Might Want to Think Twice Before Eating Oatmeal

Is oatmeal good for you or not? Find out.


0:00 Introduction: Is oatmeal healthy?
1:17 New information on oatmeal
7:00 Is eating breakfast healthy?
7:17 Learn more about the benefits of skipping breakfast!

Is oatmeal bad for you? Let’s talk about it.

The small packets of flavored oatmeal contain a lot of sugar, and even though they may be marketed as healthy—they’re not.

But what about unsweetened oatmeal?

Here are three things you might not know about unsweetened oatmeal:
1. Certain studies show a significant improvement in blood sugar and cholesterol. However, the control in one of these studies is white bread. The study also only showed an improvement in blood sugar right after the meal.

Part of the study referring to cholesterol was only on consuming beta-glucan, which is an isolated compound in oatmeal. In a different study, the participants all had diabetes, and they didn’t see a change in their blood glucose levels.

2. Oats contain a type of gluten called avenin. This protein has been known to increase cytokines.

3. Oat products have often been treated with glyphosate. The World Health Organization classifies glyphosate as a carcinogen.

It may be beneficial to skip breakfast altogether and give intermittent fasting a try. If you do consume breakfast, eggs would be a healthier choice than oatmeal.

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, age 57, is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals®. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.

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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full-time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, prescription, or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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  1. mzlady grinn on April 14, 2023 at 10:14 am

    If we’ve learned anything during these last 3 years,
    It’s that they(big corporations) lie repeatedly,
    All the time!
    I am very cautious as to what I believe in the words sent out by these companies.
    Thank you, Dr Berg!
    We always can count on you for more factual information!
    And yeah IF is good for me.
    I’m an early riser, but my first meal is between 2-3pm.

    • IsThat ATesla on April 14, 2023 at 10:53 am

      Good for you!

    • mzlady grinn on April 14, 2023 at 4:08 pm

      @IsThat ATesla
      Thank you,
      Sometimes 3pm for first meal is difficult,
      But I’m generally 19-20 hours fasting.
      Staying busy with chores to distract myself is the only way I can push thru.
      I have a garden, and 9 chickens.
      Between them, and doing catch-up work from being down with recovery from shoulder replacement, for 7- 8 months, there is plenty to do, to keep me distracted!
      The key is always keep trying to find what works for us.
      There are so many approaches to take with fasting.
      It’s definitely not a
      “one size fits all” kind of deal!

  2. Patrick Hastings on April 14, 2023 at 10:16 am

    I used to eat oatmeal for many years. After getting rid of flour, corn, beans, grains, and oatmeal, I noticed the inflammation in my hands and face decreased significantly!

    • neil price on April 14, 2023 at 2:35 pm

      ​@Dr. Eric Berg DC you view on pinto beans good or bad?

    • Briana on April 14, 2023 at 3:30 pm

      Hmm my four month old has eczema and not I’m nervous to even start her on solids. Rice ceral being the main thing babies start with. 🥹

    • Shabby on April 14, 2023 at 3:44 pm

      @Pat Risberg yes I used homemade herbal teas

    • George Ispas on April 14, 2023 at 4:48 pm

      yes is called placebo:))😂

    • I am Phoenix on April 14, 2023 at 5:13 pm

      ​@Dr. Eric Berg DC Have you done any vidoes on dry skin? I keep getting dry skin ONLY on my right hand and getting worse each time it comes back. Have over 30 little cuts on that hand now 🥴

  3. J OTowner on April 14, 2023 at 10:19 am

    At this point it would be easier to have a list of foods that you believe are safe to eat (for now), because it would be a short list indeed!

    • Ed on April 14, 2023 at 1:45 pm

      Water should be okay!

    • Happyapple42 on April 14, 2023 at 3:21 pm

      Meat and fat. Thats all you should be eating.

    • Denis S. on April 14, 2023 at 4:16 pm

      Basically what you should eat IS food, and what you shouldn’t eat is not.

