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high fiber oatmeal?


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ok i just have a question, im going to eat them anyway. but i sort of am just nottt in the mood for regular oatmeal even if i put stuff in it right now.

i found quaker high fiber cinnimon swirl oatmeal. 10 grams of fiber. only down side is, it has sugar. do u think its really that bad to hav sugar? i feel like since i dont have anyyy other added sugars at all and wil stay in my calories and the oatmeal has alott of benifits and the fiber etc... then it shud b ok to have just that sugar but idk. im guna eat them cuz i dont want them to go to waste but if they taste really good and help me have better energy for wen i work out after, then i think its worth it. what do u all think?

Edited Mar 16 2011 01:51 by coach_k
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Well you've already made up your mind about eating the oatmeal so I guess it doesn't really matter what anyone else has to say about lol.

Basically all pre-packaged foods have added sugar so that doesn't make this oatmeal any worse than anything else out there. The question is how MUCH sugar is in one of those packets of oatmeal, and how many packets are you having in a sitting? If you're only having one, then chances are the amount of sugar isn't going to be astronomical (certainly no worse than other prepackaged breakfast cereals) so I wouldn't really worry about that.

I like to make my oatmeal from scratch, but I still add some type of sweetener to it (usually raw honey or stevia) because bland unsweetened oatmeal is pretty gross. I used to eat instant oatmeal packets a lot (I grew up on the quaker fruit & cream variety) but as good as they tasted, they were never very filling/satisfying and left a lot to be desired in the health/nutrition department. I make my own mixture of steel cut and whole rolled oats and add whatever nuts/fruits I want. It fills me up WAY more than any instant oatmeal packet ever could. At least the variety you're eating has all that fiber so it may do a better job of keeping you full. If you like the taste and it keeps you satisfied until your next meal/snack and helps you stay on track with your calories then there's definitely nothing wrong with that.

theres nothing wrong with sugar. sugar alone is not some nightmarish weight-gain monster. the problem is when people eat too much sugar, the fact that it does not fill you up and that processed foods with lots of added sugars tend to be lacking in other nutrients.

so yes, of course you "can" eat it, especially if you dont eat anything else with added sugar.

If it has 10 grams of fiber then I guarantee that fiber is coming from sources other then the oatmeal. One serving of oatmeal only yields about 3-5 grams of fiber, so unless you're doubling or tripling the amount you are eating, that fiber is probably coming from inulin or psylium fiber (aka fiber that has been extracted in a factory)

you might as well just have regular plain oatmeal and mix in a tablespoon of Metamucil powder

I can also assume since its a processed and packaged "oatmeal" that there is a boatload of other manufactured ingredients in it other than the fake fiber and sugar.. I wouldn't suggest eating this on a regular basis. Don't buy into the "fiber in EVERYTHING" diet craze that's going on right now.

Your best option is to buy PLAIN whole rolled oats, or better yet steel cut oatmeal (not instant!!) and add nutrient dense add-ins to build on the nutrient value. Things like flax seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, oat bran, wheat bran...etc will add TONS of fiber to the oatmeal as well as adding SOOO much more nutrients then manufactured fiber and sugars could ever 

use cinnamon, nutmeg, cocoa, cloves etc. to add flavor, and stevia to sweeten

add egg whites, greek yogurt, cottage cheese, milk, soy, or protein powder into your oatmeal to add extra protein to keep you fuller longer (hint: use the egg whites and protein powder to make oatmeal into oatmeal pancakes!)

stir in NATURAL peanut or almond butter; add a couple chopped walnut halves on top.. etc to add some heart healthy fats

the possibilities are endless, and you'll be soo much more satisfied with a good old fashioned hearty bowl of oatmeal then some crappy boxed stuff

 

I like to make my oatmeal (1/2 cup) in water (3/4 cup). Then I add 1/4 cup of 2% milk and 1/4 cup dried blueberries (no sugar added), a little bit of cinnamon, and 1/4 cup of raisins (no sugar added). Some stevia to sweeten... and I am in creamy heaven. It holds me for almost 4 hours (3.5hrs most days) before I feel the urge to eat! Not many things can do that as I have a giant appetite! It's all only 430 calories too.

I'm addicted to dried blueberries. Best. Things. Ever.

The nutrition label for Quaker Oats high fiber oatmeals lists guar gum as an ingredient, which is the likely source of the extra fiber.

Carmenxox wow, genius awesome ideas!!!
Original Post by lupita7:

Carmenxox wow, genius awesome ideas!!!

This post is a year old, but thank you for noticing my awesome-ness Wink

Original Post by carmenxox:

Your best option is to buy PLAIN whole rolled oats, or better yet steel cut oatmeal (not instant!!) and add nutrient dense add-ins to build on the nutrient value. Things like flax seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, oat bran, wheat bran...etc will add TONS of fiber to the oatmeal as well as adding SOOO much more nutrients then manufactured fiber and sugars could ever

Hi Carmen. Those ARE really good suggestions.

I was going to make a separate post but perhaps you can tell me. Why is it that instant is not as good as old fashioned or steel-cut oats. I read this all the time but no one ever says why. I ask because I can't always get steel-cut and have to make do with instant mostly.

I like to add fiber by stirring in Bran Cereal.

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