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Oatmeal and what not to add to keep it healthy

Oatmeal and what not to add to keep it healthy Illustrative photo (Getty Images)
Author: Maria Kholina

Oatmeal is a popular breakfast porridge. Not surprisingly, because it is tasty, healthy, and can be prepared in various ways and complemented with different ingredients. But there is one thing that can completely ruin the benefits of this breakfast, according to Fit for Fun.

Oatmeal is indeed very healthy. It contains carbohydrates, 15% protein, rich in unsaturated fatty acids, vitamins B1, B9, K, magnesium, iron, and zinc. It is also rich in fiber and beta-glucan, which helps lower cholesterol levels.

But healthy oatmeal has one drawback - many people don't like its taste without various additives. That's why it is often made more tasty by adding fruits, yogurt, honey, condensed milk, and many other ingredients.

But there is one thing that should not be added if you want oatmeal to be filling, provide energy, and enrich your body with all the useful substances. And that's dried fruits.

It is very convenient and simple - just cook oatmeal and add ready-cut dried fruits to it, nothing could be easier. But experts claim that this is not beneficial at all.

Dried fruits contain much more calories and sugar compared to fresh berries, grapes, or plums. This is because all the liquid is removed from the dried fruits during processing, while all the sugar and calories remain in them.

As a result, the blood sugar level rises after such breakfast and the desire for food arises quite quickly. If you really want something sweet with your porridge, sprinkle it with cocoa powder or add a little cinnamon. These ingredients will be low in calories and will not make your meal high in calories.

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