Oatmeal Glycemic Index
Oatmeal is medium in terms of its glycemic index (GI) ranking, but it is an excellent foodstuff. Oatmeal helps
to reduce your cholesterol as well as providing you with an excellent source of dietary fiber.
The incredible advantage with oatmeal is that it releases energy extremely slowly into the digestive system. Not
slow enough so that it ranks as having a low GI, but after you have had a portion of oatmeal porridge, you will
feel full and this energy is not released all at once.
The relatively high levels of dietary fiber in oatmeal will help to make you feel fuller for longer; so it
is a powerful tool when waging war against excess weight!
Instant Oatmeal versus Rolled Oats
Now there is an anomaly within this! If you use instant oatmeal, then you will find that this has a
significantly higher score in terms of (GI) than normal oatmeal. This is because traditional oatmeal has
approximately twice the levels of soluble fiber than instant forms of oatmeal.
So instant oatmeal is not as beneficial for you in (GI) terms as old fashioned oatmeal. It may take a little
more time to prepare than instant oatmeal, but the traditional oatmeal is far more beneficial for you than
It can also be healthier for you if you add a little bit of protein to any meal that contains oatmeal, so you
could have an egg (not fried) to ensure that the oatmeal digests even slower!
If you do not want porridge then you could always consider rolled oats in muesli, and if you add some nuts, then
these will act as protein for you!
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