It’s National Oatmeal Month! Oatmeal is one of the best things you can eat for breakfast because it’s full of whole-grains and complex carbohydrates that will keep you full until lunch time. You can also add endless combinations of fruits and nuts to make a breakfast that is packed with fiber and healthy fats.
There’s recently been some talk about a new kind of oat, a better kind of oat. These oats are commonly referred to as “steel-cut oats” but what’s the difference? Is the way oats are cut a factor in their health?
Steel-cut oats and rolled oats are very similar, but there are key differences that hold steel-cut supreme.
Calories– Steel-cut oats are about 20 calories lower than rolled oats.
Sugars- Steel-cut oats have virtually no sugar.
The Glycemic Index- Steel-cut oats are lower on the Glycemic Index, which is a measurement that predicts how much a person’s blood sugar will spike after eating.
It appears that steel-cut oats are a bit more of a super-breakfast food than rolled oats, but either kind of oat will make a nourishing breakfast as long as there are no added sugars, flavorings, or preservatives. Stay away from pre-flavored oats or those that include candy dinosaur eggs. Buy oats in bulk and mix them with fresh fruit, seasonings, and nuts for a nutritious breakfast that will keep you strong until lunch time.
Article based on information at prevention.com