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WHAT: Bob’s Red Mill is an employee-owned manufacturer of high-quality whole-grains, flours, cereals, and baking mixes – with a wide range of gluten-free and organic options.

Bob’s Red Mill oats are grown by over 200 farmers dedicated to growing only pure, high-grade oats.

WHY: Oatmeal is an incredible source of dietary fiber (this fiber contains a mixture of about half soluble and half insoluble fibers). Beta-glucans, a soluble fiber found in oats, which has proven effective in lowering blood cholesterol.

In addition to its fiber benefits, oats are also a very good source of selenium* (this mineral helps to regulate thyroid function and healthy immune system). Selenium is also helpful in decreasing asthma symptoms and in the prevention of heart disease. In addition, selenium is involved in DNA repair and is associated with a reduced risk for cancer, especially colon cancer.

steel cut oatmeal

Steel Cut Oats, milled from high protein oats, are one of the healthiest foods you can eat (little lower in calories, all the nutrients of oatmeal but lower glycemic index* (lower effect of spiking your blood sugar levels and increase satiety and fullness, helping with weightloss) and a great chewy texture.

The whole grains and dietary fiber in oatmeal are also shown to:

  • Reduce high blood pressure
  • Substantially lower Type 2 Diabetes risk
  • Stabilize blood sugar
  • Enhance immune response to infection
  • Reduce risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Protective against childhood asthma

Oatmeal mango bowl

WHERE: Available online at Bob’s, or most health food stores such as Whole Foods Market, and Erewhon Natural Foods Market and Sprouts. Available in three varieties—Rolled, Quick-Rolled and Steel Cut (… I love the steel cut!)

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THE VERDICT: Organic gluten-free oatmeal is a great way to start your morning – or try adding soaked oats to your smoothie for extra fiber! Providing your body with the the nutrients and fiber to set you up for a healthy, productive day. For those sensitive to gluten, I love Bob’s Red Mill brand of oats because they use dedicated Gluten-Free facilities and testing to ensure their integrity.

oatmeal cookiesIf you’re looking for a sweet way to add oatmeal try this delicious recipe from Averie Cooks