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Eat to Live- Steel Cut Oats

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

I remember the progression with healthy oats clearly:
First I moved from Honey nut Cheerios to Cheerios.
Then I went from Cheerios to the instant oatmeal packs.
Soon I went from the packets to buying boxes of Quaker Quci Oats.
From Quick Oats, I changed to the Old Fashioned kind.
This year I moved to the Steel-Cut Oats.
Today I learned this while studying oats:

Because they go through some extra processing steps, you might assume that rolled oats would be less nutritious than steel-cut oats, but it turns out that the differences are quite minor. Steel cut, stone-ground, old-fashioned, and quick-cooking rolled oats are all made from whole grains and they all have approximately the same amount of fiber, protein, calories, and other nutrients.

In particular, oats are a good source of soluble fiber. Soluble fiber can help reduce cholesterol and helps keep blood sugar levels steadier—which is helpful for managing and preventing diabetes as well as keeping your appetite in check.

I believe that the less processing, the more nutritional value, although I have read data that both agrees and disagrees on this point. I do know that the less processing, the more preparation time for me. Last night, I cooked the steel cut oats
(1 cup of oats to 4 cups of water) on our wood stove for an hour. I added blackberries, walnuts and cinnamon this morning, and had a great meal. When summer comes, I plan to just soak the oats overnight and then cook them in the morning.

I'm learning to eat to live, instead of living to eat.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
WALKINGIRL5 3/27/2013 10:25AM

    This is interesting for me because I thought steel cut and rolled were the same. I usually soak mine with oat bran emoticon

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WALKINGIRL5 3/27/2013 10:24AM

    This is interesting for me because I thought steel cut and rolled were the same. I usually soak mine with oat bran emoticon

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    I love "nooch" (nutritional yeast) on my steel cut oats every morning!

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CLARALAW 2/6/2013 1:59PM

    I have a recipe for overnight oatmeal in the crock pot. My family loves it!

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FLAMENM 2/5/2013 10:47PM


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DESERTJULZ 2/5/2013 7:02PM

    Excellent! Steel Cut Oats are also fantastic as a slow-cooker dish. Before you go to bed, put the normal amount of oats & water in the slow cooker, set on low, and in the morning you walk into the kitchen to a nice hot oatmeal breakfast!

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68ANNE 2/5/2013 6:31PM

    I know that the less processed the better for but I do not mind at all any extra time taken in the preparation of the foods. People in this modern world aren't so much strapped for time as they are strapped in the time management.

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 2/5/2013 2:03PM


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AUNTIEANNE22 2/5/2013 1:56PM

  I love steel cut oats. I soak mine overnight and then cook them for 10 minutes in the morning. I love having something to chew. Regular oatmeal is to mushy for me and the instants are too sweet. I put dried cranberries and a little agave syrup on mine. I've even gotten myy boyfriend to eat them!

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BARBANNA 2/5/2013 12:53PM

    I worked with a Dr Anderson who did major research on the effects of oat bran on diabetes and heart health. That was during the 90s when everyone was eating oat bran. It's just as easy and effective to eat oats!

Thanks for sharing!

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MJ7DM33 2/5/2013 12:12PM

  Great blog! Thx for sharing!

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CAPECODLIGHT 2/5/2013 10:08AM

    I'm still working my way up the line. I am now on a Quaker Oats "Perfect Portions", which comes in a bag. You measure out the portion size you want. It still has some salt in it but no sugars or artificial stuff. I have a can of steel cut I bought last month - maybe it is time to give it a try...

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MRSJERRYBUSH 2/5/2013 10:06AM

    Interesting blog and comments. Thanks.

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NELLJONES 2/5/2013 9:55AM

    I prefer the chewy texture of rolled oats. Steel cut oats get too creamy in the time it takes to cook them.

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 2/5/2013 9:26AM

  sounds delicious

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1CRAZYDOG 2/5/2013 8:43AM

    My breakfast every morning . . . steel cut oats! I love cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, ground cardamom . . . any of these spices . . . in my oats. Yummo! I too love the berries in my oats, and sometimes go to banana. During the summer it's got to be peaches or plums.

Enjoy! I make a batch for the week then can just "nuke it". Saves time in the morning so no excuses!


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SUTERSPACE 2/5/2013 8:04AM

    Any idea how this affects blood sugars?

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SAASHA17 2/5/2013 8:01AM


I love any form...IN summer i just soak everything except the fruits overnight in the refrigerator and its awesome..u dont even have to cook it..just add raisins, nuts and milk (almond milk is the best) and leave it overnight and voila...yummy oats the next day morning...

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DS9KIE 2/5/2013 7:50AM

    steel cut oats are better to me when I soak them overnight. They are not so mushy.

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MJREIMERS 2/5/2013 7:43AM

    My Grandmother used to use steel cut oats in her "breakfast stuff." She added raisins and well, let's just say "other stuff" that you wouldn't think about eating for breakfast. Despite what was in it, is sure was good! Your breakfast sounds delicious. I may have to give steel cut oats another try. (I haven't perfected the cooking of "breakfast stuff" and will need to modify the recipe!

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MIRFA71 2/5/2013 7:01AM

    Thanks for the info. emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/5/2013 6:56AM

    I've been through a similar "learning" process related to old fashioned versus steel cut oats, and was also surprised to find the nutrition counts so close.

I do the steel cut because I prefer the texture, but at times I go back to the rolled oats because of time constraints OR because I feel like a change. I also once in a while change up to brown rice farina or even yellow corn grits.

But most of the time, it's routine, I look forward to it, and I, too am eating to live! Great concept! emoticon

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GRAMMYEAC 2/5/2013 6:02AM

    Steel cut oats are a great morning breakfast!

I soak mine overnight year-round, and cook in the morning. Add some berries and milk and I'm good to go.

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SUSIEPH1 2/5/2013 5:43AM

    Sounds delicious. I like raw oats and fruit ..I actually eat raw a lot and feel much better for it xx emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARYJOANNA 2/5/2013 5:41AM

  Sounds yummy!

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