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AZULVIOLETA6
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8/23/13 12:57 P

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You can cook Old Fashioned in the microwave. I use roughly equal parts (1/2 C each) oats and water. If you throw in a little bit of dried fruit (Crasins, raisins, chopped apricots) that seems to help to keep it from boiling over.

I zap mine for 2:22 and it is perfect!

I usually buy Quaker oats because I consume great volumes of oatmeal. However, I can't say enough about the quality of Bob's Red Mill products. It's a great company (somewhat local to me) that produces responsible food and operates in a socially responsible way.

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8/23/13 8:33 A

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Side note- you can buy individual instant packets that are just plain oats with no other ingredients.

It has to do with how they are processed. Instant being the most heavily processed and steel being the least. Instant cooks the quickest, steel-cut the slowest. Steel-cut has more fiber and protein but also more calories. However, I would say a serving size of steel-cut would be smaller because they are way more filling than instant. Instant also has a higher glycemic index.

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. So here, it would come to personal preference.

I am not a fan of steel-cut... they're like hard little kernals. Old fashioned (or rolled oats) are flattened but still maintain the whole grain. I much prefer those. I find steel-cut too grainy. They have a slightly longer cooking time than instant (10 mins on stove top) but only take about 1 1/2-2 mins in the microwave.

I find some brands are harder than others. I bought No Name (usually buy Quaker or Bob Red mills) once and they were really hard despite cooking them longer. I prefer a softer oatmeal. So shop around and find a brand you like. I find OF oats are very similar in texture to instant but less processed and nutritionally equivalent to steel-cut.

Always go for the plain varieties and add your own flavours; fresh fruit, nuts/nut butter, seeds, spices, yogurt, egg/egg whites, unsweetened applesauce, sweet potato, other veg and meat for a savoury oatmeal, natural sweeteners (ripe mashed banana, unsweetened applesauce, stevia, real maple syrup, honey, etc.)

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 8/23/2013 (08:36)

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8/23/13 8:26 A

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The steel cut oatmeal has more fiber...the instant has preservatives and you might get more nutrition and fiber from the steel cut oats...in a hurry then the packets are still a good choice just make sure they are not loaded with sugar.



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Most of the packets are too sweet for me. I just use regular rolled oats and add fruit and nuts. Because you can either add the water and microwave for a minute or two or just add boiling water with no extra cooking, they are just as fast to prepare as the instant.

I also try to opt for less processed foods where I can.



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I would think it would depend on the type of oatmeal in the packs if you are picking the plain or sugar added type. Both have some added ingredient but obviously plain would be the healthier choice and then to add your own add ins. Like others said you can 1 min or old fashion oats as well



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8/23/13 2:39 A

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I eat the regular old fashioned oats. I prefer them to the 1 minute kind due to texture. So far as the ones in the packet, the flavored packets have added stuff I don't want to eat (e.g. added sugar and 260 mg of salt added per packet...the salt is the main thing I want to avoid). Here's the ingredient list of the flavored quaker oats in the packets:

WHOLE GRAIN ROLLED OATS, SUGAR, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, SALT, CALCIUM CARBONATE, GUAR GUM, CARAMEL COLOR, NIACINAMIDE*, REDUCED IRON, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE*, RIBOFLAVIN*, THIAMIN MONONITRATE*, FOLIC ACID*.

Edited to add: the flavored packets are not really a horrible choice, either, especially when compared to a lot of the other things one might choose to eat for breakfast. emoticon

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8/22/13 10:39 P

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I've read studies that indicate old fashioned keeps steady blood sugar whereas instant results in spikes/crashes.

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8/22/13 10:28 P

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I prefer steel cut oats.



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8/22/13 9:14 P

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The package that shows 1 Minute type has only "rolled oats" listed. That's the one I use in the microwave.

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I use steel cut but have plain instant too... even the plain instant has a lot of additives



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I never compared them, I use the regular Quick type that I can do in the microwave easily under 2 minutes.

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