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April 12, 2013 9:24 AM
A friend and I got into a discussion the other day about processed food and we were unsure about Quaker's instant oatmeal packets. So, is it processed???

On a side note, I eat the flavored kinds. Would this be a processed food???
  17650429
April 12, 2013 9:26 AM
Yes.

Is it bad for you? No.
April 12, 2013 9:27 AM
I think technically if it's any of the instant or quick varieties or those with added flavours it is considered processed.
  1178740
April 12, 2013 9:28 AM
Yes, it's processed. If you cooked porridge from scratch it wouldn't take much longer and wouldn't be processed, if that bothers you.
  30765873
April 12, 2013 9:28 AM
By definition I believe that anything other than unhulled oats are processed food.

http://www.wheatgrasskits.com/sprouting/whole_oat_grain.htm
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Whole Oats have the hull on and are a great choice for sprouting, animal feed and oat grass, but not for food uses unless the hull is removed.


Most food needs to be processed in some form or fashion prior to consumption.
April 12, 2013 9:29 AM
Yup it's processed as in a part of the oat is removed and sugar is added
April 12, 2013 9:29 AM
Food pretty much by its nature is "proccessed". The question is better thought of in terms of is it more processed or less processed. Think of it this way, if anything has been done to a food item it is "processed". So while plain old non-quick steel cut oats are still processed, they are less processed than the instant flavored stuff.

And unless you are chasing down a cow and eating it while it is still alive, some processing, in the form of butchering has been done, however a package of steak that you buy at a grocery store is less processed than say commercial restaurant hamburger patties.
  8965296
April 12, 2013 9:30 AM
most food goes through a process.

i don't understand why people are afraid of "processed" food.
  22872058
April 12, 2013 9:31 AM
You do NOT want the laborious task of eating unprocessed oats.
April 12, 2013 9:31 AM
I suggest you start by learning what processing means. Reading is cool these days, try it.
April 12, 2013 9:32 AM
QUOTE:

most food goes through a process.

i don't understand why people are afraid of "processed" food.


Cause the boogey man put toxins in it. OH NOEZ!
  7030416
April 12, 2013 9:32 AM
QUOTE:

You do NOT want the laborious task of eating unprocessed oats.


Agreed.
  7030416
April 12, 2013 9:32 AM
Unless your name is Jedadiah and you live in an Amish community, pretty much anything you eat is processed food.
April 12, 2013 9:33 AM
Yes, it is processed food. Anytime food is even so much as chopped up to look different than it's orginal state, it is considered processed. So even mashed potatoes are processed foods.

Is it bad for you, not necessarily.
April 12, 2013 9:34 AM
I wouldn't be worried so much about it being processed and more about the fact the sugary little flavored packets are your worst choice when it comes to oatmeal. Steel cut oats with your own toppings (i.e. real fruit, nuts, etc) are going to be a better choice. Even plain rolled oats w/real fruit are a better choice. The fruit (or berries or whatever) will add more fiber & other nutrients and keep you fuller longer. You can even stir in an egg for some extra protein.
  5637461
April 12, 2013 9:34 AM
Eating my yummy, processed banana bread Quaker oatmeal as I type this...
  13776876
April 12, 2013 9:34 AM
You're not cooking them are you??!!
You're just supposed to nibble the grains off of the plants.
April 12, 2013 9:35 AM
I don't know but the texture is so nasty, it makes me throw up in my mouth a little. EWWW!!! sick
  28812302
April 12, 2013 9:39 AM
I was reading about this a few weeks ago. Whole rolled oats and steel cut oats are minimally processed...the hulled oats are either rolled or cut to make cooking go faster. It also makes the nutrients more available to your digestion.

Quick oats are cut up even smaller and partially cooked....so more processed than the others but nothing is added.

Instant oat packets are fully cooked....just add water. So they are the most processed plus usually have something added (dried fruit bits, sweetener, preservative).

None of this is bad on it's own. It's what you prefer. Sometimes convenience is more important than "as close to nature as possible".

I've also read that research shows the cholesterol lowering benefits are not found with instant and quick oats.

Sorry I can't cite a reference. I don't remember where I read this.
April 12, 2013 9:40 AM
Unless they are in their completely natural state, most foods are processed to some extent. regular Quaker Oats are going to be less processed than your Quaker instant oats with added flavor and sugar.
Edited by cwolfman13 On April 12, 2013 9:41 AM
April 12, 2013 9:41 AM
If it doesn't have added sugar or any added synthetic ingredients in my opinion, "processing" is fine.
  19327692
April 12, 2013 9:41 AM
QUOTE:

most food goes through a process.

i don't understand why people are afraid of "processed" food.


Its because processed foods are the bad guys.

The forces of evil that are not Paleo that are out to get you and make you fat.

The strawman apon which the adjective diet is built (adjective diet as in whole, fresh, unprecessed, pure, healthy, natural, etc..., diets whose existance requires the use of adjectives to describe foods). To explain an adjective diet requires an enemy, a boogeyman, a strawman argument that provides adjective separation and clear superiority of the positive adjectives.
  12040936
April 12, 2013 9:42 AM
Quaker Oats with chocolate protein powder mmmm!!
April 12, 2013 9:44 AM
Packages of flavoured oatmeal would be considered processed. A much less processed version would be plain oatmeal you make and flavour yourself.
April 12, 2013 9:45 AM
QUOTE:

By definition I believe that anything other than unhulled oats are processed food.

http://www.wheatgrasskits.com/sprouting/whole_oat_grain.htm
QUOTE:
Whole Oats have the hull on and are a great choice for sprouting, animal feed and oat grass, but not for food uses unless the hull is removed.


Most food needs to be processed in some form or fashion prior to consumption.


^this - QFT
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