Friday, February 13, 2015

Oatmeal for breakfast may increase satiety and mean a lower calorie lunch

Research, published in Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism, investigated how different breakfasts affect feelings of fullness, and later appetite and food intake. This was done by comparing the effects of quick-cooked oatmeal, sugared corn flakes and water in a small group of healthy weight and over weight individuals. According to the study findings, consumption of oatmeal for breakfast resulted in greater fullness, lower hunger ratings and fewer calories eaten at the next meal compared to a calorie-matched amount of ready-to-eat corn flakes cereal. After three hours, subjects reported the same level of hunger after having corn flakes for breakfast as they did when they consumed only water. Oatmeal contains a sufficient amount of fiber in it, which is proven to keep one fuller for longer. The results were more pronounced for the participants who were overweight, suggesting that overweight individuals may be more responsive to the satiety effects of the dietary fiber found in oatmeal. So, remember, eat your oatmeal and maintain a fiber-rich diet!

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