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Think Twice About Eating Oatmeal

Oatmeal: Is It Really a Healthy Choice?

Flavored oatmeal packets are definitely sugar bombs disguised as health food. But what about plain, unsweetened oatmeal? Here's what you should know:

  • Mixed Research: Some studies suggest oatmeal may temporarily improve blood sugar and cholesterol. However, results can be misleading:

    • Control groups may not be ideal (e.g., compared to white bread).

    • Benefits may be short-lived.

    • Some studies on people with diabetes show no blood sugar improvement.

  • Gluten Concerns: Oats contain avenin, a type of gluten that can trigger inflammation in some individuals.

  • Contamination Risks: Oat products are often contaminated with glyphosate, a potential carcinogen.

Alternatives to Consider

  • Intermittent Fasting: Skipping breakfast altogether offers potential health benefits.

  • Eggs: If you choose to eat breakfast, eggs are a highly nutritious, protein-rich option compared to oatmeal.

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Last updated: Mar 18, 2024 16:02 PM