Having oatmeal with non-fat milk may reduce your hunger and keep you feeling full for longer. According to a review collection that appeared in the British Journal of Nutrition, oatmeal comes with a host of other benefits too:
- It helps reduce the risk of obesity, and improves heart health.
- It plays an important role in enhancing satiety, and boosts beneficial gut bacteria.
- It improves diet quality and digestive, cardiovascular and general metabolic health.
- Oats and oat bran lower total cholesterol, as well as low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) or bad cholesterol, thereby reducing the risk of coronary heart disease to a great extent.
- Oats help alleviate the symptoms of bowel disease and constipation.
All forms of oats—oat bran, oatmeal, and other oat-containing foods—appear to be beneficial. If you find the flavor too bland for your liking, go ahead and sweeten it with fresh berries, raisin, or dates. Better still, you can use oats as the base to prepare healthy, delicious dishes such as cookies and pancakes. Here are some fun recipes you could try at home: