Our expert says:
Yes this is correct. According to the SA Food Tables, uncooked oats will provide you with 420 kcal or 1757 kJ per 100g and cooked oats will supply 66 kcal or 274 kJ per 100g. The reason for this is that when you cook oats or any other porridge you add a large quantity of water to the dry oats. Dry oats have a water content of 5.6% while cooked oats contain 85.3% water and water does not provide any energy. So by cooking the oats you have actually diluted the energy content! Adult women require about 2000 kcal per day to maintain their weight and 1500 kcal per day if they want to lose weight.
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