According to a recent article posted by the Huffington Post, oatmeal may be your key to feeling satiated through out the day. Feeling fuller longer keeps you from making poor nutrition and eating decisions and keeps you on track for a healthy lifestyle.
When compared to ready to eat cereals, eating oatmeal for breakfast provided a greater feeling of fullness and a decreased desire to eat again for up to four hours later.
We all know the key to losing weight and maintain good nutrition is a delicate dance between quantity and quality. It is not only important to monitor your portion sizes and frequency of your snacking but also the quality of what it is that you are eating. You should be sure you are getting the most nutritional bang for your buck. And sometimes the foods we eat can work in our favor to help us on our path to good health and nutrition. As we see in the study published by The Journal of the American College of Nutrition, when compared to ready to eat cereals, oatmeal provides a fuller more satisfied sensation, thus negating your need to snack more or go back to the kitchen for your next meal sooner.
"The increase in satiety may be attributed to the viscosity of oatmeal," researchers wrote in the study. "Increased viscosity was due to the hydration properties, higher molecular weight, and concentration of the beta-glucan in oatmeal compared to the [ready-to-eat cereal]."
So eat up that Oatmeal folks!