A steaming bowl of fresh cooked oatmeal is the perfect way to start off your day, especially if you are trying to prevent or are currently dealing with heart disease or diabetes. Studies have shown that oats lower high cholesterol levels and can therefore reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke.
In addition, oats are known to help remove cholesterol from the digestive system that would otherwise end up in the bloodstream. Studies also show that oats can help stabilize blood sugar, proving helpful for people with type 2 diabetes.
To prepare, stir one cup of oats into two and one-half cups of boiling water, cover and let simmer for five to eight minutes or until they reach the desired texture. Remove from heat, stir again, and serve with your favourite garnishes.