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Oatmeal

Hi. I keep reading how oatmeal is so awesome for you on this site. Why? Why is it better than a piece of whole wheat bread for example? They have the same fiber and the bread actually have more protein per calorie.

Thanks

A lot of it has to do with the processing… and resulting GI or II of the food.

Mainstream bread, in general, has a very high GI. Some breads may not be so bad though.

However, all that said, it depends on your goals and whether or not you may have a tendency towards insulin resistance.

This article has a lot of information on what makes oats so good. http://www.johnberardi.com/articles/recipes/brief_history_of_oats.htm