Q. Which is better for breakfast—eggs or oatmeal?

A. Both eggs and oatmeal are great breakfast choices, says Cooper Clinic dietitian Jennifer Neily, R.D. “I love oatmeal because ¾ cup of the dry oats provides 3 grams of soluble oat fiber needed for cholesterol-lowering. If you’re trying to lower your LDL cholesterol, oat fiber is a daily requirement. And even if cholesterol isn’t an issue, switching it up is still a good idea.”

Neily adds that “there’s also something about a hot breakfast that gives a ‘stick to the ribs’ feeling and is very satiating for most people.” For some extra protein, she advises, make it with nonfat or 1% milk or vanilla soymilk instead of water. “Throw in some frozen berries and you've got a great breakfast.”

As for eggs, they’re an excellent source of protein that makes for a solid breakfast, says Neily. Research has also shown that protein can help keep you fuller, since protein takes longer to digest. Try putting one whole egg and a couple of egg whites in a small bowl and microwaving on medium power until fluffy, about 1 minute. Put the eggs on a whole-grain English muffin, add a piece of cooked Canadian bacon and a slice of 2% cheese, and you've got an easy breakfast sandwich, she suggests. Add a piece of fruit for extra fiber.


Both are great choices. Eat them in every variation you can think of. You'll enjoy the variety and your body will too!


05/20/2016 - 3:54am

one isn't better than the other... eat both, good carb source with a good protein source--you should be eating 10-15g of protein for every meal no matter what. These foods compliment each other. IF you only can eat one for some where reason eat eggs but plain oatmeal with eggs is the right option.


05/05/2016 - 4:55pm

If someone says oatmeal is bad for you, 9 times out of 10 they don't know what they are talking about. Fiber is a carbohydrate. A low carb diet can cause harm to your digestion as well as promote high cholesterol and vitamin deficiency. Similarly a low fat diet can lead to serious hormonal problems as well. The best diet is a balanced diet of carbs, fats, and protein. The best way I've found is to clean your diet of processed foods, manage portion sizes, and educate yourself on the nutritional profile of basic foods. I've read too many articles or comments that say foods like sweet potatoes or beets are bad for you because they have starch. The starch isn't making you fat, it is you eating more energy then your body requires making you fat.

IN regards to the article, a good breakfast in my opinion would be 3 whole eggs, a 1/2 cup of oat meal, and 2 slices of Canadian bacon. You've got the healthy carbs and fiber from the oatmeal, healthy fats. nutrients, and good cholesterol from the egg yolk, and clean protein from bacon and egg white. To top it off that meal alone is only 400 calories. 210 from the eggs, 150 from the oatmeal, and 40 from the bacon. If you don't like oatmeal, substitute it with black beans or skillet potatoes or Greek Yogurt & fruit.


09/13/2015 - 1:53pm

Why not add an egg white to the oatmeal?


04/13/2015 - 12:00pm

Oatmeal and a lot of high fiber grains are thought that the carbohydrates in grains high starchy vegetables and sugars are uniquely fattening because they cause your body to release insulin, whish is the king of all hormones for socking away fat. Meanwhile, the fruit and high-fructose corn syrup raises triglycerides. That is why bacon and eggs are better for you that oatmeal for breakfast. If you want to loose weight, high fat, low-carb diet is healthier. Take whole milk, it is better for you, because your body needs the fat in the milk to break down the A & D vitamins. From Alabama


10/19/2014 - 5:56pm

doesn't answer the question!!!


04/13/2014 - 10:50am

Why would a personal trainer tell me to eat eggs and bacon over oatmeal?


09/26/2013 - 6:11am

Oatmeal over Eggs, not in Texas....


04/04/2013 - 8:38am

Obviously, both are great breakfast choices but most people in the know would have to choose oatmeal over eggs because of the many healthy variations that can be made such as bananas and walnuts, apples and raisins, or even blueberries and yogurt can added, yum! So what do think of that, Nessie. Love D


12/29/2012 - 12:20pm

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