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8/1/13 2:23 P

I agree that there's no reason to eat oatmeal if you don't like it. You can get its same benefits from other foods.

You could, however, try something like having half the bagel with peanut butter, and some fruit or cottage cheese with it.
Also, fat is not an enemy by default, and foods that are touted as "low-fat" if they aren't naturally like that could have additional sugars/sweeteners etc. to make them more palatable, but which also might make them higher calorie, less natural, etc. Are you close to the top of your range for fats, where eating a regular-fat bagel would put you over? Eating lots of fresh, whole foods at good serving sizes will help you stay in ranges even with a full-fat bagel (or full-fat cheese, or whatever.)

Do some label checking and see if you can find a brand of reasonable-size (not those jumbo kind!) bagels, maybe even whole grain if you can, and enjoy the breakfast sensibly.

WADINGMOOSE Posts: 1,048
8/1/13 1:46 P

Forcing yourself to eat something you don't like is the fastest way to end your "lifestyle change" aka diet. I've tried choking down oatmeal in the mornings and it's not effective for me.

I DO average 30g of fibre every day through fruits, vegetables and other whole grains, however.

The thing is, if your low fat bagel isn't whole grain, it could be contributing to the problem. Some research seems to be pointing to refined carbs as contributing to cholesterol issues. Swapping out highly processed foods is a good idea for so many reasons, but this is just one more.

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
8/1/13 1:32 P

The title of this was confusing.

However, as far as cholesterol is concerned, there is no guarantee that eating oatmeal will lower cholesterol. If you don't like oatmeal, don't eat it. Find something else to help with your cholesterol.

For me, eating 4-5 eggs a day while eating low carb, dropped my cholesterol 90 points and got me off my meds. We are all different, and have many factors that affect cholesterol. While eating eggs may not work for many, nothing works for everyone. Basically science is guessing on what controls cholesterol, and obviously they are bad guessers, since most of you have high cholesterol.

I look at cholesterol as a symptom of my bad health, and trying to fix one thing, like cholesterol, or diabetes, or fat in my stomach is impossible. We get healthier all over. Eat a sensible diet, and exercise, and your cholesterol will improve, along with weight loss, BP, and all other health factors. Lose weight, and you will be healthier in every way.

One food isn't going to fix anything.

Edited by: RUSSELL_40 at: 8/1/2013 (13:33)
ICEDEMETER Posts: 1,332
8/1/13 12:53 P

Definitely not "all wise", but I'll take a shot at this!

Metamucil is just a different way of adding fibre. If I remember correctly, it's psyllium husk (which is gluten free, so I can see why it could be included as part of the whole "Wheat Belly" pseudo-science), so does have a high percentage of soluble fibre. The studies have shown that it is the soluble fibre that helps with cholesterol levels, but I haven't seen anything that shows clearly that one source is any better than another. A previous poster noted that a medical person recommended sources other than oats, and that is possibly just because oats actually aren't that high, percentage wise in soluble vs. insoluble, as other sources may be.

Personally, I prefer to get my fibre as part of whole foods, so that I can get the additional nutrients along with the fibre. Besides - I like eating too much to want to fill myself up with a fibre supplement instead of a tasty meal!

EX-SKINNY60 Posts: 3
8/1/13 12:27 P

Thanks, All ! How about the use of Metamucil? I was talking to my daughter's mother-in-law this morning and she is using a tablespoon in the morning and one at night in 8 oz. of water. Does this replace the oatmeal or just compensate somewhat. She didn't know because she is using the "Wheat Belly" for a guide. Can't wait to hear from "you who are all wise" LOL! I really appreciate the input.

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8/1/13 12:03 P

Hi, everyone, When I asked the dietitian at a large University-run hospital about the benefits of oatmeal for lowering cholesterol, she showed me a comprehensive study listing foods that contribute most to lower cholesterol. The study included lots of facts and long-range studies. In the category of "Helps reduce cholesterol most," plant stanols and barley ranked highly. Oatmeal was not in that list, but I believe it was in the category of "Helps somewhat." And since I don't like oatmeal, I've switched to a daily serving of pearl barley cooked in fat-free chicken broth (I use Ox brand salt-free packets), topped with sugar-free Hershey's strawberry syrup (10 cal) and sugar-free liquid hazelnut coffee flavoring (15 cal). It's filling, low calorie (~80 cal per 1/2 cup), and hopefully will help with the cholesterol. Best of luck to everyone, Mary

SHERRY822 Posts: 3,739
8/1/13 10:35 A

Try these additions to your oatmeal:

Cinnamon, and vanilla extract
Apple juice(1/2 cup in place of 1/2 cup of water),& cinnamon
Natural peanut butter added while cooking
Sugar free preserves added while cooking
Pure maple syrup with chopped pecans and a hint of cinnamon
Add apple pie spice when cooking, not after it is cooked
Add a little apple butter, and cinnamon
Add some canned pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spice
Coconut milk(1/4 cup, added to 3/4 cups of water when cooking 1/2 cup of oats)
Unsulpherated molasses and cinnamon
And my favorite one: add 1/2 packet of sugar free instant cocoa mix, or some unsweetened cocoa powder, to the water while cooking, sweeten with a little stevia, if you use the cocoa powder, Yummy !

If you want to try something different at lunch or dinner, try cooking the oats in some tomato, or vegetable juice, like v-8(1/2 cup substituted for the 1/2 cup of water to 1/2 cup of oats) add herbs like Italian seasoning and a little parmesean cheese to it. Weird, I know but it really is good. Serve it with a side of lentils.

I eat alot of cooked grains and these ideas work with them all. I am always experimenting to give myself some variety.
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ICEDEMETER Posts: 1,332
8/1/13 10:05 A

I would stick with what you enjoy for breakfast, since I find that I never stick with changes that I don't enjoy --- they're far more likely to make me quit in disgust.

Lowering your cholesterol should happen with a drop in weight, an overall healthy diet, and an increase in physical activity. Yes, studies have shown that an increase in soluble fibre in the diet (including oats) can aid in lowering cholesterol, but there's nothing that says that you have to eat stuff you don't like!

If you want to increase your soluble fibre, then I like the info from this older list:

According to this, then adding a small orange to your usual breakfast would give you just as much additional soluble fibre as eating oatmeal.

Also, you might want to try different ways of preparing oats to see if there is a version that you actually like. There are a lot of folks who really like refrigerator oatmeal (also called overnight oatmeal), but I found it really underwhelming the few times I tried it. I'm also not a huge fan of traditionally prepared oatmeal. However, I put together a baked oatmeal with pumpkin yesterday and really like it, so that method of preparation will be on my regular rotation from now on.

Keep trying new things to make your overall diet healthier, find foods and activities that you really enjoy, and you should find that your cholesterol levels should drop along with your weight. If they don't, then you'll know that there is something else influencing the levels (most likely genetics or other medications) and have a good starting point to talk with your doctor to see what else needs to be done.

JENSTRESS Posts: 5,403
8/1/13 10:04 A

Oh BAM! I would do what LOVE4KITTIES said. That sounds great!

LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 4,690
8/1/13 9:55 A

Try putting the peanut butter in your oatmeal. Just stir in a tablespoon after cooking.

XXNIAMHXX1 Posts: 18
8/1/13 9:29 A

Yes keep trying! I didn't like it at the start either, but I knew it was a healthier choice than processed cereals. Keep trying and you'll love it :)

EX-SKINNY60 Posts: 3
8/1/13 9:21 A

I really prefer a low fat bagel with a tablespoon of peanut butter in the morning. But since my cholesterol needs lowering should I keep trying to like Oatmeal with skim milk and Splenda?

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