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Benefits Oatmeal

Oatmeal Alternatives

If you just can’t get yourself to consume oatmeal in one form or another, here’s a few other foods that are rich in soluble fiber.

– Lentils

– Apples

– Oranges

– Pears

– Strawberries

– Nuts

– Flaxseed

– Beans

– Blueberries

– Cucumbers

– Carrots

Types of Oatmeal

Yes there are different types of oatmeal. All of them have the same original material which is oats of course. It’s the way that they are processed and prepared that varies.

The healthiest is Steel Cut Oats. These are more expensive and harder to find. They are oats that are chopped into small pieces. They are chewier, which some people prefer. Steel Cut Oats have the lowest glycemic index of all the types.

Old fashioned oats are probably the most common. They are oats that are rolled into flattened pieces. They are a little quicker to cook than Steel Cut Oats.

Quick cooking oats are almost the same as old fashioned oats but they are pressed into thinner pieces to make cooking faster.

Instant oatmeal is not as healthy as the other types. In fact, some instant oatmeal contains added sugars and salt which can make them unhealthy. They’re convenient but simply not as good for you as the other types.

If you’re serious about lowering your cholesterol, try adding steel cut or old fashioned oats to your daily diet. It’s one great tasting idea that can make a difference!