Oatmeal is one of those foods with virtually not fat in it, but is often scrutinized by people for causing weight gain because of its high carbohydrate content. But is oatmeal fattening?
The answer is no. An entire cup of oatmeal has less calories than two slices of bread. When cooked up with water it can provide a lot of sustenance. Oatmeal is a superior carbohydrate because it provides consistent energy to the body rather than a short term spike.
Oatmeal’s fat content varies, but it is generally less than three grams of fat per serving. That certainly fits into the “low fat” spectrum of foods.
Oatmeal can become fattening depending on how it is prepared. Adding a lot of sugar and cream or whole milk can add to the calorie content. Many people enjoy sprucing up their oatmeal with brown sugar and milk. This can turn a 150 calorie cup of oatmeal into a 300-400 calorie meal with far too much sugar.
The best way to consume oatmeal is by preparing it with water, adding a some fresh fruit like blueberries or strawberries, and adding a couple of egg whites into the mix for some protein.
Nutritional experts will tell you that this meal might be the perfect breakfast. It’s best to avoid flavored oatmeal and stick to good old fashioned oatmeal with no flavors or preservatives.