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How Many Calories Do Oats Contain?

by
author image Maria Christensen
Since 1997, Maria Christensen has written about business, history, food, culture and travel for diverse publications, including the "Savannah Morning News" and "Art Voices Magazine." She authored a guidebook to Seattle and works as the business team lead for a software company. Christensen studied communications at the University of Washington and history at Armstrong Atlantic State University.
How Many Calories Do Oats Contain?
Oatmeal for breakfast is a heart-healthy choice. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images

Heart-healthy oats are tasty in cookies, but they offer greater health benefits as oatmeal for your breakfast. Rolled oats cook quickly, but be careful of pre-packaged varieties if you're watching your sugar intake. Steel-cut oats are cut into small pieces rather than rolled and have a crunchier texture.

Calories

A serving of rolled oats contains 150 calories and 3 g of fat. A serving of steel-cut oats also holds 150 calories and has 2.5 g of fat. One serving is 1/4 cup of dried oats, before cooking with water. Adding ½ cup of skim milk to your oatmeal adds 40 calories.

Nutrition

The nutritional profiles of both rolled oats and steel-cut oats are very similar. Both contain 4 g of fiber and 5 g of protein. You can get 15 percent of your recommended daily calcium intake by adding ½ cup of skim milk.

Health

Oats are a good source of soluble fiber, which helps to lower cholesterol levels in the blood. A diet high in fiber can help prevent heart disease and diabetes.

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