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Oatmeal vs Wheat Bran Cereal – Which is Better for Diabetics?

We’re putting two of the most popular breakfast classics into a head-to-head showdown!
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Which of these two is better for diabetics, and what effects do they have on your glucose levels?

1) Wheat bran is made from the hard outer shell of the wheat plant. When it’s processed, this product becomes a byproduct called bran. Wheat bran is rich in various nutrients… Such as fiber, iron, and thiamin!

2) Wheat bran is an excellent source of plant-based protein. In fact, a one ounce serving supplies about 4 and a half grams. So while the insoluble fiber within wheat bran may not directly slow your digestion, its protein can work in this manner. Thus, wheat bran can still help your body slow the release of glucose into your bloodstream.

3) A one ounce serving of wheat bran can contain: 16% of the recommended daily intake for IRON, 28% of the RDI for PHOSPHORUS, 31% of the RDI for SELENIUM, 43% of the RDI for MAGNESIUM, and a whopping 160% of the RDI for MANGANESE.

4) Manganese is an antioxidant that can fight free radical damage and lessen inflammation. Plus, it has been shown to aid insulin secretion and blood sugar stabilization.

5) Oatmeal comes from oats that have been de-husked, steamed, and flattened. Oatmeal can be found in several delicious varieties, including steel-cut, rolled, and ground oats.

6) A typical one-cup serving of cooked oatmeal can supply over 160 calories, with 3.5 grams of fat and 6 grams of protein. It also contains approximately 32 grams of carbohydrates, with just 4 grams of dietary fiber.

7) A one-cup serving of cooked oatmeal contains 5% of the recommended daily intake for potassium, 12% of the RDI for iron, 16% of the RDI for magnesium, and 18% of the RDI for phosphorus.

8) Oats also supply other important nutrients, including zinc, folate, and vitamin B1, otherwise known as THIAMIN. Multiple studies show that thiamin is excellent for those suffering from diabetes, as it has the ability to reduce high blood pressure, lower blood sugar, and improve insulin levels.

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