By Chara Krangle

Is oatmeal good for you?


 Is oatmeal good for you?


Oatmeal has truly stood the test of time, being enjoyed for centuries ( states, 'The earliest evidence of human consumption dates to more than 30,000 years ago…'). It's not just the convenience and availability of oatmeal that has allowed it to continue to be a staple in our diets, rather the nutrients and benefits it offers.


Oatmeal has been thrown through the ringer this year, just as the pendulum seems to swing with various food groups (remember when fats were considered bad?! Now, keto is a multi-billion dollar industry!). Oatmeal is now being demonized after having had a huge glow-up the past few years, with oat milk being all the rage! 

So the question begs, is oatmeal good for you?  

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We're here to address the nay-sayers and shed some honest (and non-biased) light on this topic through the facts and benefits of oatmeal.

First, why oatmeal is getting a bad rap?

A common reason for oat aversion is their phytic acid content, which inhibits the absorption of essential minerals like iron, zinc, and calcium. Phytic acid obstructs the production of digestive enzymes, contributing to increased stomach discomfort associated with oats for some people. 

While this is true, oats contain phytic acid; simply soaking them overnight reduces the amount, increasing the absorption of these nutrients. That's why overnight oats became so popular. Those who had difficulty digesting oatmeal before noticed a significant difference when soaking them, especially when adding a pinch of fresh lemon juice or apple cider vinegar if you can handle the taste. Plus, the convenience of a creamy grab-and-go breakfast or snack option gave oatmeal a whole new reason for people with busy schedules to implement this healthy hack!


Not all oats are equal

One of the messages that has been consistent in the media is that oatmeal spikes your blood sugar levels. As a holistic nutritionist, I'm so happy that people are paying attention to what spikes insulin as type 2 diabetes is becoming more and more prominent each year.

However, highly processed oats (such as quick oats) cause the greatest increase in blood sugar levels, especially when paired with sugar. Hmm, that sounds like an oatmeal company we know that rhymes with Baker



We digress…


Rolled oats, the type of oatmeal found in Oat of the Ordinaryhave a moderate effect on blood sugar levels and insulin response. While they do contain carbohydrates, which can lead to a temporary increase in blood sugar levels after consumption, the fibre content in rolled oats helps to slow down the absorption of glucose into the bloodstream.


This slower absorption can mitigate the spike in insulin that might occur with more refined carbohydrates. Additionally, pairing rolled oats with protein, healthy fats, or fibre-rich foods can further help stabilize blood sugar levels. Now you understand why we include flax seed, chia seed, and plant protein in our delicious oatmeal blends. When we say all of our ingredients were methodically chosen, we mean it!


Overall, rolled oats are considered a relatively low-glycemic food choice and can be part of a balanced diet for most people, including those managing their blood sugar levels.

 A flat lay, birds eye view of a oatmeal breakfast with tea and flowers.

Oatmeal tastes bland


We totally agree. Oatmeal doesn't exactly have the most amazing taste by itself. We don't think it takes a rocket scientist to figure out how to solve this one, but just in case you're curious…


Simply adding some cut-up fruit, plain yogurt (or coconut yogurt), and/or adding a small tbsp of nut butter can go a long way. And if you want something even easier than that, I'd be remiss to recommend the Chocolate Coconut, Blueberry Cinnamon or Raspberry oatmeal blends you can find here that are packed with flavour and are delicious on their own thanks to our unique and health-forward ingredients. 

 Raspberry instant oatmeal in a bowl with fresh strawberries and kiwis.

 Let's move into the benefits of oatmeal.


Oatmeal facts:

1. Nutrient-Rich: Oatmeal is packed with essential nutrients like fibre, protein, magnesium, phosphorus, and iron. It's like a multivitamin in grain form, promoting overall health and well-being.

2. Heart Health: One of oatmeal's most celebrated benefits is its ability to lower cholesterol levels. Thanks to its soluble fibre content, it helps reduce cholesterol absorption into the bloodstream, thus supporting heart health and reducing the risk of heart disease.

3. Sustained Energy: Ever feel that mid-morning slump after a sugary breakfast? Say goodbye to that with oatmeal. It's complex carbohydrates provide a steady release of energy, keeping you fuelled and focused throughout the morning.

4. Weight Management: Oatmeal is incredibly filling, making you less likely to snack on unhealthy foods later in the day. Plus, its fibre content aids digestion and helps regulate appetite, making it a great ally in weight management.

5. Versatility: Whether you prefer it hot or cold, oatmeal is endlessly versatile, so be sure to follow our Instagram page to see unique and delicious recipe creations. 


How we're taking oatmeal to the next level to support health and productivity

Now, let's talk about the purpose behind Oat of the Ordinary and what it can do for you. This isn't your average oatmeal; it's a cut above the rest, and here's why:

1. Premium Quality: Oat of the Ordinary takes pride in sourcing the finest, non-GMO oats to ensure top-notch quality and taste in every bite. When you start with the best ingredients, you can expect nothing but the best results.

2. Co-created by a holistic nutritionist who methodically added each ingredient to serve a purpose. Learn more about our story here.

3. Delicious Flavors: From Chocolate CoconutBlueberry Cinnamon or Raspberry, Oat of the Ordinary provides delicious flavoured oatmeal without the large amounts of sugar found in other oatmeal blends on the market today.

4. Convenience: In today's fast-paced world, convenience is key. Oat of the Ordinary understands that which is why our oats are quick and easy to prepare, whether you're making them instantly by adding hot water or overnight oatmeal for a creamy and delicious grab-and-go option. A wholesome breakfast has never been more convenient.

5. Community-Focused: Beyond providing great oats, Oat of the Ordinary is dedicated to building a community of oat enthusiasts who share a passion for healthy living and feeling less alone in their wellness journey. Join the Oat of the Ordinary family and be part of something bigger than breakfast.

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Make Oatmeal Your Morning Ritual

In conclusion, oatmeal is more than just a breakfast staple; it's a nutritional powerhouse that offers a myriad of health benefits. And when you choose Oat of the Ordinary, you're not just choosing oatmeal – you're choosing quality and taste while supporting your overall wellness.  


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