During the warmer months, it’s not unusual to wake up craving something cold for breakfast. While a chilly smoothie or a bowl of cereal may be tasty and nutritious options, you may find yourself wanting to eat all the food when lunchtime rolls around. If your stomach is grumbling and your hungry just hours after breakfast, it’s very easy to overeat come lunchtime.
A new study showed that eating a bowl of instant oatmeal for breakfast helps to curb lunchtime hunger. The researchers compared participant’s lunchtime hunger after eating a breakfast of either a popular oat-based cold cereal or instant oatmeal. As it turns out, those who ate the instant oatmeal ate significantly less at lunch than those who had the breakfast consisting of the oat-based cold cereal.
The satiety achieved after eating a bowl of instant oats may be attributed to the “higher molecular viscosity of the beta-glucan” which is a type of soluble fiber found in the instant oatmeal. It is also important to take into consideration the processing of each breakfast product. The oat-based cold cereal goes through more processing than does the instant oatmeal, which leads to changes in the oat fiber resulting in reduced satiety.
Instant oatmeal is filling, versatile, and can be made in a pinch. Just stir in your liquid of choice and top with fresh berries, nuts, or really anything you wish! As the cooler months roll around, it is highly likely you will wake up wanting something toasty. To avoid becoming overly hungry at lunch, take advantage of the brisk fall mornings by making yourself a comforting bowl of instant oatmeal.