Why you NEED oat bran in your diet.


I started the Dukan diet back in March. Hey, we've all been there; you overindulge during the holidays and then make that New Year's resolution to hit the gym or go on  a diet. For those of you that haven't heard of the diet, here's a little summary: It's a 4 stage diet with an "Attack", "Cruise", "Consolidation" and "Stabilization" phase. Oooooh, sounds fun already, with those Mission Impossible like names- "Sir, target has been acquired. We have achieved consolidation. We finally fit into our skinny jeans - I repeat, we FINALLY fit into our skinny jeans!" 

One of the main things that Dr. Dukan talks about is the importance of oat bran. After eating oat bran every day for 3 months you'd think I'd be tired of it, but I'm not. I love it, and here's why:
It honestly is delicious. 

There's so much you can do with it: Bread, cookies, muffins, pancakes, and my personal favorite, oatmeal. I'm not a great baker so the easiest way to eat it in the morning is to heat it up on high flame with water, add some skim milk and voila! (The fruit and nuts don't magically appear, you buy those.)

Yum...

I get super creative with my oatmeal, and you can too! Add cinnamon, vanilla, orange, banana or strawberry essence or even sugar free maple syrup (I went a little overboard at the condiments aisle of the supermarket). Also, I use a sugar free substitute like sugar free Natura for a low calorie, healthy and yummy breakfast.

Please sir, can I have some more?

My favorite brand is this one, right here, Hodgson Mill: 

In my opinion, it's much better than Quaker's because it's got a little crunch to it. 

What does oat bran have to do with science?
Well, its soluble fiber absorbs water and does this cool thing:
It makes this gel like substance. If you eat 2 spoons of oat bran a day, like I do, you'd form a ball that's little more than a pound in your stomach. This leaves you feeling full and happy. YAY!

How does it slow down the sugar absorption process?
As well as reducing cholesterol, and reducing the risks of different types of cancer, the gel like stuff it forms with water also passes through gastric acid, bile and pancreatic juices, turns the bolus into pulp - into elementary chains, fatty acids, amino acids and glucose. It removes calories from the body by absorption of dietary fat, while keeping your blood sugar low and stable. Phew.

What about calories?
If you're counting your calories (which I personally hate doing, but is still really effective in losing weight), no worries, 40 grams of oat bran contains 120 calories, 23 grams of carb, and 6 grams of fiber. 

Why can't we just eat oatmeal then? What's this oat "bran" nonsense?
The bran is the outer husk or layer of the oat grain. It contains 50% more fiber than oatmeal and is more effective at reducing cholesterol and helping digestion. It has more protein, calcium, iron, thiamin, phosphorus, riboflavin, magnesium and zinc. Basically, they're both good for you, but this is just way better.

So that's my oat bran obsession. You can pick some up at Lulu's, Waitrose, Carrefour or organic stores. Sometimes it isn't stocked which is a bit annoying and the only downside to having oat bran. 

I personally feel that with obesity levels at an all time high in Dubai, people need to make small but effective changes in their diet. A simple change to oat bran in the morning (or even evening, I like my breakfast foods late at night for some odd reason) would really make a difference.

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These images don't belong to me. They're from Google or the Dukan diet website. http://www.dukandiet.co.uk/en/336-dukan-coaching/the-dukan-method.html

1 comment

  1. Hi Savannah

    Thanks for this entertaining & informative post. I had little idea of the nutritive value of oat bran, although I bought it the other day out of sheer boredom of usual weetabix for breakfast! Today I made those muffins with applesauce recipe at the back of the Hodgson pack. Yummy scrummy!! I sense oat bran will soon be replacing those weetabix packs!

    Until the next healthy breakfast cereal...wish you all best with your blogging

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