Oatmeal a good choice for breakfast, but hold the sugar

Whether it’s steel-cut or rolled, quick-cooking or instant, oatmeal is good for you, experts say—with a few caveats. Oatmeal is rich in fiber, which promotes fullness, eases the insulin response, and benefits gut health. It’s also a source of vitamins B and E, and minerals such as magnesium. But these and other benefits could be offset if the oatmeal comes loaded with sugar, sodium, or other additives, Edward Giovannucci, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health told Time in an August 15, 2018 article.

“Whole grains are beneficial and healthy foods, and I can say that oatmeal is definitely beneficial,” Qi Sun, assistant professor of nutrition, said in the same article. As long as it’s sugar-free, “eating oatmeal for breakfast is a good choice.”

Read Time article: Is Oatmeal Healthy? Here’s What the Experts Say

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Oats (Harvard Chan School’s The Nutrition Source)

Eating more whole grains linked with lower mortality rates (Harvard Chan School news)