There are 5 major national holidays that most everyone is aware of; Christmas, Labor Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, and Thanksgiving. There are also little known celebrations that take place each month of the year, with little fan fair. There is one which is observed in January, that can give you a healthy start to the New Year, and keep you healthy during the remaining 11 months.
January is known as National Oatmeal Month. This is a time where the importance of whole grain oats in the diet is emphasized. Over 40 years worth of research, has concluded that 3g soluble fiber each day, will lower cholesterol, and prevent heart disease. Whole grain oats, provides that necessary whole grain fiber. I once lowered my cholesterol 90 points, in 60 days, by eating 2 bowls of Oatmeal each day. So I am a witness. I might add, that I had also cut back on fried foods, and snacks with saturated fat.
My husband, was diagnosed as Type II Diabetic close to 2 years ago. He has been eating oatmeal or oat based cereals each morning ever since. And has not had any spikes or extreme lows in his glucose level. His numbers have been staying consistent, and he has not taken medication or insulin for 10 months.
Please do not stop taking any medication you are on , without your physician’s knowledge and or consent. I share my husband’s testimony only to let people know what he has accomplished, thus far. While we believe for the best, we realize that on any given day, his results could change.
National oatmeal month, is a good time to emphasize the health benefits of oats, and oat by products. Observing national oatmeal month , may help you to eat healthier throughout the entire year. I was bored with oatmeal, as a child, because I grew up with only plain old fashioned, slow cooking Quaker oats in the house.
Today, there are many brands, as well as flavors of oatmeal. My 3 favorites are; Cinnamon and spice, maple and brown sugar, plus apple and cinnamon. There are cereals, like Honey Bunches of Oats, and the many varied flavors of Cheerios that are made from whole grain oats. The fiber from these products, helps stabilize blood sugar levels, and keep you feeling full longer.
Oatmeal can be baked into bread, cookies and cake. It may also be rolled into meat balls and met loaf, to help to stay sturdy. If you decide explore the world of oats, and eat extra oatmeal during National Oatmeal month, please consider the heath benefits. And make eating whole grain oats a part of your healthy diet all through the year. Please make sure you read labels, because not every product has the healthy whole grain oats. There may be rolled oats, or oat flour which is not the same.