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I'm trying to keep to a low fat diet, but sometimes I just need to have a hearty bowl of oatmeal to start my day. It just turns me off a lil' that it has 3g of fat in a lil' 1/2 cup serving. I'm trying to justify that it's okay to have because it's a healthy fat, so can anyone set me at ease? lol What kind of fat is it and is it the "good" kind? (I'm talking Quaker old fashioned rolled oats, if that makes a difference.)

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it's healthy fat

What is your goal in terms of "low-fat"?  3 grams of fat is not going to kill you unless you have a really strong medical need to keep your fat miniscule.

The fats in Oats are indeed "essential fatty acids" and good for you and part of a healthy, balanced diet. 

Food is not the enemy -- don't obsess too much about the macronutrients.  As long as you are eating "real food" in reasonable quantities and moving a reasonable amount your health will benefit.  Oats certainly qualify as "real food" in my book.

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Why are you concerend about a measly 3 grams of fat? You definitely need more grams of fat than that in a day in order to keep a healthy diet so how is the bit of healthy fat in oatmeal bad at all? Also, low fat doesn't necessarily mean healthy-many foods are not fat but filled with random processed ingredients and sugar and sodium instead. Just make sure you avoid too much saturated fat, don't avoid oatmeal. Its such a healthy food!

1/2 cup oatmeal is a lot of oatmeal if you add a lot of water, it can be a huge bowl-full!  3 grams of fat is very little!  Especially for that much food!  I've been eating oatmeal by the bucket load recently and am 6 pounds from my goal weight...have lost 4 pounds in the past week.

I wasn't posting to be questioned. I was ASKING a question on what kind of (healthy) fat was in oatmeal. I never said I didn't eat any other fat throughout the day. Add in other healthy foods like nuts, avocado, flax, olive oil, fish, chicken, etc... the fat really adds up... healthy or not. I'm only allowed 1,400-1,500, and I try not to exceed 20%.

Please, fat in oatmeal being bad?

Hmm... I wonder why it's suggested for lower cholestorol in heart patients...

OATMEAL IS NOT BAD.

In response to your specific question of what kind of fat is in oatmeal, oatmeal contains a small amount of saturated fat as well as a small amount of unsaturated fat.  No transfats, though.

You start taking the train to crazytown if you worry about that little bit of fat, but that's your call.  :)

Here are the nutritional facts in oatmeal.
The fat breakdown is listed in the third box.

That's instant oatmeal, though - and while they manage to get rid of the saturated fat in instant, the fiber benefits are reduced and they add sugars and sodium.  :/

I think a lot of people may have been confused by your statement of trying to follow a low fat diet.  I think you may have meant trying to follow a diet low in saturated fat and trans fat the ones that are bad for your cardiovascular system.  I say this cause you said you eat almonds and avacados.  Have no worries the fat in oatmeal is something like 2.5 unsaturated and .5 saturated.  No trans fat!  So it is all good, your body likes about 40-60 grams of unsaturated fats ;).

I appreciate the people who actually answered my question and not passed a judgmental statement about my diet along with it. So thank you to those. Smile

I would NOT be worried ONE bit about the fat content in oatmeal! It's what you add to it that REALLY counts... and if you buy the pre-flavored type then you should worry about the fat. 

Simply buy plain oatmeal and add healthy ingredients... these ingredients could include: 

- Pureed Pumpkin & Cinnamon & Stevia 

- Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cloves & Stevia 

- Fruit of all types 

- Flaxseeds or Hempseeds (these are very fatty but EXTREMELY healthy for you!) 

- Chopped Nuts (same as hempseeds & flax in terms of fat)

*While I can see you're on a low-fat diet, I don't want you to be afraid of ALL fat because you need some fat to survive! Plus, eating plain vegetables without any fat means you do not absorb any of the nutrients found in them! So please, eat your oatmeal without guilt!!! You are doing your body some good!!!

Original Post by ezzied:

I appreciate the people who actually answered my question and not passed a judgmental statement about my diet along with it. So thank you to those. Smile

I hear you.  :)  It makes me stabby when I ask a nutritional question and I get every kind of answer except an answer to my question.  So many people get invested in WHY the question is asked...  I just don't believe you can know why people are asking questions any more than I can know why some people answer the way they do.  I just know i've given up on asking.

Original Post by modifiedme:

I hear you. :) It makes me stabby when I ask a nutritional question and I get every kind of answer except an answer to my question. So many people get invested in WHY the question is asked... I just don't believe you can know why people are asking questions any more than I can know why some people answer the way they do. I just know i've given up on asking.

Frown It's really sad to feel that way, isn't it? But unfortunately it is the truth. There's nothing worse than answering a question with another question, and being judgmental right off the bat without having any facts first. But I guess it's human nature. *sigh* Boy, are we flawed! lol

Original Post by giasbash6260:

I would NOT be worried ONE bit about the fat content in oatmeal! It's what you add to it that REALLY counts... and if you buy the pre-flavored type then you should worry about the fat.

Simply buy plain oatmeal and add healthy ingredients... these ingredients could include:

- Pureed Pumpkin & Cinnamon & Stevia

- Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cloves & Stevia

- Fruit of all types

- Flaxseeds or Hempseeds (these are very fatty but EXTREMELY healthy for you!)

- Chopped Nuts (same as hempseeds & flax in terms of fat)

*While I can see you're on a low-fat diet, I don't want you to be afraid of ALL fat because you need some fat to survive! Plus, eating plain vegetables without any fat means you do not absorb any of the nutrients found in them! So please, eat your oatmeal without guilt!!! You are doing your body some good!!!

The only time I buy the pre-flavored or instant is if I'm going on vacation and need travel foods. (but I must admit, I can't for the life of me recreate that delicious cinnamon roll flavor!) I've tried pumpkin in it before, wasn't too crazy about it. But I LOVE eating canned pumpkin with some peanut butter. OHHH heavenly.. *drools at thought* lmao 100% natural unsweetened cocoa powder is yummy too. But of course with that I gotta add some sorta sweetener in there. haha *breaks into cocoa wheats commercial song*

I've never tried cloves in my oatmeal before though. That's something I might have to try! Not sure I know what cloves taste like.. lol

Original Post by ezzied:

I wasn't posting to be questioned. I was ASKING a question on what kind of (healthy) fat was in oatmeal. I never said I didn't eat any other fat throughout the day. Add in other healthy foods like nuts, avocado, flax, olive oil, fish, chicken, etc... the fat really adds up... healthy or not. I'm only allowed 1,400-1,500, and I try not to exceed 20%.

 Well the reason your post got questioned is because of the way you worded it...you made it sound like you were worried about eating oatmeal because of the 3g of fat, you actually said it "turns you off a lil" of oatmeal and that you're "trying to justify" eating it. Definitely made it sound like you're a bit afraid of oatmeal. But since this is not the case then no worries! just be more careful with your wording for the future!

Original Post by aidancolin:

I think you may have meant trying to follow a diet low in saturated fat and trans fat the ones that are bad for your cardiovascular system. 

 There isn't any decent evidence that saturated fat is bad for your cardiovascular system.

 natural applesauce is also delicious to add to oatmeal :)

Original Post by floggingsully:

Original Post by aidancolin:

I think you may have meant trying to follow a diet low in saturated fat and trans fat the ones that are bad for your cardiovascular system. 

 There isn't any decent evidence that saturated fat is bad for your cardiovascular system.

No there certainly isn't. I don't think mother nature is trying to kill us by putting saturated fat in oatmeal. We have to keep in mind that regardless of the fat sources plant or animal there will always be without exception saturated fat in the mix........that on it's own should make you wonder why it's there.

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