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McCann's Irish Oatmeal Steel Cut Oats

Updated on March 22, 2011

Why you should be eating oatmeal regularly

Oatmeal might not be packed with the same vitamin-infused goodness of cereals like Total, but the truth is oatmeal might actually be better for you when consumed with a complete breakfast that includes things like fruit and dairy. Oatmeal is digested slowly, which means your blood sugar levels will be helped in remaining stable without drastic peaks and lows that typically occur when you eat something containing sugar or substances that the body turns into sugar. That makes oatmeal a great food for diabetics or those who might be at risk of developing diabetes.

Oats are a great source of magnesium, which enzymes in the body use for a variety of purposes. Not only does regular consumption of oats lower the risk of Type 2 diabetes, it also lowers the risk of heart disease and certain types of cancer, two of the leading causes of death for adults and seniors.

Research has found that eating oats with certain other nutrients enhances the effect of those nutrients. Have a glass of orange juice with your breakfast oatmeal and the benefits of the vitamin C in that juice will be greater than if you just had some toasted white bread instead of the oatmeal.

Oatmeal packs a double punch against colon cancer. The fiber is good for the entire digestive tract, but oatmeal also contains selenium, which works with an important antioxidant and helps with DNA repair that is specifically associated with a lower risk of colon cancer.

While oatmeals that you find in Wal-Mart or any large chain grocery store will have some great nutritional benefits, other oatmeals are better for you. I recommend McCann's Irish Oatmeal made from steel cut oats. They will cook up tender due to their finer width, and research has suggested that Irish cut oats are easier for your digestive system to break down.

You can still buy McCann's oatmeal in the classic tin, although you'll find the wholesale bulk sizes are considerably cheaper per ounce and come in boxes.  

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