Breakfast of Champs?

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Jeff Baltimore a Doctor from Maryland has put together an interesting healthy? breakfast:

Old fashioned oatmeal

low sugar whey

protein powder

beet powder

baobab powder

matcha powder

maca powder

psyllium husks

pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg)

turmeric powder

frozen wild blueberries

almond butter.

Wow! What a combo hu? I got this piece of information from Men’s Health Magazine September 2019 edition. Now’s let’s look into this deeper which the article doesn’t do, and see why possibly the good doctor chose this combo. We will start with the first thing listed and work our way down the list to see what possible benefits to the body each one is:

Old Fashioned Oatmeal – I assume he’s referring to Quaker Oats. If this is the case, there is room for improvement in this choice of Oatmeal. Not that it’s bad, but not the best. So which oatmeal is the best? Steal-cut oatmeal is because it’s minimally processed and because it contains more fiber and density than other forms of oatmeal.

Low sugar whey – First of all what is whey? I’m going to quote Google on this one: Whey is an animal-based protein made from the unwanted scraps of milk and cheese. Milk actually contains two main types of protein: casein (80%) and whey (20%). In its original liquid state, whey is a mixture of mostly water with some protein, fat, carbohydrates and lactose. And here are the benefits of whey:

10 health benefits of whey protein that are supported by human studies.

  • Whey is an Excellent Source of High-Quality Protein. …
  • Whey Protein Promotes Muscle Growth. …
  • Whey Protein May Lower Blood Pressure. …
  • Whey Protein May Help Treat Type 2 Diabetes. …
  • Whey Protein May Help Reduce Inflammation.

Protein powder- I’m not sure why he’s adding Protein powder since Low Sugar whey seems to me the same but according to Google here are the benefits of Protein powder:

Protein powder is a popular nutritional supplement. Protein is an essential macronutrient that helps build muscle, repair tissue, and make enzymes and hormones. Using protein powder may also aid weight loss and help people tone their muscles.

Beet powder-

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Wow, aren’t Beets amazing!? I can see why the good Doctor chose to put some Beet powder in his oatmeal!

Baobab powder- I’ve never heard of it and find it extremely fascinating! Read about it at Naturespath.com

Matcha powder – Seeing how this has caffeine in it, I’d say it’s perfect for breakfast. Read more about the benefits here at health.com.

Maca powder- Not to be confused with matcha, maca is a native Peruvian plant (from the cruciferous family such as broccoli and cabbage) that are touted as an excellent source of antioxidants, iron, and calcium. More about Maca powder at Dailyburn.com

Psyllium husks-

Psyllium is a bulk-forming laxative.

This means it soaks up water in your gut and makes bowel movements much easier and can help promote regularity without increasing flatulence. It can be used as a one-off to ease constipation, or it can be added to your diet to help promote regularity and overall digestive health.

Heart health:

Research has shown that taking soluble fiber can help people manage their cholesterol levels. Proper cholesterol regulation is important for everyone, but it’s vital for people over the age of 50.

One study shows that at least six weeks of daily psyllium intake is an effective way for people who are obese or overweight to lower their cholesterol with very few side effects.

If you’ve been told that you need to watch your cholesterol, ask your doctor if adding psyllium to a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet will help you. To learn more about Psyllium husks go to healthline.com

Cinnamon- Most of us already know how healthy cinnamon can be for our bodies: Cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants. Antioxidants protect your body from oxidative damage caused by free radicals.

Anti-Inflammatory Properties (Such as chronic inflammatory)

Cinnamon has been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease, the world’s most common cause of premature death.

In people with type 2 diabetes, 1 gram or about half a teaspoon of cinnamon per day has been shown to have beneficial effects on blood markers.

It reduces levels of total cholesterol, “bad” LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, while “good” HDL cholesterol remains stable (10Trusted Source).

More recently, a big review study concluded that a cinnamon dose of just 120 mg per day can have these effects. In this study, cinnamon also increased “good” HDL cholesterol levels (11Trusted Source).

In animal studies, cinnamon has been shown to reduce blood pressure (3Trusted Source).

When combined, all these factors may drastically cut your risk of heart disease. Source:

Ginger- It has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Ginger May Reduce Muscle Pain and Soreness. For many more benefits of Ginger see healthline.com

Nutmeg- I’m sure he added Nutmeg for the taste, and of course, there are health benefits to consuming Netmeg too. It also has anti-inflammatory properties. Nutmeg is rich in anti-inflammatory compounds called monoterpenes, including sabinene, terpineol, and pinene. These may help reduce inflammation in your body. To learn more about Nutmeg go here.

Turmeric powder- Turmeric is Anti-Inflammatory: The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, a potent anti-inflammatory that helps maintain healthy inflammation responses.

Supports Healthy Joints

Turmeric Encourages Healthy Cholesterol Levels.High cholesterol is known to be caused by oxidative stress (13), brought on to the body by chronic inflammation and high blood sugar. So, again, reducing inflammation in the body supports healthy cholesterol levels.

One study found curcumin comparable to prescription drug Lipitor (14) on endothelial dysfunction in reducing in inflammation and markers of oxidative stress. An earlier animal study (15) showed similar results on the body.

There are many more possible benefits of Turmeric. Find more info at foodbabe.com

Frozen wild blueberries- Low in calories and high in nutrients. Wild blueberries are typically smaller and richer in some antioxidants.

One cup:

  • Fiber: 4 grams
  • Vitamin C: 24% of the RDI
  • Vitamin K: 36% of the RDI
  • Manganese: 25% of the RDI
  • Small amounts of various other nutrients.

The main antioxidant compounds in blueberries belong to a family of polyphenols antioxidants called flavonoids.

One group of flavonoids in particular — anthocyanins — is thought to be responsible for much of these berries’ beneficial health effects (7Trusted Source).

Blueberries have been shown to directly increase antioxidant levels in your body.

To read more about the benefits of blueberries go to healthline.com

Last but not least Almond butter- Besides for the flavor that would enhance the overall taste of this healthy oatmeal concoction Almond butter is a good source of the healthy monounsaturated fats our bodies need. These fats are associated with lowering the risk of heart disease. Eating almonds offers antioxidant action from Vitamin E and helps lower cholesterol. Source: Google

Well, are you encouraged or discouraged to try Doc’s breakfast? Myself..I’m on the fence about it. With all this added, how will it taste? After all, if it tastes bad, who’s going to continue to eat it? Not me, and not most of us. But because of all the health benefits, perhaps it’s worth trying?

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