Make THIS, Not THAT: Oatmeal

MAKE THIS!

 

steel cut oatmeal

Oatmeal has a good reputation, and with good reason.  Here’s why:

Protein

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Oats are an excellent source of protein, non-meat protein, which is important for vegetarians and vegans.

Fiber

Steel cut oats are about 10% fiber which is terrific for your digestive tract as well as lowering your risk of heart disease and diabetes.  According to the Mayo Clinic, women should be getting 25 grams or more per day.  A serving of steel cut oats has 4 gr of fiber.

Vitamins

Steel cut oats are not processed like instant oatmeal, therefore the oat is not stripped of it’s nutritional content and then put back in.

But this is only true of whole oats, not rolled or processed ones, which are the ones found in most Quaker instant oatmeal boxes.

Click here to get my recipe for Super Steel Cut Oatmeal ~ which even my DAUGHTER likes!!

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NOT THAT!

oatmeal

FOOD FACTS GRADE:  D

Ingredients (16):

Oat(s) Rolled Whole Grain (Oat(s) Bran) , Sugar, Flavor(s) Natural & Artificial, Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Guar Gum, Oat(s) Flour, Caramel Color, Niacinamide (Vitamin aB), Vitamin A Palmitate, Iron Reduced, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (HCL), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Folic Acid (Vitamin aB)

Sugar:  The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends limiting the amount of added sugars you consume to no more than half of your daily discretionary calories allowance.  For most American women, that’s about 6 teaspoons (or 24 grams) of sugar. For men, it’s 150 calories per day, or about 9 teaspoons (or 36 grams).

There are 12 grams of sugar in one packet of this oatmeal!  That’s half a days worth, FOR AN ADULT.  Children’s daily intake is considerably lower.  Starting your day (or your child’s) with this amount of sugar is a costly mistake!

Natural & Artificial Flavor:  I’m starting to sound like a broken record when it comes to natural and artificial flavors.  Maybe I should just type up a boiler plate paragraph.

Did you know that something called propylene glycol, the ingredient found in anti freeze, keeps salads crisp in fast food restaurants?  Not many of us do.

The food industry keeps slipping these ingredients into our food to extend shelf life, make foods fresher longer and increase their profits,.  How?  By hiding them under the umbrella “natural flavors”.  Take a look at how many boxed foods contain the words ‘natural & artificial flavors’ next time you shop, you’ll be shocked!

Start your day the RIGHT way by eating natural oats from NATURE, not oats with NATURAL flavoring!

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