    • mzlady grinn on April 14, 2023 at 4:25 pm

      A few different veggies, and that’s it.
      I’m an 3-4 egg omelette with cheese, side of cottage cheese.
      Chicken salad with 1/2 avocado mashed into it,stirred in with maybe a tablespoon(or less) of mayo.
      The avocado with just a tadbit of mayo, with onion powder, garlic, salt & pepper.
      I also do tuna fish, the same way as chicken salad.
      Eat as is, forgo the bread.
      I eat fermented carrots & onions,
      Homemade yogurt.
      Sometimes snack on avocado by itself.
      Pecans (tree in my yard),
      And pistachios. No tree, but wish I had one!!
      All those are regular items in my diet.

    • Kara Taranto on April 14, 2023 at 4:40 pm

      @Ed No! Water is contaminated like everything else… lol

  4. Sofia Miliaressis on April 14, 2023 at 10:24 am

    I used to eat a lot of oaty foods but have cut eating oats & carbs dramatically because l am dealing with Hashimoto thyroiditis. I am shocked to hear about the crazy use of glysophate weed killer. It’s insane!

  5. Mark DA_Shark on April 14, 2023 at 10:49 am

    Ok , I’m officially done eating food , thanks Dr berg for giving me anxiety about everything except water and eggs .

    • Dr. Jayne West on April 14, 2023 at 5:16 pm

      exactly one dr tells you its good one its bad wtf. is water still ok to drink ?

    • I💟crafting on April 14, 2023 at 5:29 pm

      ​@Mark DA_Shark 🤣😂🤣😂 You got me rolling on the floor😂

    • karlovacgrad on April 14, 2023 at 5:39 pm

      agreed….if you listen to this guy you won’t eat anything…..of course unless you do his KETO or buy his products…..

    • KMonteloGoogle on April 14, 2023 at 6:16 pm

      I totally get it. I’m so frustrated figuring out what I can eat and what approach I should take to lose weight these days.

  6. josh3326 on April 14, 2023 at 11:09 am

    I’ve eaten oatmeal since 13 or 14. I’m 49 now. No health issues and all the labs work come back great. I’m fit and healthy. I’ve eaten Quaker Oates every single day, even camping, or traveling, oatmeal has been part of my breakfast for decades. My grandmother who passed at 94 ate it every day since a child. She worked till she was 80. So I guess oatmeal should be skipped? Nope. I’m not changing up a thing. Most people around me at my age I know, suffer from may health related issues. In the last 3 yrs, I have switched to Red Mill brand. Much better than Quaker.

    • zardozmania on April 14, 2023 at 5:14 pm

      Not everyone is good with oatmeal. I had to stop eating it because it gave me heart burn and slight stomach upset.

    • David Rodriguez on April 14, 2023 at 5:16 pm

      Agreed . If you talk to heart surgeons a lot eat oatmeal and recommend it. Just eat the best organic you can find.I don’t eat it everyday. But 3-4 times a week

    • David Graña on April 14, 2023 at 5:17 pm

      So? you probably have a healthy lifestyle and eat very healthy, it doesn’t mean Oatmeal is good for you, you’ll probably feel even better if you remove it from your diet.

    • Sabre on April 14, 2023 at 5:30 pm

      Nope! Not giving up oats! I can eat them any time of day, very hearty and healthy.

    • sgg17003 on April 14, 2023 at 5:55 pm

      ​@Bill Bigshlong His brain isn’t, either.

  7. V Labar Productions on April 14, 2023 at 11:33 am

    3 days a week I eat oatmeal. I put some walnuts, cinnamon, chia, flax and a teaspoon of raw honey in it. I feel great. It’s the only grain I eat.

    • SacredLove on April 14, 2023 at 6:03 pm

      Same ! Sometimes I replace the honey with dates

    • Elizabeth Tencer on April 14, 2023 at 6:16 pm

      It’s what you add to it makes you healthy. If you eat oats grown in N. America you also eat glyphosite used for dessication of all grains and pulses as well as flax. 15 countries banned this poison but here we love Bayer Mosanto so much And there is no talk about ending this process.!

  8. Steve Boehlke on April 14, 2023 at 11:53 am

    Almost 2 years ago I switched out my morning bowl of frosted mini wheat for 1 cup of plain instant oatmeal with frozen blueberries for sweetness. Went from 203 to 180. I changed nothing else in my diet. Im 52 now. Cholesterol went down like crazy too. I’m staying with my oatmeal for life

    • Kay Farquar on April 14, 2023 at 2:43 pm

      No more frosted mini wheats. That’s a help.

