I am a Diabetic and want to share the benefits of oatmeal porridge with you. I felt it, and now I love my daily doses of magic. Oatmeal porridge is the best food for diabetics, for two reasons. Oats are rich in soluble fibre, which helps lower LDL (bad cholesterol) and raise HDL (good cholesterol).
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Your morning porridge will help you keep your heart healthy, since heart disease is one of the leading risk factors for diabetes. There’s more! Oatmeal is low in glycemic because it is slowly absorbed into the bloodstream. Oats are rich in nutrients, including the very important B vitamins. Oats are rich in Zinc and Iron, Manganese as well as Selenium and magnesium.
Boil your oats without milk. Even partially skimmed milk has a surprising amount of sugar. Cook the oats slowly with water and a pinch of salt. I use organic, old-fashioned oats that I have cut myself in my food processor.
You can skip this step by purchasing quick oats but still want to ensure organic quality. I prefer the taste of my own oats. I don’t know why but I love porridge. When the porridge is ready, the oats have softened and the milky liquid has formed on top of the oatmeal. You will see what I mean after a few meals.
DO NOT USE INSTANT OATS Sugary stuff is what comes in those packets! Fresh oatmeal porridge is easy to make in ten minutes. Don’t let that fool you! After my oatmeal has been cooked, I add a small amount of milk and one table spoon raw honey (unpasteurized). You can also add small amounts of certain fruits to your oatmeal, but you can reduce or eliminate the honey. The flavour can be changed by adding a few large strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries.
Avoid dry fruits that have high levels of sugar. Raw nuts such as almonds or chopped walnuts are a nice alternative. You can also sprinkle raw pumpkin seeds or hemp seeds on your breakfast to increase its healthiness. I will be addressing the raw food issue in more detail shortly. Raw honey, unprocessed and unpasteurized, is another way to lower bad cholesterol.
Honey’s goodness is often lost through processing. Raw honey contains enzymes, phytonutrients, and resins. I am getting ahead of myself. Most health food stores sell both organic oatmeal as well as raw honey. Purchase in bulk. You’ll be amazed at how much oatmeal you can eat! I eat oatmeal five times a week. Twice a week, I have eggs in some form or another (no toast). Sometimes I have cream of wheat, but no sweetener because of the amount of milk that goes into making it.