Oatmeal nutrition is one of our favorite topics because, hot or cold, oatmeal is a healthy addition to a balanced diet.
If you’ve set your mind on losing weight, a bowl of oatmeal a day can help you reach your weight-loss goals faster. And, if you just want to be healthier, oatmeal as part of a balanced diet can help keep you feeling your best.
In this article, we delve deep into oatmeal nutrition and the myriad health benefits of this tasty treat.
We also let you in on how you can be a part of The Soulfull Project’s unique community efforts to supply servings of our hot cereal to food banks in your area.
Oatmeal Nutrition Facts
1) A Trifecta Of Macronutrients In Every Bowl
The foundation of a healthy, balanced diet is composed of three essential macronutrients:
- Healthy Fat
All foods contain one or more of these macronutrients.
The red and white meats — beef, chicken, pork, and fish — offer high levels of protein and some healthy fat but don’t provide much in the way of carbohydrates.
Fruits and vegetables, on the other hand, offer high levels of healthy, unprocessed carbohydrates and some protein, but don’t provide much in the way of fat.
Because most foods contain only one (or, at most, two) of the essential macronutrients, it’s important to eat a balanced diet that includes all three macronutrients. That’s where oats and oatmeal come in.
Oats contain all three macronutrients in one delicious package, so a bowl of oatmeal is an excellent way to start your day off right!
For example, The Soulfull Project’s Tart Cherry Multigrain Hot Cereal (made with real oats and other grains) contains 44g of carbohydrates (including 7g of fiber), 8g of protein, and 4g of healthy fat.
Plus, you can mix in your own toppings to add even more health benefits to the already-substantial oatmeal nutrition.
2) Micronutrients Galore
Within each macronutrient are the micronutrients we know as vitamins and minerals. Your body needs these organic and inorganic substances to function correctly and maintain a healthy weight.
Most foods contain a few vitamins and minerals — which is why we have to eat a varied, balanced diet to get them all — but some foods contain a larger variety than others.
For example, The Soulfull Project’s Brown Sugar Pecan Multigrain Hot Cereal contains vitamin C, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc, and manganese.
Add in your favorite extras — including fruits, vegetables, and nuts — to boost the oatmeal nutrition and get even more micronutrients in every bowl.
3) Fiber For Days
Oats and oatmeal contain high levels of fiber that provide many health benefits you can’t get anywhere else (we’ll discuss some of those benefits in the next section).
Why is fiber important? Because if you don’t get enough fiber in your diet every day, certain systems in your body won’t run as smoothly as they could.
Be sure to get the fiber you need by eating a serving of oatmeal at breakfast, lunch, dinner, or in-between meals.
Try our Hearty Grains & Seeds Hot Cereal, which contains 27g of carbohydrates, 6g of protein, 3.5g of healthy fat, and a whopping 8g of dietary fiber.
4) Packed With Antioxidants
Antioxidants are natural and beneficial chemicals found in food. These chemicals help your body eliminate the free radicals (unstable atoms that can damage cells) that are the primary cause of aging and illness.
Oatmeal has antioxidants in spades!
In fact, the antioxidant avenanthramide is almost exclusively found in oats. That makes oatmeal a powerful ally in keeping your body healthy.
For a delicious antioxidant boost, try our Blueberry Almond Multigrain Hot Cereal for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or anytime in-between.
Oatmeal Nutrition And Health Benefits
1) Feed Your Gut Bacteria For Better Digestion
Oats and oatmeal contain beta-glucan, a powerful water-soluble fiber that promotes the growth of healthy bacteria in your gut.
These bacteria assist with digesting and absorbing the food you eat, making the whole process more efficient and beneficial for your body and brain.
In addition, when you include high-fiber foods like oatmeal as part of a balanced diet, you’re exercising your digestion muscles, making them stronger and better at digesting everything you eat.
2) Balance Blood Sugar Levels
Type 2 diabetes is a common disease in the United States that results from a decrease in sensitivity to the hormone insulin.
Oatmeal may help lower blood sugar levels and even improve insulin sensitivity in those who are overweight or suffer from type 2 diabetes.
Our Quick Cook Irish Oatmeal — as part of a routine including a balanced diet and periodic exercise — is a delicious way to a healthy body and a happy life.
3) Prime The Pump For A Healthy Heart
Heart disease is one of the most prevalent health issues on the planet. The contributing factor in the majority of those cases is high blood cholesterol.
The fiber in oats and oatmeal performs three essential, heart-healthy activities in your body:
- Reduces total circulating cholesterol in your blood
- Reduces low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels
- Prevents LDL from oxidizing when it comes in contact with free radicals
Oatmeal nutrition is so important to a strong heart and healthy body that it’s why we recommend hearty oatmeal for breakfast, lunch, or dinner as part of a balanced diet.
It’s also why we dedicate our time and energy to providing healthy food to those who often go without by donating servings of our hot cereal to regional food banks.
4) Say Goodbye To Gluten
That means you don’t have to let a gluten sensitivity stop you from including oatmeal in your balanced diet and reaping the rewards of oatmeal nutrition.
An easy way to avoid digestive tract irritation — and eventual serious conditions including chronic fatigue, anemia, and osteoporosis — is by looking for the gluten-free icon on many of The Soulfull Project’s oatmeals and hot cereals, including:
- Apple Cinnamon Multigrain Hot Cereal
- Brown Sugar Pecan Multigrain Hot Cereal
- Cinnamon Spice Multigrain Hot Cereal
- Quick Cook Irish Oatmeal Hot Cereal
This seal ensures that the oatmeal you’re eating is as gluten-free as possible.
5) Build A Leaner, Healthier You
Oatmeal is a fairly dense food, so it takes a while for your stomach to digest it. In addition, the high levels of fiber in oatmeal and hot cereal help regulate the release of hunger hormones inside your body.
Hot Cereal Is Oatmeal On Overdrive
Start your day out right with a full bowl of oatmeal nutrition. Or, for an even bigger boost to your health, try a hot cereal from the Soulfull Project.
No matter which delicious flavor you choose, you’ll get hearty and healthy ingredients, including:
These extras add a tasty and vitamin-packed kick that will keep you feeling full longer and help you avoid snacking on junk food in-between meals!
If that weren’t incentive enough, you’ll also be helping out those in need in your community. For every serving you purchase, The Soulfull Project will donate a serving of our Cereal to a food bank in your area.
We’re making a better world, one serving at a time. You can help!
To get more information on the serving-for-serving program and check out all of our delicious oatmeal and hot cereal flavors — visit TheSoulfullProject.com today.