Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats vs. Instant Oatmeal

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Oatmeal is a breakfast essential for many, with the convenience and versatility to fit everyone’s taste buds. Whether you load the oatmeal with fruit and nuts, sprinkle it with cinnamon and a touch of maple syrup, or  enjoy it plain, it is important to keep in mind the type of oats to choose.

A very common way to eat oats is by using packets of instant oatmeal and adding hot water. As a healthier alternative, try old-fashioned rolled oats. Rolled oats can also be prepared in less than five minutes by cooking on the stovetop or in the microwave. For even more of a timesaver, you can soak the oats overnight. It takes only a few minutes to prepare and you wake up to a healthy breakfast. For an easy recipe to keep up with your busy schedule, try the overnight oats recipe here.

Some benefits of overnight oats include; they are much easier to digest because their starches breakdown when soaking, they have high resistant starch to leave one feeling full for longer as well as decreasing insulin levels, and they are higher in fiber. Instant oatmeal, on the other hand, typically has a lot of added sugar,and is more processed, leaving less of the healthy fiber and nutrients in tact. 

The verdict: The benefits of old-fasheioned rolled oats outweigh those of instant oatmeal, making the winner of this Food Fight…

Old-fashioned rolled oats!

TIP: For an even healthier option, try steel cut oats that are even closer to the way they were grown, higher in protein, insoluble fiber, and vitamins.

Tierney Wittmann, Program Assistant, Weight of the Fox Valley