Oats vs Fiber One bars

  1. Advanced Member
    LAGear's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    574
    Rep Power
    359
    Level
    19
    Lv. Percent
    19.02%

    Oats vs Fiber One bars


    I eat steel cut oats most mornings with my protein shake. But I hate making the oats and cleaning up after. It's not a huge PITA but I'm lazy.

    So I'm comparing oats to Fiber One bars and it looks like the bars might be better.

    One serving of oats has 150 calories, 26 grams of carbs and 4 grams of fiber.

    The Fiber One bar has 140 calories, 29 grams of carbs and a whopping 9 grams of fiber.

    If we're after the fiber don't the Fiber One bars win out?

    I notice the first listed ingredient in the bars is chicory root extract. What the heck is that?

  2. New Member
    fitnessbyalex's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Posts
    114
    Rep Power
    113
    Level
    9
    Lv. Percent
    28.72%

    Quote Originally Posted by LAGear View Post
    I eat steel cut oats most mornings with my protein shake. But I hate making the oats and cleaning up after. It's not a huge PITA but I'm lazy.

    So I'm comparing oats to Fiber One bars and it looks like the bars might be better.

    One serving of oats has 150 calories, 26 grams of carbs and 4 grams of fiber.

    The Fiber One bar has 140 calories, 29 grams of carbs and a whopping 9 grams of fiber.

    If we're after the fiber don't the Fiber One bars win out?

    I notice the first listed ingredient in the bars is chicory root extract. What the heck is that?
    I know that virtually the entire fitness community loves oats. I however do not prefer them for several reasons:

    -Phytic acid content (hinders digestion and nutrient absorption)
    -High omega-6 content (conducive to an inflammatory environment)

    If you love oats, or if they work well for you, by all means keep eating them. For digestibility and nutrient profile purposes, I tend to prefer and recommend grits.

    Fiber one bars are "OK." I think that for convenience sake they are acceptable, or for a snack. You would benefit more from eating oats, grits or something like cream of wheat/rice.

    -Alex
  3. Advanced Member
    LAGear's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    574
    Rep Power
    359
    Level
    19
    Lv. Percent
    19.02%

    Quote Originally Posted by fitnessbyalex View Post
    I know that virtually the entire fitness community loves oats. I however do not prefer them for several reasons:

    -Phytic acid content (hinders digestion and nutrient absorption)
    -High omega-6 content (conducive to an inflammatory environment)

    If you love oats, or if they work well for you, by all means keep eating them. For digestibility and nutrient profile purposes, I tend to prefer and recommend grits.

    Fiber one bars are "OK." I think that for convenience sake they are acceptable, or for a snack. You would benefit more from eating oats, grits or something like cream of wheat/rice.

    -Alex
    High omega 6 content? Oats have only 2 grams of fat per serving. Even if it was all omega 6 I wouldn't consider that "high."

    On that note, I laugh at the EFA supplements that brag they have omega 3/6/9 fatty acids. Most people get too much omega 6 and they are bad for you. Some EFA supplements don't tell you how much omega 6 they have. If I had a choice I'd use the EFA supplement with the least omega 6 content.
    •   
       

  4. New Member
    fitnessbyalex's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Posts
    114
    Rep Power
    113
    Level
    9
    Lv. Percent
    28.72%

    Quote Originally Posted by LAGear View Post
    High omega 6 content? Oats have only 2 grams of fat per serving. Even if it was all omega 6 I wouldn't consider that "high."

    On that note, I laugh at the EFA supplements that brag they have omega 3/6/9 fatty acids. Most people get too much omega 6 and they are bad for you. Some EFA supplements don't tell you how much omega 6 they have. If I had a choice I'd use the EFA supplement with the least omega 6 content.
    Most protein sources are inflammatory (omega-6) meaning your already getting enough if not more omega-6 from your protein intake (for bodybuilders, protein intake/meat consumption is high). If your getting a lot of your carbs from oats the extra omega-6 adds up. I was simply making the point that qualitatively, I prefer less inflammatory sources of carbohydrates and my clients tend to look and feel better when they follow these guidelines. It is not something to worry too much about, just make sure you take enough omega-3 to maintain a healthy ratio.

    -Alex

Similar Forum Threads

  1. Titan Bars vs Dymatize Elite Gourmet Protein Bars
    By FitModel in forum Supplements
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 08-31-2011, 08:43 PM
  2. Fiber Damage/fiber Saturation Training
    By datBtrue in forum Training Forum
    Replies: 91
    Last Post: 09-18-2009, 11:58 AM
  3. Fiber One Bars
    By bigpoppapump2 in forum Nutrition / Health
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 05-22-2008, 12:44 PM
  4. Raw Oats vs. Cooked Oats
    By Gumbo in forum Weight Loss
    Replies: 28
    Last Post: 10-19-2006, 11:01 AM
  5. Your brand of Oats, How much fiber they got?
    By ssor1005 in forum Nutrition / Health
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: 03-24-2006, 05:38 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Log in