Stabilize Blood Glucose with Oats

Oats are warm and comforting -- and good for you, too. They've grabbed banner headlines for their heart-healthy goodness, but did you know oats also help stabilize blood glucose?


Look on the Labels

Eating oats and other fiber-rich foods for breakfast appears to help keep blood glucose under control throughout the day.

When shopping for oat products, look for heart-health claims on the label. The U. S. Food and Drug Administration allows oat products containing 3 or more grams of soluble fiber per serving to make one of these two health claims:

  • "Soluble fiber from oatmeal, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease."

  • "Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that include 3 grams of soluble fiber from whole oats per day may reduce the risk of heart disease."