Oatmeal is delicious, and is always considered a heart healthy meal. There is much debate that oatmeal can be effective in preventing heart disease, but can it really? So, steel cut oatmeal is made up of beta-glucan, which is a fiber. Studies have shown that patients with high cholesterol that have consumed 3 grams of oatmeal daily, have had an 8-23% decrease in their LDL (total cholesterol). This would constitute as a successful way to prevent heart disease, because hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol) leads to plaque build up in the walls of the coronary arteries. These plaques can increase in size, and block the vessels in the heart, thus causing a heart attack or even a stroke. So, through lowering your cholesterol, oatmeal can effectively help prevent heart disease. Steel cut oats have slight advantage over rolled oats because they have a lower glycemic index.
One more bonus of steel cut oatmeal that I want to share with you is MAJOR!!! Steel cut oatmeal can also help build your bodies immune system, in order to fight off infections. Beta-glucan has been known to improve the bodies immune system through leading the bodies neutrophils (white blood cell that signifies infection) to the site of infection. This aids the neutrophils in fighting the infection in the most rapid effective way. This will promote quicker healing, and ultimately give your body more energy. And, we all need that in the morning.