Our expert says:
All foods have the potential to be fattening if eaten in excess. If you have a bowl of instant oats with hot milk in the mornings to keep you warm this should not cause weight gain. As I mentioned to Cindy today, as regards the GI (glycaemic index) of oats, Oats-so-Easy, natural flavour by Jungle has a GI of 54, while most of the cooked oats porridges have a medium GI of about 62-68, and certain oat porridges may have an even higher GI. The GI of a food gives us an indication of how long the food will keep you satiated because of the effect the food has on blood sugar and insulin levels. Low-GI foods will keep you satisfied for longer and prevent hunger pangs. However, please keep in mind that the GI of any cereal product can be lowered by eating the cereal or porridge with milk or yoghurt.
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