Oats for breakfast are perhaps on every other weight-watchers’ food plan, and the fuss surrounding this chunky ingredient is indeed all it’s cracked up to be. Replacing the morning cereal and in-between high-cal snacks, let’s find out the truth behind the oat-story.

Nutritional Value: Considered to be a superfood for weight loss, oats are high in protein and low in calories. They also have a good dose of manganese, vitamin B, copper, zinc, and fiber, which makes them  a great alternate for breakfast, particularly if you’re trying to stay under the 250-calorie limit.

Cravings: Quick and easy to prepare, you needn’t skip breakfast when you’re pressed for time. Packaged versions can be carried to work and stirred up in some milk or water using a microwave (for those 4pm cravings). Now, because they essentially absorb the liquid and bloat in size, they tend to occupy more space in the stomach, which keeps you feeling full for longer. The cereal also pumps up your energy levels and keeps your blood sugar count steady.

Cholesterol: Not just for weight loss, the ingredient is also a great save for those who are trying to get healthier. Replace a meal with oats for six weeks and see your cholesterol levels dip.

While most people run in the other direction, because let’s face it, oats aren’t exactly appetizing to look at, or the most exciting food out there, but you could spice them up with cinnamon, or try our oatmeal pancake recipe, complete with a handful of berries.

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With a Masters in English literature, Trina Remedios has spent her recent years extensively writing about health and fitness, with a keen interest in the beauty segment as well. While her high calorific lunches are positively deceiving, her inner hippie takes to the city roads and can run circles around most marathoners. Follow her for beauty hacks, natural fixes, fitness fads, celebrity trends, and wellness tips.