Oatmeal Can Keep You Fuller Than Regular Cereal


oatmeal, healthy breakfast, breakfastWhen compared to those ready-to-eat (often sugar-coated) cereals, it turns out that oatmeal can do a much better job of keeping you full. Oatmeal is a versatile food as you can experiment with different flavors and added fruits and nuts, ultimately increasing your caloric intake to ensure you’re feeling as satisfied as possible. And, a new study has indicated that isn’t the only reason oatmeal is the smarter choice.

The study, which was reported by FoodNavigator,  found that “the key to oats’ effect on satiety is in fact the viscous nature the oat fiber develops when fully hydrated.” The study goes on to state that “the oats and oat fiber added to boxed cereals has been changed by the manufacturing processes common to ready-to-eat cereals (RTEC)."

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The study was presented at the Experimental Biology 2013 conference in Boston and “showed that an oatmeal breakfast enhanced feelings of fullness and helped curb hunger to a significantly greater extent than a leading oat-based ready-to-eat cereal (RTEC).”

FoodNavigator reported that “forty-seven healthy men and women completed the randomized, controlled crossover investigation. Following an overnight fast, subjects completed two breakfast trials in random order at least a week apart. Each breakfast consisted of either 250 calories of instant oatmeal or 250 calories of a RTEC served with 113 calories of lactose-free skim milk. After eating breakfast, subjects’ satiety measures were assessed at 30, 60, 120, 180 and 240 minutes. After four hours, subjects were given lunch and were told that they could eat as much or as little as they wanted.”

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The results indicated that for those that had the oatmeal, they reported increased levels of fullness as well as reduced hunger. The subjects also consumed about 85 fewer calories than the other group. Furthermore, these subjects also chose lower-fat options at lunch, “suggesting that enhanced fullness may actually help control the desire for foods that are higher in calories and fat.”

Photo Credit: MD Anderson's Focused on Health

References: Food Navigator



By Ryan Bisram| September 19, 2013
Categories:  Eat
Keywords:  EatFood and Drink

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Ryan Bisram

Ryan Bisram

Ryan Bisram is Naturally Savvy's Content Manager. He is also a Health Promoter who frequently contributes editorial pieces. - See more at: http://www.naturallysavvy.com/food-and-nutrition/the-un-coconut-water-would-you-drink-maple-water#sthash.jU9uOSAr.dpuf
Ryan Bisram is Naturally Savvy's Content Manager. He is also a Health Promoter who frequently contributes editorial pieces. - See more at: http://www.naturallysavvy.com/food-and-nutrition/the-un-coconut-water-would-you-drink-maple-water#sthash.jU9uOSAr.dpuf
Ryan Bisram is Naturally Savvy's Content Manager. He is also a Health Promoter who frequently contributes editorial pieces. - See more at: http://www.naturallysavvy.com/food-and-nutrition/the-un-coconut-water-would-you-drink-maple-water#sthash.jU9uOSAr.dpuf
Ryan Bisram is a contributing writer for NaturallySavvy.com.

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