The magic of oatmeal September 08 2014

Oatmeal has a low to moderate effect on your blood glucose level and insulin production. Eating food high in soluble fibre such as oatmeal on a daily basis may help stabilize your blood sugar and lower your risk of type 2 diabetes, says the American Diabetes Association.

Oats have a lower GI than other grains because they provide both soluble and insoluble fibre. Foods with soluble fibre digest slowly, releasing the sugar content of a food at a gradual rate.

Glycaemic Index Foundation calls old-fashioned oats ”slow carbs”, because their soluble fibre content slows the breakdown of carbohydrates during digestion. Foods with a low GI help stabilize blood glucose levels, which keeps your insulin production within a normal range and helps to prevent type 2 diabetes.

Source: American Diabetes Association, or ADA