The Truth About Oatmeal

Experts weigh in on the benefits of this popular breakfast item.

Many people have questioned if there’s a nutritional difference between steel-cut, rolled, and instant oatmeal. These categories simply refer to different methods of preparing hulled oats. Steel-cut oats are groats that have been sliced up into smaller pieces. In contrast, rolled oats are groats that have been steamed and smashed flat. Instant oatmeal typically is made up of rolled oats that have been further flattened, steamed, or pre-cooked. Joanna Slavin, a professor of food science and nutrition, reported to TIME, “All types of oatmeal are considered whole grains, and all should be more or less equal in terms of their basic nutritional properties.” So regardless of which you choose, you still will enjoy the health benefits oatmeal has to offer.

Experts have agreed that eating oatmeal is a good choice as part of a healthy and balanced diet. Shengmin Sang, a professor of food science and human health states, “Eating whole grain oats can prevent diabetes and lower cholesterol levels, which could prevent cardiovascular disease and inflammation related to chronic disease.” Oatmeal contains a high amount of soluble fiber and is an excellent source of B vitamins, vitamin E, and minerals that create a balanced and nutritious meal. As long as you avoid sugar and other additives, oatmeal will still be beneficial to your health. Be cautious when buying instant oatmeal because of the potential added sugars and preservatives.

Click here for more health news. 


5 Savory Oatmeal Toppings

20 Breakfasts You Can Make in 5 Minutes or Less

Overnight Oats in a Jar

Will you ever feel comfortable in your own skin? That is, if you don't make an effort to protect it? Although 64% of adults do report wearing sunscreen when outside for prolonged periods of time, it turns out that only about 10% of people surveyed actually protect themselves daily, according to a recent review.

No matter what your skin tone is, unless you live in a cave with no sunlight, daily protection with either sunscreen, sunblock or protective clothing can not only protect you from developing sunburns (ouch!) but can significantly reduce your risk of developing skin cancer, particularly the deadliest type called melanoma. In addition, for those of you wanting to keep your youthful looks, daily sunscreen has been shown to reduce the development of wrinkles. A great teacher once told me that the best way to not have wrinkles is not to get them in the first place (think of how much money you can save on useless creams that claim to diminish wrinkles).

Keep Reading Show less