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All Oatmeal the Same?

I have been using “old fashion oats” for my oatmeal. Is there only one kind of oatmeal? Should I be using something else?

I stick with the classic Old Fashioned Quaker Oats. There are a few other ‘cuts’ of oats, but the main thing is to stay away from the instant oatmeal.

whats wrong with instant? thats really all i eat :S ive never tried any other kind

[quote]Brendan B wrote:
I have been using “old fashion oats” for my oatmeal. Is there only one kind of oatmeal? Should I be using something else? [/quote]

John has alot to say about them.

http://www.johnberardi.com/articles/recipes/brief_history_of_oats.htm

[quote]caladin wrote:
John has alot to say about them.

http://www.johnberardi.com/articles/recipes/brief_history_of_oats.htm

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Caladin, appreciate the help and the link.

Now, I have a few questions.
Dr. Berdi states that Oat groats, or whole oats are the least processed, and from my understanding of things, the best for you as well. He goes on to say they “need to be cooked and/or soaked for a long period of time to so you don’t break your teeth on them.”

Now, here are my questions related to this:

  1. How do you cook these oats, and where can you purchase them?
  2. I have been eating, as I described before, “old fashion oats.” All I have to do is just add water to consume them. Have I been cooking these wrong?
  3. Can I benefit from eating other forms of oatmeal rather than just “whole oats”?
  4. What are rolled oats?

Try these.
http://www.mccanns.ie/pages/products.html

I haven’t had the instant yet.

To my understand, “old fashioned” and “quick” oatmeal are cut differently. Quick oats are cut thinner so it will cook faster (in the microwave, I think).

Personally I put quick oats in a bowl, pour skim milk 'til it’s the same level as the oats, and microwave for two minutes. The milk magically transforms the oatmeal into porridge (no, really, it’s true). I add dried fruits to it and enjoy.

I don’t like instant oatmeal for two reasons. One, way too much simple sugar (but I loved cinnamon and brown sugar when I was a newbie with nutrition). Two, one bag isn’t enough for me, I need to cook 2 or 3 bags at once so it gets expensive.

  1. Know any websites where I can buy in bulk? Perhaps 30+lbs?

[quote]skimmy_jimmy wrote:
whats wrong with instant? thats really all i eat :S ive never tried any other kind[/quote]

Stripped of many of the Good nutrients etc during the processing. They have essentially been cooked before hand and redried. so you lose a lot of the GOODS man. Stick with good old fashioned oats.

For normal people not overly anal, quick oats will work fine, but old-fashioned oats don’t take much longer to cook, so why not use them?

Quick oats are cut while old-fashioned are whole. Other than that, basically the same.

The point is to stay away from “instant” oatmeals that have stuff added to them, like flavorings and sugar. You want 100% oats and nothing else. Add your own frozen berries, honey, grow powder, etc.

ANyone know anything about Scottish oats? This is what I use: http://www.bobsredmill.com/catalog/index.php?action=showdetails&product_ID=344

[quote]Phill wrote:
skimmy_jimmy wrote:
whats wrong with instant? thats really all i eat :S ive never tried any other kind

Stripped of many of the Good nutrients etc during the processing. They have essentially been cooked before hand and redried. so you lose a lot of the GOODS man. Stick with good old fashioned oats.[/quote]

hey thanx man! i never knew that lol. i was all thinkin im a bad ass eatin 3 big ass bowls of the shit a day ha

[quote]Brendan B wrote:
5. Know any websites where I can buy in bulk? Perhaps 30+lbs?[/quote]

http://www.honeyvillegrain.com/products/Products.html

Just buy the least processed oats you can find…

For me, that means large flake rolled oats that do not have a shortened cooking time. Take a look at the cooking time when you buy them…

Regardless of the cooking time, I don’t actually cook them, just pour on some milk and Low-Carb Grow! and you are good to go.

[quote]featherz wrote:
Brendan B wrote:
5. Know any websites where I can buy in bulk? Perhaps 30+lbs?

http://www.honeyvillegrain.com/products/Products.html
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Well! I know where I’ll be getting my bulk oats from now.

They also have bulk dried egg whites and whole eggs. :slight_smile: All for $4 something in shipping charges.

I’ll throw in another vote for McCann’s steel cut Irish oats. Check 'em out-- great flavor and texture, even plain. For variety I will sometimes throw in some blueberries or mix in some cinnamon and nutmeg when I am cooking them. Be ready to cook for a little while though. . . they take 35-40 min. Happy eating!

[quote]Haramdar wrote:
featherz wrote:
Brendan B wrote:
5. Know any websites where I can buy in bulk? Perhaps 30+lbs?

http://www.honeyvillegrain.com/products/Products.html

Well! I know where I’ll be getting my bulk oats from now.
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Hey that place also sells 1/4 inch granule soy protein!

[quote]cheesehead wrote:
I’ll throw in another vote for McCann’s steel cut Irish oats. Check 'em out-- great flavor and texture, even plain. For variety I will sometimes throw in some blueberries or mix in some cinnamon and nutmeg when I am cooking them. Be ready to cook for a little while though. . . they take 35-40 min. Happy eating![/quote]

How do I cook these kinds of oats? Just like brown rice? Can I pre-cook them for the week and still have them taste fresh?

cheesehead:

Another vote for McCanns!

Hey…go to “Wally World” and pick up a good pressure cooker…it cooks the McCann’s in no time!

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