Oatmeal Beats Cereal For Satiety

Oatmeal Beats Cereal For Satiety It's been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Not only can it help 'break the fast' from many hours without nutrition, but can play an important role in keeping hunger under control for the rest of the day. A study presented at the 2013 Experimental Biology Conference in Boston suggests oatmeal beats out ready-to-eat cereal for lasting satiety.

Researchers had 47 healthy men and women fast overnight before sitting down to a 250 calorie breakfast of instant oatmeal or cereal with skim milk. At lunch 4 hours later, they were allowed to eat as much as they wanted. Those who had oatmeal for breakfast were able to keep calories under control better during lunch.

True Strength Moment: What's the satiety secret of oatmeal? When hydrated during mixing with water, the oat fiber takes on a thick, viscous consistency that helps enhance feelings of fullness and suppress hunger. Most people eat cereal in milk faster to preserve the crunchiness, so the viscosity never completely develops.
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