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A Note on Oatmeal

While whole grains in general are healthy, oatmeal has additional benefits: It's naturally high in fiber, which helps keep blood-sugar levels stable and contains B vitamins, which are essential to convert carbohydrates into energy. Choose steel cut or Irish oatmeal over rolled oats. Oatmeal is a great high-energy food. Try it with almond milk and fresh or dried fruit.

A tasty recipe with oatmeal: Multi-Grain Scones.

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Reader Comments (5)

I love oatmeal and have it for breakfast most mornings with an apple. I usually have it with a scoop of whey, milled flax seed and cinnamon. I have taken recently to adding a bit of flaked coconut for the fat, which makes it really tasty.

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIPBrian

regarding post "eat steel cut or Irish oatmeal over rolled oats." Why? what is wrong with whole rolled oats?

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterB

Greetings: Nothing is "wrong" with rolled oats but Dr. Weil and research shows that steel cut is healthier.

"Glycemic Index – I have seen steel cut oats rated at 42 and rolled oats rated at 50 on the Glycemic Index. Both would be considered “low” and therefore neither is a huge threat to spiking your blood sugar."
In other words, steel cut oats are slightly better. But the difference is small. And
Why: Whole grains digest slowly, reducing frequency of spikes in blood sugar that promote inflammation. "Whole grains" means grains that are intact or in a few large pieces, not whole wheat bread or other products made from flour.

And because of the digestion rate alone Dr. Weil prefers to suggest steel cut for plain oatmeal. In recipes to cook he suggests rolled.

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered

I love oatmeal but I have little time in the morning to prepare it since mi work schedule is very hectic, and while looking for other alternatives that I could use for a fast healthy breakfast I found an Oatmeal drink called finesse. they have many other alternatives like regular oatmeal drink and with cinnamon. but I like Finesse because it only has 70 calories per serving which is like 8oz. it leaves me full until lunch and I'm taking the vitamins I need and not skipping breakfast.

March 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterValeria Andaluz

just cook up a batch of oatmeal and in morning warm some in microwave. easy.

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrebecca
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