Oatmeal vs Eggs – the protein battle

Remember how much faith I lost in my fitness instructor after he suggested I switch oatmeal for eggs for breakfast in How much protein do I need per day?

Well, the reason he had for suggesting eggs instead of oatmeal was because he though I wasn’t getting protein frequently enough.

Well, after having read Brad Pilons book How Much Protein? – The Shocking Answer to the Question “How Much Protein do I need to Build Muscle?” I decided to take a closer a look at how much protein there is in eggs and how much protein there is in oatmeal.

So I headed over to NutritionData and found the following to use for my protein comparison.

Cereals, oats, regular and quick and instant, not fortified, dry [oatmeal, old-fashioned oats, rolled oats]

Egg, whole, raw, fresh

Protein in oatmeal

There’s 11 grams of protein per serving – and in this case the serving size of 81 grams is actually close to what I eat in the morning – Just weighed my oatmeal and my serving size is 96 grams.

So I’m getting close to 13 grams of protein in my oatmeal in the morning.

Protein in eggs

So how does eggs compare to oatmeal, because, there must be large amounts of protein in eggs since my instructor was so insisting on switching oatmeal for eggs.

I looked at the serving size Large because that was the middle size. A large egg is 50 grams and I can now answer the question ”how much protein in an egg?”

6 grams according to NutritionData.

So 2 eggs – or 100 grams of egg – contains 13 grams of protein – same amount as my oh-so-forbidden oatmeal.

I also looked at

Egg, whole, cooked, hard-boiled

For some weird reason hard-boiled eggs don’t come in sizes ;-) – but there’s still 13 grams of protein per 100 grams of egg.

So it seems that the ”oh my god, you’re starving yourself of protein”-oatmeal contain the exact same amount of protein as 2 large eggs.