A cardiologist has sparked controversy on TikTok for claiming oatmeal has ‘no nutritional value’ and ‘is just propaganda.’
Dr Jack Wolfson, who practices in Arizona and goes by the Natural Heart Doctor on social media, posted a video earlier this month about why he never recommends eating oatmeal – known as porridge in the UK.
The video, which has gained more than 4.6 million views, received backlash from numerous doctors and dietitians who claimed Dr Wolfson is spreading misinformation and ignoring oatmeal’s health benefits.
“As a cardiologist, I never recommend eating oatmeal, certainly not every day as so many people do,” he told his 448,000 followers.
“Our ancestors did not eat oatmeal. Neither should you.”
Dr Wolfson went on to say oatmeal has ‘no nutritional value’ and ‘contains a lot of anti-nutrients’ but did not provide any examples. Instead, he urged viewers to opt for eggs at breakfast rather than oats.
However, oatmeal is high in fibre and several minerals, which have been shown to ward off chronic health issues like diabetes.
DailyMail.com reached out to Dr Wolfson’s team, but did not receive a response.
“There’s been a lot of propaganda over the years about the benefits of oatmeal, and I think all of that really is just from the support of industry – Nabisco, Quaker Oats, Kellogg’s – about promoting us to eat oatmeal and oatmeal over eggs,” Dr Wolfson said.
Dr Wolfson specifically said people should eat eggs instead of oatmeal. Eggs are rich in vitamins A, B5, B12, D and E, as well as vital nutrients like calcium and protein.
“An egg is a cocoon for a baby chicken. An egg contains all the nutrients, the vitamins, the minerals, the fats, the proteins, that a chicken needs to come to life.
“You can’t raise a chicken on oatmeal. You can’t raise a healthy human on oatmeal,” Dr Wolfson continued.
However, experts criticising him said there’s no reason to have to choose between eggs and oatmeal.
Dr Siyab Panhwar, a cardiologist at NYU Langone in New York City, posted a response to Dr Wolfson’s video with a caption urging users not to “listen to alternative health influencers on social media for health advice”.
“I’m a board-certified cardiologist here to tell you that that is garbage,” he said.
“Nobody should be listening to this person for any sort of cardiac or health advice whatsoever.”
He pointed to studies that have shown oatmeal can have lasting heart health benefits, such as lowering cholesterol and controlling blood sugar.
A review in the journal Frontiers in Pharmacology found antioxidants in oats could lower blood pressure by producing more nitric oxide gas. This helps widen blood vessels, leading to better blood flow.
Abbey Sharp, a dietitian and content creator, responded on TikTok to a video Dr Wolfson made last year with the same statements regarding oatmeal’s health benefits.
“Oats are actually rich in a unique antioxidant (avenanthramide) that may actually reduce blood pressure and is a prime source of the fiber beta glucan, which has been shown to reduce bad cholesterol levels, slow the insulin response, and support feelings of fullness.
“So not only are oats clearly not bad for heart health, they’ve actually been proven… to be quite good.
“Here’s a crazy idea: why not have eggs, coffee, and oats for breakfast? That right there would be a balanced heart-healthy meal,” Ms Sharp said. – Daily Mail.