Fasting oatmeal water: benefits and how to prepare it

Oatmeal is a cereal with an important number of properties that make it a great ally of health. It provides the body with slow absorption carbohydrates, fiber, proteins, vitamins and minerals.

This cereal belongs to the grass family and, according to the Spanish Nutrition Foundation (FEN), its seeds are rich in protein, vitamin E and B complex such as thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B6 and folic acid, phytic acid , fiber, beta-glucans, zinc, calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, unsaturated fats or also known as good fats. In addition, it is an important source of antioxidants.

In any of its presentations, this food is key to nutrition and including a daily portion is recommended for everyone. In the particular case of raw oats, it can help lower bad cholesterol, control blood sugar levels, and lower blood pressure.

Another of its benefits is that it helps regulate bowel movements and maintain proper weight, according to a study published by the University of Oxford in the United States National Library of Medicine.

Provides energy

It is recognized for being an important source of carbohydrates, which are key to providing the body with energy. It promotes nerve health and is considered a key food for longevity, since its phytonutrients and fatty acids allow the body to fight against chronic diseases.

On the other hand, the beta-glucans it contains help in the thickening process of the heart muscles, minimizing the risk of heart disease. Raw oats also have antifungal properties and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.

A study published in the journal Nutrition Reviewssuggests that consuming oatmeal in water an hour before eating food can help reduce blood glucose levels significantly, since it prevents the body from secreting too much insulin in short periods of time.

The wellness portal health 180, from Mexico, cites a study by the National Autonomous University of that country, which concludes that oat flakes have an antihypercholesterolemic effect; that is, it removes cholesterol from the blood, cleaning the fat that accumulates on the walls of the arteries.

The analyzes also indicate that the amino acids of this cereal contribute to the stimulation of lecithin in the liver, which favors the expulsion of toxins in the drinking oatmeal water before breakfast helps detoxify the body.

The consumption of oatmeal water helps regulate intestinal transit. Photo: Getty Images. – Photo: Gettyimages Photo

Similarly, it decreases bile acids, facilitating intestinal transit, which can prevent constipation. In addition, slow-absorbing carbohydrates allow the intestine to better absorb the properties of food.

Lastly, at contain iodine, a mineral that helps the functioning of the thyroid gland, prevents the development of diseases such as hypothyroidism.

How to prepare it?

To prepare the oatmeal water, you only need a glass of water, a tablespoon of oatmeal flakes and honey or organic sugar and cinnamon. The oats are placed in the water and then the sweetener and let stand overnight and the next day you can drink it in the morning. If the person wants more servings, just multiply the ingredient amounts.

Another way to prepare it is with three cups of water, one of oat flakes and four teaspoons of barley miso. Boil plain water, remove from heat, add oat flakes and leave to soak for 30 minutes. Then add the barley and mix well and it will be ready to eat. If the person wishes, they can filter it and pass it to a glass container.