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Choosing your oatmeal
If you’re ready to take a pass on the coffee and give oatmeal a try (or, to start, supplement your diet), just remember to go for unprocessed, high-fiber, whole grain oats. Instant oatmeal is okay in a pinch, but, as with all processed foods, it likely contains added salt and sugar, and it’s designed to be quickly digested by your body, so it will give you a bit of a blood sugar spike…and you really want to avoid that. Rolled oats are a bit better than instant oatmeal because they’re a little less processed.

The healthiest, most energy-boosting oatmeal is the one you make out of groats (whole oat grains, which have the outer husk removed) or steel-cut oats (groats that have been cut into two or three pieces).

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Cynthia Dusseault
Cynthia Dusseault is a professional freelance writer with both a health and an education background. A former medical radiation technologist and elementary school teacher, she realized that no matter what she did, she was drawn to any task that involved writing, so she decided, over a decade ago, to write full-time. Since then, she has written for a variety of magazines and websites including Nursing PRN, National Review of Medicine, University Affairs, Your Health, Education Leaders Today, Today's Parent, Children's Playmate, and many more. She has written about topics such as asthma, genital herpes, circumcision, teleradiology, body art, learning disabilities and exercise trends, and she absolutely adores the fact that writing—particularly doing the research for the articles she writes—makes her a lifelong learner.

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