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1/8/15 6:25 A

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Thank you for the information on steel cut. I can never figure it out.

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1/7/15 9:53 P

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Steel cut is more effective for lowering cholesterol and actually is absorbed by the body better. I keep it pretty simple and mix a protein shake and a fiber supplement into it each morning.

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1/7/15 8:59 P

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orange and apple oatmeal. With raisins and cranberry's,. nuts for lunch.

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11/9/14 8:35 A

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making oatmeal squares with stevia today

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11/4/14 10:09 P

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Oatmeal and apple this morning, with almond butter. rice bar for lunch.

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8/5/14 7:04 P

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Bran is a part of the grain . The outside. fiber. good for you!
any whole food is better than processed. White wheat has had the bran removed.
That is why I do cracked grains.

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4/6/11 1:45 P

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What exactly is Oat Bran?

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2/24/11 4:34 P

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Oatmeal has always been a favorite of mine
Prefer the old fashioned and cook in microwave
Add a bit of Ice Cream to make it really good
One bowl at a time

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2/4/11 1:05 P

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Thanks team for the good info. I was eating Instant Oatmeal for the convenience but did wonder if it was helping my cholesterol levels. I will add 1 T oat bran to it now.

Now, does anyone have a good , quick appetizer recipe? I used to eat a lot of shrimp, but discovered they are high in cholesterol!

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8/21/09 10:04 P

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I use REGULAR oatmeal - sometimes I will make Steel Cut Oatmeal if I have the time. I will add ground flax seeds into it after it's cooked.

When I travel I take packets of instant oatmeal w/me, since it's better than not having it and what is available for bkfst at the meetings I am attending is not to healthy...and I can always get a cup of hot water and make it at the table.

I have made the Oatmeal recipe from Cholesterol Down, it was good, but I found it to be a lot of work.

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8/21/09 8:34 P

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I was never an oatmeal fan - used to make me very bloated. But that has changed. I add flaxseed and flaxoil and maple syrup.

So about the maple syrup...am I removing any nutritional benefit by adding the sugar? In my normal day I don't consume sugary snacks.

I could try shifting to a sugar-free jam with some fruit added but what is wrong with some maple syrup?
Is it that the calories really add up (around 100 cal for 2 Tbs and that is wasteful?

New to oats,
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According to my doctor and nutritionist and also a book I've read, regular instant oatmeal -- even the kinds that say Heart Smart or whatever -- do not help your cholesterol. They don't HURT it but they definitely don't help it. If you do eat instant, you have to add oat bran to help cholesterol. I posted a recipe from the book (Cholesterol Down by Janet Brill) here -- recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
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. It's for Crockpot Oatmeal with organic steel-cut oats and flaxseed. You definitely need to add a little sweetener when you eat it, but it's pretty good and really healthy. Also, despite the amount of liquid, it's never been watery for me.

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6/25/09 7:27 A

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I have heard that Oat Bran is better in helping to lower Cholesterol. I will sometimes combine it w/the oatmeal (1/2 cup minus 1 tbs uncooked oatmeal replaced w/1 tbs of OatBran). After cooked also add 1 tbs of ground flax seeds.



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6/25/09 6:18 A

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I really like Oat Bran as well. If my research is correct, I think the oat bran is slightly better than regular oatmeal.

www.hodgsonmill.com/roi/673/Cereals-
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1/16/09 3:12 P

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Thanks for such great info! I love my oatmeal. emoticon



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1/16/09 1:42 P

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Cary's Sugar Free Maple Syrup -- 2 tbs of this is still sugar free. I believe there is another brand but I have been using this one for quite sometime...

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1/16/09 1:33 P

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My mom always told us kids to eat our oatmeal, that it would stick to our ribs. I said, "Yuck! I don't anything to stick to my ribs!" Anyway, it's good for you. I am wondering, though, since maple syrup IS, basically, sugar, what is sugar-free maple syrup?

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1/16/09 1:26 P

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The Steel Cut are very good - just take a little longer to cook - in the micro maybe 3 minutes...depending on your micro. The regular takes me about 1-1/2-2 min. I like it still a little moist, then add whatever fruit I feel like that day, it's usually unsweetened applesauce w/sugar free maple syrup...

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1/16/09 12:32 P

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Thanks, I'm an old fashion kind of girl.

Will get brave one day and try the Steel-cut

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Here is something I received from Hungry Girl about Oatmeal...think someone was asking about it a few days ago.

Oatmeal ABCs

Oats are a great power food. They're high in fiber (so they keep you feeling full for a long time) and packed with B vitamins. Plus, studies have linked oatmeal (when eaten regularly) to lowered LDL cholesterol levels, reduced risk of heart disease, and lowered risk for type 2 diabetes.

Confused by the different types of oatmeal? Everyone is. Here's a quick rundown:

Steel-Cut (Irish) - Coarse, chopped up oats. Take longer to cook, but yield chewier oatmeal.

Old-Fashioned (Rolled) - Oat flakes that have been steamed, rolled flat, and toasted. Minimally processed for maximum health benefits.

Quick-Cooking - Old-fashioned oats that have been rolled thinner and cut into smaller pieces, so they cook faster.

Instant - Thin, precooked oats with less natural flavor and t exture. Often contain added salt, sugar, and/or other flavorings.

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