    • Aaron King on April 14, 2023 at 2:50 pm

      @Jeffrey Johnson BMI is a load of crap in many cases too! I’m 5’11” 227 pounds, but that’s also mostly muscle. I can say I’M not unhealthy, despite wanting to drop a few sizes around the waist.

    • Robert Fairweather Band on April 14, 2023 at 2:55 pm

      Wait until you approach 60….

    • Steve Boehlke on April 14, 2023 at 3:20 pm

      ​@Nicole White it’s all I did. That 1 cup of instant oatmeal reduced my cravings from day 1, which made me eat less throughout my day. I still eat burgers, fries, lasagna, but because of the oatmeal, throughout the day I eat less calories without me actually trying to eat less calories. I lost those 23lbs in the 1st 6 months and weight hasn’t changed since then almost 2 years I to this 1 diet change

    • avidtraveler on April 14, 2023 at 3:40 pm

      If it works then why change it, right? My grandma died in her sleep at 98 and she ate steel-cut or rolled oats for breakfast a couple days a week. She ate carbs too like rice and potatoes in moderation. she was generally healthy all her life. No major health issues.🤔 I have to say though that she rarely ate fast foods. I would say her diet is similar to mediterranean diet.

  9. Christina on April 14, 2023 at 12:00 pm

    My uncle was over the other day and we were talking about his health and how bad it is. I told him about healthy Keto. He said he was always baffled by how Grandpa could eat eggs and bacon and sausage every morning and had perfect cholesterol, and Grandma are oatmeal every morning and her cholesterol was through the roof. Makes sense now. Thank you!

    • your connection on April 14, 2023 at 5:07 pm

      ​@dave u Deepak Chopra said we can actually change our genes.

    • dave u on April 14, 2023 at 5:22 pm

      @your connection just because he said it doesn’t mean anything.

    • Andrew Biller on April 14, 2023 at 6:16 pm

      @your connection that’s epigenetics and has a lot evidence of this

  10. sobbo123 on April 14, 2023 at 12:03 pm

    I like the unprocessed oatmeal from costco that’s high in protein. I notice my skin is nicer and more hydrated as well. It’s also easy to load toppings onto. Eating the sugary instant oatmeal brands was a huge mistake growing up sadly.

  11. Jonty on April 14, 2023 at 12:26 pm

    Hi Dr Berg. I eat large organic flat oats, every day. And I never tire from them, as I accompany the oats with different fruit.
    My LDLs are twice that of my HDLs so I’m avoiding cholesterol rich foods, such as eggs.
    I hope your data hasn’t come from the same people, telling us to avoid saturated fats and red meat. Listening to them, we’d all be eating bugs.

    • Bruce Young on April 14, 2023 at 5:03 pm

      @habib mate curious, what makes you think eggs hurt your digestion?
      Keto for 4 years went carnivore 2 years ago. I eat 4 eggs everyday.
      My digestion is perfect without any fiber. I hope you find what works for you .

    • Stephen Williams on April 14, 2023 at 5:32 pm

      @habib mate Can you provide any evidence of that? I have never seen any research showing that. The only argument I have heard is that eggs have no fibre and fibre helps feed the microbiome. Interestingly though, there now is published work showing people on carnivore diets have a very diverse microbiome.

    • Lisa Harper on April 14, 2023 at 5:41 pm

      @Jonty I’m aware of this..many though don’t

    • Jonty on April 14, 2023 at 6:36 pm

      @Lisa Harper
      Yeah, it would be great if we could somehow make bodies produce more HDLs instead of LDLs.🤔

  12. Stephen on April 14, 2023 at 12:55 pm

    So much knowledge and wonderful advice on this channel, but I won’t be ceasing my daily bowl of oatmeal.
    Every morning I eat organic oats with almond milk, blueberries, walnuts and dark chocolate 🤤

    • Diana Simplifies on April 14, 2023 at 1:33 pm

      Sounds yummy! I put peanut butter on mine. Fills me up for hours.

