Is Oatmeal Really That Good For You? Here’s What Dietitians Say
If you love spooning into a warm bowl of oatmeal, making a cold jar of chocolate peanut butter overnight oats, or meal prepping a batch of baked oatmeal, there are so many reasons to keep doing what you’re doing. You might even consider stepping up just how often you’re adding oats to your meals and snacks. And if what’s technically edible seeds of oat grass aren’t really up your alley, you might want to rethink your relationship with oats. That’s because the health benefits of the cereal grain, formally named Avena sativa, are about as numerous as the ways you can prepare it. From offering up lots of soluble fiber to a wide variety of vitamins, oats truly don’t get the credit they deserve as a superfood.
“Oatmeal is high in protein, fiber, and several important vitamins and minerals, including B vitamins and iron,” says Katie Thomson, RDN, cofounder and CEO of Square Baby, an organic baby food company. “The high fiber content can help regulate blood-sugar levels and promote feelings of fullness. It’s also a good source of antioxidants, which have been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects in the body.”
And that’s just the beginning. Here, the whole scoop on the nutritional and health benefits of oatmeal.