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Weight Loss: Benefits of Oatmeal

  By posted Apr 10th 2014
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Oatmeal has often been recommended as the ideal breakfast for anyone on a diet. This is because it has a number of benefits that aid in weight loss. Here are some healthy benefits of oatmeal to consider when opting for a diet breakfast.

Low calories
Oatmeal is a perfect choice when looking for a low calorie ingredient. It has the least number of calories compared to any other grain. A cup of oatmeal contains only about 130 calories.

Soluble fibre
Soluble fibre helps you feel full for longer and also help eliminate the toxins in your stomach. Oatmeal is a good source of soluble fibre which helps you lose weight.

B vitamins
B vitamins help boost your metabolism, thereby helping you burn calories faster. Oatmeal also contains a large number of vitamins B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, and B12. This will also provide you with energy throughout the day.

Lowers cholesterol
Since oatmeal is a good source soluble fibre it helps slow down the body’s absorption of low-density-lipoprotein, or LDL, which is commonly known as bad cholesterol.  One and a half cup of oatmeal is enough to reduce your cholesterol levels significantly.

Antioxidant rich
Oatmeal contains avenanthramide, a special kind of antioxidant that help fight off free radicals that attack HDL or what is commonly known as good cholesterol.  This antioxidant also helps protect LDL from oxidising, thereby reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease as well. 


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