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Is Instant Oatmeal a Healthy Breakfast?

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Who has time to prepare steel-cut oatmeal on the stove? Instant oatmeal is so much easier, and we've got expert advice on why it's okay to opt for convenience.

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.

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annaswishes87 wrote:

Quaker Instant Original Oatmeal has no added sugar :) I always put lots of fresh fruit on mine for added benefits

12/16/2013 03:01:26 PM Report Abuse
lj866 wrote:

Steelcut oatmeal made in the crockpot with dried fruit with nuts is great, leftovers heat up well for a few days!!Put it on before you go to bed and breakfast is hot and ready when you wake up...awesome!!

8/16/2010 10:45:07 AM Report Abuse
machapman2 wrote:

Hyvee has a lower sugar instant oatmeal that is very good

2/22/2010 12:22:40 PM Report Abuse
cmylin wrote:

Microwaving food doesn't kill nutrients. The premise of microwaving is that the micro-waves excite the water molecules in the food which makes them get hot.

2/19/2010 02:41:02 PM Report Abuse
corderoinkuna1 wrote:

FYI Quaker makes lower sugar instant oatmeal that is yummy!

2/18/2010 06:38:17 PM Report Abuse

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