Food for thought

The low-down on oats.

By July 10, 2019 One Comment

It’s that time of year when the weather is cold, and we start to crave warm, comforting foods. Oats or porridge is a very common winter warming breakfast. Packed full of fibre, they are a great choice to keep us fuller for longer and provide lasting energy.

With that being said, there are healthier and less healthy ways to prepare your morning oats. A lot of my clients like to opt for the sachet variety as they find having the oats pre-portioned and the short cooking time to be more convenient. However, the sugar content can really creep up. Making the meal, higher GI/more likely to spike your blood sugar levels. 

When choosing any type of cereal, it’s best to aim for <10g sugar, >5g fibre and <400mg sodium per 100g. As you can see in table 1, all Uncle Toby’s varieties of quick sachet oats meet the standards for fibre and sodium, however, only the Hi-Fibre or Original varieties meet standards for sugar. 

Another competitor for quick sachets of oats is Carman’s brand. While Carman’s brand is more expensive (an extra $0.83/100g, as per Woolworths prices), across the board they are lower in sugar (see table 2). Ranging from 1.2g/100g in the Almond, Pecan & Hazelnut flavour, to 19g/100g for the Apple, Sultana & Cinnamon. 

Once again, knowledge is power! Make sure you’re checking your labels. If your go-to variety is one of those that are higher in sugar, opt for a lower sugar variety. If you have the time and resources, try cooking plain quick oats or wholegrain rolled oats. Then you can add your own sweeteners (e.g. honey) in small amounts or sweeten naturally with fresh, dried or frozen fruits. 

 

Table 1. Uncle Toby’s Quick Sachet products – All quantities per 100g

Flavour Fibre (g) Sugar (g) Protein (g) Sodium (mg)
Original (same as plain or traditional Uncle Toby’s oats) 9.2 1 12.8 6
Golden Syrup 7.1 23.8 9.1 11
Creamy Honey 6.2 23.2 9.7 31
Creamy Vanilla 6.9 23.6 10.9 21
Brown Sugar & Cinnamon 10.5 21.8 9.5 3
Hi-Fibre 18.3 9.3 10.9 20
Apple & Cinnamon 7.8 22.9 9.8 9

 

Table 2. Carman’s Quick Sachet products – All quantities per 100g

Flavour Fibre (g) Sugar (g) Protein (g) Sodium (mg)
Almond, Pecan & Hazelnut 9.9 1.2 14.2 3
Natural 5 Grain & Super Seed 12.4 1.4 12.6 6
Golden Maple 8.4 10.4 11.8 3
Honey, Vanilla & Cinnamon 11 12 13.4 7
Almond, Coconut & Chia 12.8 6.4 12.1 11
Super Berry & Coconut 9.5 15 12.7 35
Apple, Sultana & Cinnamon 9.1 19 10.5 6
Honey Roasted Nut 12.4 8.8 11.1 9

One Comment

  • Jacob says:

    Fantastic article Sammie! It is very easy to opt for the quick option in the morning, will be having a look at my oats to see if they meet your suggestions!

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