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5 Things About Oatmeal

When it comes to breakfast foods, oatmeal (especially steel cut oats) is up there on my list of go-to choices. Its comforting, filling, and nutritious characteristics make it a desirable way to start my day. More than a simple and inexpensive meal, there are several other uses for oatmeal and Health magazine brings out the best in oatmeal with five attributes of the pantry staple.

  1. Outstanding Oats: Health is especially fond of oatmeal because it's "heart healthy."
  2. Pore Refiner: Dermatologist Amy Wechsler recommends this pore-cleansing mask: "Mix 1/2 cup oatmeal, 1/2 cup hot water, and 1/4 cup honey in a food processor. Let cool, and apply. Wait 10 minutes, and rinse."
  3. Diet Helper: Replacing all-purpose flour with homemade oat flour when baking will give you "twice the fiber so you feel fuller, but fewer calories."
  4. Exercise booster: "Oats trigger the body to burn fat more quickly to fuel muscles," explains Health.
  5. Cancer fighter: A study in the International Journal of Epidemiology found that "women on diets rich in fiber from whole grains, like oats, reduce their risk by up to 41 percent."


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lazybones101 lazybones101 8 years
If you eat oatmeal for breakfast make sure you add a bit of protein. Steel cut oatmeal is a pretty good breakfast but it isn't a balanced breakfast. To keep blood sugars even each meal should have some protein, carb and a small amount of good fat.
equestriennechic equestriennechic 8 years
This face mask is great! It really does make your pores appear smaller. You don't need the whole recipe though, so just half it so it's 1/4 cup oats, 1/4 cup hot water, and 1/8 cup honey. That will make you the perfect amount for a mask. After you mix the oats and hot water, zap it in the microwave for about 10 seconds to really cook the oats and thicken the mixture. Then add the honey, mix well, and place in the freezer for a few minutes to cool and/or add a small ice cube (not too large or it will water it down). Then apply, leave on for 10-15 minutes, and rinse! Just be careful not to clog your drain.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Hmm, I've always loved oatmeal but I've never used it as a face mask before. I may have to try that!
classysassy classysassy 8 years
my favorite breakfast. :)
almostloli almostloli 8 years
i and my brother love oatmeal! we make instant ones everyday, they're yummy and we can combine them with everything to make it taste even better!
bicyclebeth bicyclebeth 8 years
I love oats! I eat at least 2 cups of oats a day :) I love oat souffle (
Antioxidant Antioxidant 8 years
I heart oatmeal.
breesays breesays 8 years
Rad, i eat oatmeal 5 days a week!
queenegg queenegg 8 years
I was just talking to a friend of mine about oatmeal. I really need to start eating it more often.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
And Oatmeal is just plain YUMMY! :-)YUMMY
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I eat it every day :)
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