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Q. Is instant oatmeal a healthy breakfast?
A. Yes. Instant oatmeal is a breakfast shortcut that doesn't shortchange your health. While steel-cut oatmeal will give you one more gram of fiber per serving, the instant packets contain the same disease-fighting whole grains -- just in smaller pieces for quick cooking time, says Connie Diekman, RD, director of university nutrition at Washington University in St. Louis. But beware the sugar trap: Some instant varieties have 13 grams of the sweet stuff (more than three teaspoons). It's better to buy plain instant oatmeal and add a dollop of honey for flavor.
Originally published in FITNESS magazine, January 2010.More Healthy Breakfast Options