How Oatmeal Porridge Can Help Reduce Blood Sugar
As a Diabetic myself, I want to talk to you about the benefits of oatmeal porridge. Yuk you say…that’s how I felt; now I love my daily dose of magic.
For a diabetic there is probably no better food that oatmeal porridge for two reasons.
Oats are high in soluble fibre which helps reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol without lowering HDL (good cholesterol). Since heart disease is one of the risk factors of diabetes your morning porridge will help you maintain a healthy heart.
But there is more! The soluble fibre slows down the digestion of starch which means you avoid those spikes in blood sugar that lead to increase insulin production which means…guess what…hunger pangs.
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Since oatmeal is absorbed slowly into the blood stream it is consider a low glycemic food. The benefit also includes leaving you feeling full and satisfies over a longer period of time… pushing away those pesky craving.
Some research credits oatmeal with stabilizing blood glucose levels…more good news.
Oats are a great source of nutrients, including those very important B vitamins. Oats are also mineral rich in Zinc, Iron, Manganese, Selenium, and magnesium.
Do not use milk to boil your oats. Milk has a surprisingly high content of sugar even in partly skimmed. Use water, a pinch of sea salt, and cook the oats relatively slowly. I use organic old fashioned oats, which I cut myself in my food processor. You can skip that step by buying quick oats, but still try to find organic quality. I find the taste from cutting my own oats so much better. I am not sure why, but since I started doing that I absolutely love my porridge.
The porridge is ready when the oats are soft and a milky liquid forms on top of the oatmeal. After a few meals you will know what I mean.
DO NOT USE INSTANT OATS! The stuff that comes in those packages is full of sugar! It only takes ten minutes to prepare fresh oatmeal porridge so don’t be tempted to cheat.
Once my oatmeal is cooked, I do add a little bit of milk and one table spoon of raw honey (unpasteurized).
You can also add in small measure certain fruits, but then reduce or eliminate the honey. A couple of large strawberries, a handful of blueberries, raspberries or blackberries can change up the flavour. Avoid dry fruits which have higher levels of sugar. Raw nuts, such as chopped walnuts or almonds make a nice change while sprinkling raw pumpkin seeds or hemp seeds will increase the wholesomeness of your breakfast even more.
I will delve further into the whole raw food issue shortly. Right now I want to talk about raw honey as another assist in fighting bad cholesterol in its unprocessed unpasteurized form. Processing removes a lot of the goodness from honey. Raw honey contains enzymes phytonutrients, resins and that lovely bee glue, propolis. Raw honey also increases antioxidant levels and restores muscle glycogen after exercise…which is the next part of your journey…but I get ahead of myself.
You can find both organic oatmeal and raw honey in most health food stores. Buy in bulk. You will be surprise how much oatmeal you will consume!
I have oatmeal 5 times a week. Twice a week I have eggs in one form or another (no toast). For a change I occasionally have cream of wheat but use no sweetener due to the amount of milk used in making the cereal. You can also try some of the other whole grain cereals but nothing takes the place of oatmeal
Mr Grimshawe has been writing most of his life. Currently he publishes two blogs, teaches list building and produces Beautiful Summer Morning Inspirational Quote of the Day, which is highly valued. You can subscribe to the newsletter at http://beautifulsummermorning.com/subscribe-today You can view Mr Grimshawes personal blog at http://nicholasgrimshawe.com
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