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Oatmeal more filling than potatoes?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 28, 2013 at 11:41 AM

I've been experimenting with paleo for almost a year now and realized I feel more full with more carbs (I tried to go low-carb for a while and it was just frustrating with too much bingeing. High-fat doesn't feel too great for me, either). I've been eating potatoes for my carbs but I notice I fee fuller when I eat oatmeal in the morning (I started experimenting with that...I know it's NOT paleo). Does anyone feel like oatmeal is more filling than potatoes? Why do you think this might be? I don't know if I should keep eating it, but it's nice to feel fuller to lose weight... thoughts?

67871ef2326f29da48f1522827fc0f80

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on June 30, 2013
at 02:08 PM

Okay, cool. I can't do much raw veg cos I'm Celiac and other AI but sweet potatoes, I can barely eat a few ounces where if I were to eat white potato (it's a nightshade, with AI, you avoid those) -- which I love -- I can eat one of those massive football size ones without blinking. Every 'body' is different, though.

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

(2934)

on June 29, 2013
at 11:43 AM

It's the same for me as it is for Mscott and born2run012. Plain starch gets old pretty quickly.. Starch with fat though is a heap more palatable...

2c24b5d535ab1322e037099d023039f4

on June 29, 2013
at 01:47 AM

Cool, thanks for your input! I actually usually eat my oatmeal with eggs in the morning or any other meat with some fat later. It's crazy how oatmeal used to seem like a sweet treat and now I eat it like you would meat and potatoes :P

2c24b5d535ab1322e037099d023039f4

on June 29, 2013
at 01:46 AM

In a meal I try to get a portion of protein and fat along with the carb (usually in the form of potatoes, but now that may change to oatmeal more often). Plus lots of raw vegetables--believe me, I love my vegetables!! :) Sweet potatoes actually don't stick to me as much--it reminds me of how I feel with fruit, like it tastes sweet and delicious but not too filling.

2c24b5d535ab1322e037099d023039f4

on June 29, 2013
at 01:44 AM

Interesting you mention that. I tried adding fat to my carbs last summer and felt that it made the meal easy to overeat. Plus for some reason it is difficult for me to digest a lot of fat and as a runner high fat doesn't sit too well in my stomach on the runs. I think it may be different for everyone...

2c24b5d535ab1322e037099d023039f4

on June 29, 2013
at 01:42 AM

Yeah, I think I do feel better eating oats. The only problem is that I lose so much iron with all the running I do and I was concerned about the oats blocking the absorption of iron. :/ But I do want to lose weight, so I'd like something to eat that's more feeling. I feel like I could go to town with potatoes and oatmeal...stops me in my tracks :)

2c24b5d535ab1322e037099d023039f4

on June 29, 2013
at 01:40 AM

Yes, I tried to compare it with equal volume and calories. Just thought it'd be interesting to see what others thought. :)

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on June 28, 2013
at 08:42 PM

OK just put some cream on it.

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on June 28, 2013
at 08:40 PM

It depends on whether the meal is isocalorie. A buttered potato is more filling than an unbuttered one, for me anyway. If you're on a weight loss diet it might mean cutting back on portion size but if you're not it doesn't really matter.

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on June 28, 2013
at 04:21 PM

If anything, adding fat to carbs will make a meal less filling.

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on June 28, 2013
at 02:18 PM

are you eating equal volume and calories? Oatmeal tends to be very dense whereas potatoes, whether hash or roasted have a lot of air in them. For me, 100g of potatoes will fill me up more than 100g of oatmeal.

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on June 28, 2013
at 12:19 PM

Going with Michael on this one: if you feel better eating oats, then do so and don't worry about whether they're Paleo. Don't let dogma negatively impact your life. If you want to get the most out of your oats (and make them easier to digest), you could consider soaking them: http://paleohacks.com/questions/25556/baked-oatmeal-recipe-would-you-eat-oats-soaked-in-whey-buckwheat-pics-incl#axzz2XS1vYMC2

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Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

on June 28, 2013
at 12:01 PM

I haven't eaten oats in a while but I think it could be to do with oats having relatively more fibre and being prone to expanding once they've been eaten. However I can't be sure at this moment. In what sort of preparations do you eat them? Have your experiments included eating equi-caloric amounts - my intuition is that a 'regular' serving of oats would have more energy then that of potatoes... Adornments might matter too...

