fiber helps with weight loss and even a 5 percent weight loss is helpful for the individual with diabetes.
Oatmeal can be made, says the American Diabetic Association, with water, which cuts down on calories being used to prepare the cereal. Also, there are varieties available, like instant oats and oats for cooking, which do not have the sugar added as in pre-packaged instant oatmeal products.
What about steel cut oats?
Steel cut oats, says a writer in Diabetes Health, are whole grains made when inner portions of the kernel are divided. Steel cut oats are a food recommended in the nutrition of a diabetic because they have a considerably lower glycemic index than some foods thereby lessening spikes and dips so common in eating some foods.
Steel cut oats prolong the feeling of fullness precisely because it avoids these spikes and dips in sugar levels. Oats may also delay or prevent the onset of diabetes.