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November 4, 2010 5:08 PM
I was wondering what is "better" for you: regular instant oatmeal or regular instant cream of wheat?

I was originally eating instant oatmeal, but then I switched to cream of wheat. I know cream of wheat has 0g of fat, but is there a difference besides what is on the labels?
November 4, 2010 5:22 PM
Neither really. Regular oatmeal or steel cut oats are better for you, instant anything is processed and have added sugars so not much better than a bowl of Frosted Flakes!
November 4, 2010 5:29 PM
Neither - don't do instant in the packets, do the 2 1/2 minute cook!!!
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November 4, 2010 5:34 PM
I wish I could cook it, but I only have access to a microwave in the morning.

So if I do get the regular stove top, is oatmeal or cream of wheat better? I know wheat is better then white flour , but I never compared it to oatmeal.
November 4, 2010 5:34 PM
Eat the one you enjoy more, and if you have time, opt for the cook and serve version of either. Or give grits a shot, you may like that as well.
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November 4, 2010 5:39 PM
Quaker has a non-process 2-minute cook version called "quick cooking". You add a cup of water or half water/half milk and microwave for 2 minutes.
November 4, 2010 5:45 PM
If you're up to it, buy the slow-cook oatmeal and make it the night before (or make a few days worth and put into single serving containers). Keep it in the fridge and microwave it in the morning! I love Irish oatmeal - it's my favorite.
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November 4, 2010 5:47 PM
Just so you know, you can take old fashion oatmeal and cook them just the way you do instant without the extra calories.

I eat both myself, but oat meal is the best overall in my opinion.
November 4, 2010 5:50 PM
Thanks for all the tips... although it doesn't sound like one is better than the other.
November 4, 2010 5:50 PM
im a HUGE cream of wheat fan! LOL I was curious and did a little research, anyways cream of wheat isnt all that good for you. Oat meal is probably the best. what i do though is i buy a hot cereal called red river, it reminds me of COW but is a little grainiery and it is VERY good for you. If i do eat COW i make sure to add a tablespoon or more of flax to get some fiber :)
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November 4, 2010 5:56 PM
QUOTE:

im a HUGE cream of wheat fan! LOL I was curious and did a little research, anyways cream of wheat isnt all that good for you. Oat meal is probably the best. what i do though is i buy a hot cereal called red river, it reminds me of COW but is a little grainiery and it is VERY good for you. If i do eat COW i make sure to add a tablespoon or more of flax to get some fiber :)


I will definitely look for that! I prefer the taste of cream of wheat as well. Red River sounds like a good alternative... and I will keep the fiber addition in mind! Thanks so much!
November 4, 2010 5:59 PM
For me oatmeal is more filling. I take regular old oats, put in some splenda and cinnamon and just add hot water. Let it sit for 2 minutes and it's delicious. I also sometimes smash up a banana and mix it into the plain oats for some variety.
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November 4, 2010 6:25 PM
Cream of wheat is awesome! And forgive me but I add just a teaspoon of brown sugar. Yummy!
November 4, 2010 6:31 PM
I vote for old fashioned oatmeal. I add cinnamon, a teaspoon of brown sugar, a tablespoon of walnuts, and a teaspoon of flax seed. Healthy and tasty too!
November 5, 2010 11:03 AM
If you have never tried Oat Bran, give that a try. I think it tastes a lot like Cream of Wheat and it is healthier!
November 5, 2010 11:10 AM
I believe oats are much better for you nutritionally than cream of wheat. But, I also believe that "instant" oats probably have less nutritional value than less processed oats.

That being said, I don't have time to cook my oats every morning, so I make a big pot on Sunday and reheat individual amounts each morning in the microwave. 1 cup of dry steel cuts, 4 cups water, 1 tsp salt. Oven @ 325. Cook for 1 or 2 hours until water absorbed....I stir every now and then to make sure its not sticking to the bottom.

In the am when I reheat I add a shake of cinnamon, a shake of minimally processed unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/2 a TB of butter, 1/3 cup frozen wild blueberries and 1 TB Raw Honey nmmmmmmmmmmmm!

This is a fun food blog, Kath eats oats every morning and she makes something she calls over night oats, she also has a tab on the site called Tribute To Oats: http://www.katheats.com/.

have fun, eat OATS, they are so good for you, happy eating
JoJo
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March 10, 2014 4:52 AM
I think Oatmeal is better for you; though cow tastes great, quick cook on either loses nutritional value, the microwave works great with either; I was a die hard milk fan, but switched to Almond milk ; after about a week I actually preferred it, and now drink the vanilla (sweetened) flavor, and besides drinking it, I put in on my cereal , oatmeal , and cow- it gives it a sweet flavor , and don't need anything else. This has really helped me lose weight , almost at goal, will continue with app to help maintain!
March 10, 2014 6:37 AM
They have different nutritional profiles. Neither is inherently bad or better.. depends on your overall "diet". Eat whichever you like.
March 10, 2014 6:40 AM
Cream of wheat has very little fiber or protein; oatmeal is the better choice. You can cook regular oats just like instant so there's no need to buy expensive little packets.

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