Btw I couldn't care less if oats are not 'paleo' :). If they seem to work for you then great. I'd be aware that oats contain gliadin, a protein that forms part of gluten, as well as protease inhibitors. These can be problematic/weaken digestive processes, particularly in susceptible people. Probably only you can be aware of your reactions to a large degree. If it works, I say do what works, views re 'paleoness' bedamned.

C6648ab69e5a1560c7585fe3ba7108fb

(880)

on June 28, 2013
at 12:19 PM

Going with Michael on this one: if you feel better eating oats, then do so and don't worry about whether they're Paleo. Don't let dogma negatively impact your life. If you want to get the most out of your oats (and make them easier to digest), you could consider soaking them: http://paleohacks.com/questions/25556/baked-oatmeal-recipe-would-you-eat-oats-soaked-in-whey-buckwheat-pics-incl#axzz2XS1vYMC2

2c24b5d535ab1322e037099d023039f4

on June 29, 2013
at 01:42 AM

Yeah, I think I do feel better eating oats. The only problem is that I lose so much iron with all the running I do and I was concerned about the oats blocking the absorption of iron. :/ But I do want to lose weight, so I'd like something to eat that's more feeling. I feel like I could go to town with potatoes and oatmeal...stops me in my tracks :)

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on June 28, 2013
at 07:40 PM

You definitely need to match them calorie for calorie, but I have done that and yes I do think that oatmeal is more filling. It has more protein and more bulk and that's a recipe for being full.

Also I love oatmeal, I put all sorts of great things in it and the scientific literature is full to the brim with studies showing that it improves health. Yay oatmeal!

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on June 28, 2013
at 08:42 PM

OK just put some cream on it.

2c24b5d535ab1322e037099d023039f4

on June 29, 2013
at 01:47 AM

Cool, thanks for your input! I actually usually eat my oatmeal with eggs in the morning or any other meat with some fat later. It's crazy how oatmeal used to seem like a sweet treat and now I eat it like you would meat and potatoes :P

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on June 28, 2013
at 01:01 PM

If the point is to make a carb more filling, put some fat on it. Butter, duck fat fried potatoes, bacon fat, cream, whatever. The addition of fat reduces the glycemic spike, which is relatively the same for every starch.

A2c38be4c54c91a15071f82f14cac0b3

(12682)

on June 28, 2013
at 04:21 PM

If anything, adding fat to carbs will make a meal less filling.

Medium avatar

(10611)

on June 28, 2013
at 08:40 PM

It depends on whether the meal is isocalorie. A buttered potato is more filling than an unbuttered one, for me anyway. If you're on a weight loss diet it might mean cutting back on portion size but if you're not it doesn't really matter.

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

(2934)

on June 29, 2013
at 11:43 AM

It's the same for me as it is for Mscott and born2run012. Plain starch gets old pretty quickly.. Starch with fat though is a heap more palatable...

2c24b5d535ab1322e037099d023039f4

on June 29, 2013
at 01:44 AM

Interesting you mention that. I tried adding fat to my carbs last summer and felt that it made the meal easy to overeat. Plus for some reason it is difficult for me to digest a lot of fat and as a runner high fat doesn't sit too well in my stomach on the runs. I think it may be different for everyone...

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67871ef2326f29da48f1522827fc0f80

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on June 28, 2013
at 01:16 PM

I'm wondering since you mention potatoes and didn't specify sweet potatoes, have you tried them? They will almost surely 'stick with you' better.

Also, I'm not sure what you're eating with them when you try. Are you eating a few ounces of protein and a tablespoon of fat with that meal? I make sure that I eat about 3/4 of a meal as veg (like chard, kale, whatever). That's 'bulk' and normally where I put the fat (as 'dressing,' which is because they were cooked in coconut oil or have EVOO drizzled over).

Basically, I'm thinking you may not be eating enough.

2c24b5d535ab1322e037099d023039f4

on June 29, 2013
at 01:46 AM

In a meal I try to get a portion of protein and fat along with the carb (usually in the form of potatoes, but now that may change to oatmeal more often). Plus lots of raw vegetables--believe me, I love my vegetables!! :) Sweet potatoes actually don't stick to me as much--it reminds me of how I feel with fruit, like it tastes sweet and delicious but not too filling.

67871ef2326f29da48f1522827fc0f80

(704)

on June 30, 2013
at 02:08 PM

Okay, cool. I can't do much raw veg cos I'm Celiac and other AI but sweet potatoes, I can barely eat a few ounces where if I were to eat white potato (it's a nightshade, with AI, you avoid those) -- which I love -- I can eat one of those massive football size ones without blinking. Every 'body' is different, though.

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