Nothing says “good morning” like a warm bowl of oatmeal. Whether it is cooked with milk or blended with fresh fruits, oats provide your body with many benefits.

Normally eaten as porridge and as an ingredient in breakfast cereals and in baked goods (oatcakes, oat cookies and oat bread, oats have become a very popular “health food”. If you are not eating oatmeal for breakfast, then you’re missing out on a delicious opportunity to add fiber and nutrients to your body first thing in the morning.

Here are 8 beneficial reasons why you should eat oatmeal for breakfast –

1) Weight-loss!
You will shed those extra kilos. It’s backed by science. M​aking oatmeal your breakfast cereal choice could help you eat less later during the day and control weight says the research published in the Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism

2) High-fiber content
Oats are loaded in dietary fiber and provides about 4 gram of fiber per cup. Fiber is responsible for a number of health benefits, including lowering your cholesterol levels, stabilizing your blood sugar as well as keeping you feeling full longer. A serving of oatmeal each morning also helps promote regular bowel movements and prevents constipation.

3) Nutrition power house
Oatmeal is a power packed food consisting mainly of carbohydrates, with 28 per 1-cup serving. It also provides around 5 grams of protein to your diet along with 3.5 grams of fat, mostly unsaturated.

4) Stabilizes blood sugar and reduces risk of diabetes (type 2)
The high fiber and complex carbohydrates slow down the conversion of this whole food to simple sugars. The high levels of magnesium nourish the body’s proper use of glucose and insulin secretion.

5) Not only does it have low-calorie magic but it stop cravings too
Oatmeal keeps you full for longer says an Australian study published in September 1995. According to the “Journal of Clinical Nutrition”, “when compared to breakfast foods such as donuts, croissants, eggs, high-bran cereals and whole-grain bread, oatmeal had the highest satiety index, twice as high as white bread and 25 percent higher than eggs and high-brain cereals. and it is also totally delicious and healthy.”

6) Protects against heart disease and cancer
Oatmeal, like many whole grains, contains plant lignans, which are converted by intestinal flora into mammalian lignans. One lignan, called enterolactone, is thought to protect against breast and other hormone-dependent cancers as well as heart disease.

7) Protects against heart failure
A Harvard study on 21,000 participants over 19 years showed that found that men who enjoyed a daily morning bowl of whole grain (but not refined) cereal had a 29 percent lower risk of heart failure.

8) Full Of Antioxidants
Oatmeal contains a special type of antioxidant called avenanthramide, that is known to fight off free radicals that attack high-density lipoproteins, or HDL, which is known as the good cholesterol. They also protect LDL cholesterol from oxidizing from copper, which reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

8) It tastes yummy!
Whether with milk or assorted with fruits, oatmeal is just too delicious.