I am addicted to hot oatmeal (whole oats, not instant) topped with a thorough coating of cinnamon. I've tried oatmeal with bananas, peanut butter, nuts, raisins, dried cranberries, and even a few chocolate chips that melt all over the bowl. I've also tried many combinations of the above items.
I've decided that my new favorite way to eat oatmeal is with just the cinnamon, which I choose most of the time, because this combination is quick, easy, and tasty and, as I recently learned, packs a powerful punch of nutrition!
I had already known the health benefits of oatmeal. It is high in soluble fiber, therefore helping to: lower cholesterol, reduce high blood pressure, stabilize blood sugar, control weight, boost the immune system and decrease the risk of diabetes.
I wasn't, however, quite aware of cinnamon's power. All I knew was that it made the oatmeal delicious! So I did a bit of research and this is what I found: