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Oatmeal: Health Benefits of Breakfast Foods

  1. Many people like to eat oatmeal for breakfast. This popular breakfast food consists of oats and a liquid such as water, cow's milk or plant-based milk. Oats are a highly nutritious whole grain food and as such a number of health benefits have been linked to consuming oatmeal. For example, this breakfast food entails weight loss, a reduced risk of heart disease and lower blood sugar. People should buy a variety of oatmeal that is less processed and has no or only limited added sugars.

Oatmeal Nutrients

  1. Oatmeal is a nutrient-rich food that is high in vitamins and minerals

Health Benefits

  1. Provide antioxidants Oatmeal contains many antioxidants, especially polyphenols. These are vegetable compounds rich in avenanthramides. Avenanthramides are a type of antioxidant found almost exclusively in oats. Avenanthramides improve blood flow, increase nitric acid production (which lowers blood pressure) and reduce inflammation

Tips for purchasing breakfast food

  1. Instant oatmeal is usually ready very quickly (short cooking time), but these are also the most processed. Instant oatmeal often contains added sugars and preservatives and is therefore a less healthy purchase choice.

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