We have all been living in the assumption that a warm bowl of cooked oats is the best thing that can be served to us on the platter in a cold winter morning. But, here is a study that may take you by surprise when you learn that not all oats are created equally as far as filling oneself up for the whole day is concerned.
Researchers who had done a US study on the same found that instant oats are more satisfying than any other cereal and that includes even the old-fashioned oatmeal.
Keeping in mind that the production process of different breakfast cereals is different, the researchers from the Louisiana State University’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center wanted to test how these differences influenced the level of a consumer’s satisfaction. The researchers gave less than 50 people three different 910 kilojoule breakfasts of instant oatmeal, competitor’s more highly processed ready-to-eat cereal, old-fashioned oatmeal, etc. They then assessed the satisfaction levels of the participants at four hour-intervals.
The lead researcher of the study, Dr Frank Greenway, said, “We found instant oatmeal to be more effective at suppressing appetite compared to the cold cereal, even with a smaller serving size and less calories than previously investigated”.
The team of researchers quoted that the main difference between oatmeal as well as other cereals is that oatmeal has a unique characteristic and that food processing is likely to influence an individual’s level of satiety. Oatmeal consumption accounted for higher levels of satisfaction among the instant oatmeal consumers.
They also added that instant oatmeal flakes are cut more thinly compared with old-fashioned oats and therefore, they hydrate more easily. The researchers said that sufficient amount of hydration of fibre is important for one to induce the very process of satiety.
The study was published in the peer-reviewed journal, Nutritional Journal.
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