Breakfast Foods That Healthy People Actually Eat

We may live in an era when ultra-sugary bowls of refined carbohydrates (aka cereal) reign supreme, but a simple bowl of hot whole grains is still a popular — and healthy — choice for breakfast (via Statista). Oatmeal is a classic breakfast choice, and for good reason. Cardiologist Ashok Mittal told Well+Good that oatmeal is his go-to recommendation because it’s so good for your heart. Oats have a type of fiber called beta-glucan, which works to lower your cholesterol and improve your blood pressure.

While fiber is usually associated with healthy digestion, it’s also good for heart health because, as The Nutrition Source explained, the beta-glucan binds with cholesterol and carries it out of the body as it makes its way through your intestines. This explains why whole grains like oats are highly regarded for reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease. The fiber in oatmeal will also help improve your feelings of satiety, which can help with weight control.

For maximum benefit, avoid flavored oatmeal, which is usually full of added sugars, and opt instead to top your bowl with healthy mix-ins like fruit, nuts, seeds, or yogurt.


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