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October 29 is Oatmeal Day, and fall is the perfect season to enjoy this healthy grain. Oatmeal is high in soluble fiber, which regulates blood sugar and slows digestion. Not all oats are created equal, though. The level at which oatmeal is processed impacts its fiber content and health benefits. Consider the following types of oats:
- Steel-cut oats are minimally processed and chopped by steel cutters to retain the entire oat grain and oat bran.
- Rolled (or old fashioned) oats are de-hulled, then steamed to shorten cooking time.
- Instant oats are similar to rolled oats but are steamed for longer and often contain flavoring or sweeteners.
A half cup of oatmeal each day is all you need to reap its benefits.
Popular Oatmeal Additions
Oatmeal offers many health benefits on its own, but you can make it even healthier and more delicious by adding a few extra ingredients to your bowl. Here are some popular oatmeal additions.