The human body needs complex carbohydrates to function and grains are a good source of them. The healthiest type of grain is fiber-rich whole grains, like oats. Though technically the flour or "meal" made from this grain, these days the term oatmeal usually refers to porridge made from rolled oats. Studies show that eating oatmeal boosts fiber intake and provides a long list of other health benefits, as well.

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1. Whole Grains vs Refined Grains

Researchers say that at least half of the grains in a person’s diet should be whole grains, rather than refined grains. Oatmeal is a fiber-rich source of whole grains. It contains iron, copper, magnesium, antioxidants, phytochemicals, B vitamins, healthy fats, and many other nutrients. Refined grains lose many of these nutritional benefits during the refining process.

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