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Ask the Diva: What’s Even Better Than Oatmeal?

How does oat bran compare to oatmeal? Nutrition Diva answers a listener's question.

By
Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS

Q. I eat cooked oat bran (along with Greek yogurt, fruit, and walnuts) for breakfast. I like it, and it’s quicker to cook than thick rolled oats. Plus, it’s higher in fiber and protein.  Even though it’s not technically a whole grain, it seems like a better choice. Am I missing out on anything by eating just the bran instead of the whole grain?

A. It’s not surprising that oat bran is about 50% higher in fiber than whole rolled oats—after all, the bran is where most of the fiber in a grain is found. But when I realized that it was also 50% higher in protein, I started eating oat bran cereal instead of oatmeal. As you say, it’s even quicker to make and I like the creamy texture. Plus, more protein and fiber make for a more filling breakfast. In this case, I don’t think you’re giving anything up by not eating the whole grain. In fact, your breakfast sounds terrific!  Keep up the good work.

See also:
Are Whole Grains Really Necessary for a Healthy Diet?
Are Steel-Cut Oats Healthier?
 

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About the Author

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS

Monica Reinagel is a board-certified licensed nutritionist, author, and the creator of one of iTunes' most highly ranked health and fitness podcasts. Her advice is regularly featured on the TODAY show, Dr. Oz, NPR, and in the nation's leading newspapers, magazines, and websites. Do you have a nutrition question? Call the Nutrition Diva listener line at 443-961-6206. Your question could be featured on the show. 

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