Oatmeal May Be The Best Breakfast For Lowering Cholesterol
Laura Lee - December 10, 2021

Scatter Seeds Of Kindness



If you have a friend worth loving
Love him. Yes, and let him know
That you love him, ere life's evening
Tinge his brow with sunset glow
Why should good words ne'er be said
Of a friend till he is dead?

If you hear a song that thrills you
Sung by any child of song
Praise it. Do not let the singer
Wait deserved praises long
Why should one who thrills your heart
Lack the joy you may impart?

If you hear a prayer that moves you
By its humble, pleading tone
Join it. Do not let the seeker
Bow before his God alone
Why should not thy brother share
The strength of ‘two or three' in prayer?

If your work is made more easy
By a friendly, helping hand
Say so. Speak out brave and truly
Ere the darkness veil the land
Should a brother workman dear
Falter for a word of cheer?

Scatter thus your seeds of kindness
All enriching as you go
Leave them. Trust the Harvest-Giver
He will make each seed to grow
So, until the happy end
Your life shall never lack a friend

Ok, if you are anything like us, breakfast is your absolute favorite meal of the day. It marks the start of the rest of your day, so making a healthy breakfast choice will set you up for success. With so many breakfast options out there, like avo on toast, scrambled eggs, pancakes, or yogurt, it can be hard to decide what to eat and which breakfast is the healthiest option. We wanted to do some digging to find out, and one of the best breakfasts you can have is? Oatmeal. Yup. But the boring, bland, plain-tasting grain is something of the past. You can really spice up your porridge to make it the best breakfast you’ve ever had.

 

Portrait of a woman having oat granola with blueberries and raspberries in kitchen

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Oatmeal may lower your cholesterol, which is even more reason to add it to your diet. According to Amber Ingram, RD, a registered dietician at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, “Oatmeal gives you the largest amount of soluble fiber per serving at three to four grams and has been shown in studies to help lower LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol by almost 10% if eaten daily.” Soluble fiber is water-soluble, meaning it soaks up water and helps to decrease constipation. Insoluble fiber also helps with the digestive process, and it’s important to have both. A meta-analysis of studies done on fiber which was published in The Lancet in 2019 found a strong relationship between a high fiber diet and many health benefits like lower body weight, cholesterol, and blood pressure.

 

Ingram says, “Breakfast is a perfect way to start the day out right, as you have an opportunity to choose many plant-based options [for fiber] to help lower LDL ‘bad’ cholesterol and raise HDL ‘good’ cholesterol. Soluble fiber is found in the skin, peels, and husks of whole grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables.” A simple bowl of oatmeal has many benefits, plus it’s easy to make. You can really up your oatmeal game by adding walnuts to give you a boost of omega-3’s, and by adding blueberries for more antioxidants. You can even add peanut butter, sliced bananas, maple syrup, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, and more to cater it to how you like.