If you love cereals, you should know that most of them are full of hidden sugar, refined carbohydrates, artificial colors, and preservatives.
Therefore, a healthy switch would be a bowl of oatmeal!
As a breakfast, oatmeal is one of the healthiest choices you can make. Oats are loaded with antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins, and are the only source of avenanthramides, antioxidants with strong heart-boosting properties.
A portion (30g) of raw oats contains only 117 calories, and by weight, contains 66% carbohydrates, 17% protein, 7% fat, and 11% fiber. Here is what this means in terms of your health:
The carbs in oats are beneficial, as they have their fibre intact and release much slower into the bloodstream.
Also, 11% of the carbohydrates are fiber and 85% are starch, which is much different than the starch in other grains, it is higher in fat and viscosity, which is its ability to bind with water.
Oats contain three starch types:
- Rapidly digested starch (7%), that is quickly broken down and converted into glucose
- Slowly digested starch (22%) which is more slowly broken down and absorbed
- Resistant starch (25%), which is not digested like other starch, but feeds good gut bacteria and helps digestion