    • Gamers Reactions on April 14, 2023 at 6:24 pm

      My combo is 100g Oatmeal, 40g Blueberries, 100g Skyr (Cranberry), 150g Milk, 15g Walnuts. Actual God combo

  13. Frank Taylor on April 14, 2023 at 1:05 pm

    Well, steel cut oats was such an improvement from the massive horror of a diet I had before them, my health got a lot better. I also cut out straight sugar and corn syrups which were my main problem. I tended to stop eating by 2-3 pm most days in those times that that in of itself may have been the main improvement.

  14. DearTaneshia on April 14, 2023 at 1:10 pm

    Thanks for this video Dr. Berg. I’ve been missing oatmeal and this is just the push I needed to snap out of it.

  15. Sherri Ballard on April 14, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    I eat organic steel cut oats once per week. Topped with lots of warmed blueberries, unsweetened coconut, flax, chia, pecans, almond slices, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, cinnamon, sometimes hemp seeds or walnuts, and a few chocolate chips. A banana on the side. Delicious! Every Saturday morning…off to make it!

    • diane hall on April 14, 2023 at 5:30 pm

      Sheri Ballard- I’m with you. I buy organic rolled and steel cut oats. I sometimes soak them overnight in organic unsweetened plain yogurt.
      I don’t eat a lot of oats, but I like to have them in my cupboard. I realize there are a many Keto foods out there, which I will explore. I tend not to eat breakfast every day and would be too depressed if I had to give up everything I was raised on in New England. A few favorites come in a healthy form and go far to improve my overall mood, especially in winter. ~ Diane

  16. Pratap S on April 14, 2023 at 1:47 pm

    Following you for the last several years and even sharing with lots of friends back in India.
    I have made a significant life style change and I see a huge difference in how I feel about myself.
    Thank you Dr. for being there for us.

    • mzlady grinn on April 14, 2023 at 4:12 pm

      It’s always good to see people progressing into a better lifestyle!

  17. Cyborkirk on April 14, 2023 at 4:05 pm

    I found that barley was much better on the glycemic index, a much less spike on my glucose than oats. Barley has a glycemic index of ~30, while whole oats is around 55 GI. Barley has similar texture and tastes great. Worth a try if you’re someone that eats grains as a part of your breakfast.

  18. TheSpock23 on April 14, 2023 at 4:49 pm

    I eat oatmeal for breakfast about 4 days a week. I add some ground flaxseed, chopped walnuts, raisins, Ceylon cinnamon and small amount of raw honey. Usually follow this up with a handful of raw pumpkin seeds, a banana and a cup of coffee (no sugar). Works for me.

  19. Dee Dee on April 14, 2023 at 6:09 pm

    Hi Eric, i’m based in the UK. First off, I would like to say thank you, I have learnt so much from your videos. In January 23, I decided to go to my Dr, and ask if I could get my blood sugars done. I did the HBA1C which tests a range of things. My blood sugars was ok, but my cholesterol was high 7.1. I was shocked, even though I knew I had been eating a lot of rubbish for a while. I’m not that much over weight, but my stomach is big. Straight away I decided to walk more, and cut all the crap that makes cholesterol high. I took on the foods that are good for cholesterol, fibre, more veg, fruit, nuts eggs, oats etc. I make a very nice porridge, I buy oats with added wheat-bran, and when cooking I add, cinnamon, nutmeg powder. and a touch of sea-salt. Sometimes I grater a pear inside, and then when done, I pour over a sliced banana, ( don’t always use banana, as sweet) I then add some blueberries on top, as well as milled flaxseeds. I have porridge around 3/4 times a week. I didn’t know if I was doing things right, as some times I eat maybe to much nuts, and apparently your supposed to eat maybe just a handful. Anyway this week, I did a lipids test and guess what, my cholesterol is now 4.7….I’m proud of myself to take it down to that level in just 3 months. The oats didn’t make my cholesterol high. Thanks again Eric.

  20. Zu Zu🎏 on April 14, 2023 at 6:21 pm

    I actually only recently started eating oatmeal and it makes me super happy! I‘m trying out different new types of food to improve my gut health and energy levels. Some things I love are big, colorful salads with protein on top. My oatmeals I like with some rice milk, cinnamon, leave in the fridge overnight and top it up with fresh berries or fresh fruit in the morning. Have a small portion of that for lunch to break my fast, I love it personally!

    I think it‘s very important though to get a good quality oatmeal, I get mine from the local „Bio-store“.

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