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Weight management

Oats are a rich source of fibre and, like other wholegrains, they release their energy slowly and steadily. This may help increase satiety, which in turn helps maintain a ‘full feeling’ for longer (1,2,3).

The British Dietetic Association (BDA) states:

‘Wholegrains are usually low in fat but rich in fibre and starchy carbohydrate; they often have a low glycaemic index (GI). This means they provide a slow release of carbohydrate into the blood which, together with fibre content, may help keep you feeling fuller for longer – aiding to control snacking and appetite’ (4).

Ultimately, however, further research is needed to help increase understanding in this area.




1. Beck E, et al. Oat beta-glucan increases postprandial cholecystokinin levels, decreases insulin response and extends subjective satiety in overweight subjects. Mol Nutr Food Res. 2009;53:1343-1351.

2. Salas-Salvado´ J, et al. Effect of two doses of a mixture of soluble fibres on body weight and metabolic variables in overweight or obese patients: a randomised trial. Br J Nutr. 2008; 99:1380–1387.


3. Malkki Y, Virtanen E. Gastrointestinal effects of oat bran and oat gum: A review. LWT - Food Science & Technology. 2001;34:337-347.

4. BDA. Wholegrains Food Fact Sheet. 2016. Accessed in February 2019.

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