In the depth of winter, few breakfast foods are as appealing as a steaming bowl of oatmeal garnished with your favorite toppings. With that being said, it is no surprise that more oatmeal is consumed in January than in any other time of the year. Celebrate January as National Oatmeal Month by rediscovering this delicious and nutritious whole grain!
A little bit about oatmeal – oats were first cultivated for consumption in Europe during the Bronze Age and were eventually brought over to the New World where they were primarily used as feed for livestock. In 1877, the Quaker Oats company began to market oats as breakfast cereal. During World War II, Americans were urged to eat oatmeal and corn cereals, and as one WWI poster directed, “Save the wheat for our soldiers.”
Over the years, oatmeal has become recognized as a heart healthy and filling breakfast option that we love at Lincoln Home Care Assistance. The oat grain contains more soluble fiber than any other grain. Why is this important? Soluble fiber not only reduces the risk for developing heart disease but slows digestion as well, which makes people feel fuller longer. Additionally, most of the soluble fiber in oats is contained in the endosperm, the protective tissue that surrounds the reproductive part of the seed. Unlike other grains, oats rarely have the endosperm stripped away during processing, making them one of the healthiest choices out there. Additional health benefits include:
- Lower cholesterol levels
- Lower blood pressure
- Reduced constipation
- Help with weight management
- Reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes
- Stronger immune system
The United States Department of Agriculture recommends that seniors make at least half of the grains consumed daily, whole grains. Unfortunately, many Americans eat plenty of grain products on a regular basis, but few consume enough whole grains. So next time you or an aging loved one are looking for something for breakfast, think about oatmeal as an easy, affordable and delicious way to meet your daily nutritional requirement for whole grains!
Looking for other senior nutrition tips? Contact Home Care Assistance of Lincoln today and speak with a Care Manager. With the help and support of our professional Lincoln in-home caregivers, your or an aging loved one can receive help with grocery shopping, nutritious meal preparation and a variety of other household tasks. Don’t hesitate and dial 402-261-5158 now and schedule your complimentary in-home consultation.