Eating oats for breakfast makes you fat. Myth or reality?
18th August, 2020
At a time when breakfast cereals seem to be the source of all evil, information about how good oats are abounds. So now we’re confused about what’s what. Today we want to decipher whether eating oats for breakfast makes you fat or not.
Oats make you fat
It is true?
Oatmeal is a cereal, rich in carbohydrates and proteins and which logically increases calorie consumption, by some 380 calories per 100g. For breakfast the correct serving should be around 30g, i.e. around 114 calories. This small number of calories will be expended over the course of the day, thus we can safely say that oats do not make you fat.
The benefits of oatmeal.
It is filling, so it helps to regulate the appetite.
It provides a lot of fibre so it aids intestinal transit.
It is rich in proteins of high biological value.
Its calorie value is low.
Its hydrates come from fibre, not from sugar.
It is rich in B vitamins, essential for the metabolism, as well as vitamins A and E for the skin, and vitamin D, for bones.
It is rich in beta-glucans that absorb cholesterol and acidic bile in the intestines.
How to eat oats.
The most common way to eat oatmeal is for breakfast, as oatbran mixed with water, milk or yoghurt, to which you can add fruit, for example.
The oat diet.
There is a diet doing the rounds on the internet that promises you will lose 5kg in 5 days. This is enough to make us suspicious, because we’ve spoken plenty about miracle fast diets which tend to be fake, as well as dangerous.
This diet consists of mixing three spoonfuls of oats into a cup of water or soya milk, and consuming this for breakfast and dinner.
For breakfast you eat fruit along with the oats.
For lunch, chicken and vegetables.
Snack on fruit.
Eat only the oats for dinner.
This is a very restrictive diet that we cannot recommend at all. We’re only mentioning it here for information. However, eating oats for breakfast is a great idea and to liven things up a little, we’ve got some great examples for you.
Oatmeal with dried fruits.
Soak oats in water overnight. In the morning drain the water and put the oats in a saucepan with half a cup of water. Cook over a low heat and add cinnamon and ginger. As it thickens add more water to prevent it from sticking to the pan. Add almonds, chopped nuts and raisins. Sweeten if you wish and finish with some fruit, such as raspberries and blueberries.
Heat a cup of milk in a saucepan and add 3 spoons of oats and honey. Cover and leave to cook for 10 minutes.
Oatmeal and apple biscuits.
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and put greaseproof paper on the tray. Toast some almonds in a pan without oil. Mix a jar of applesauce with oat flakes, salt and cinnamon. Add the almonds. Squash small balls of mixture and place them on the oven tray. Bake for 10-13 minutes.
Armed with all of the above information, it’s clear that eating oats for breakfast will not make you fat and if you mix them with milk or fat-free yoghurt, or nuts, you’ll also have yourself a healthy breakfast, which is both nourishing and complete. If you practice a lot of sports, the amino-acids in oats will help you to develop muscles.