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PostSubject: What kind of oatmeal (oats) should I buy or use?   Wed Oct 13, 2010 10:37 pm

Remember, first of all, that this program is about eating wholesome, natural foods - so it only follows that the less processed a food is, the better results you're likely to experience.

Oat products you'll want to avoid would include anything of an instant or flavored nature, both of which are too highly processed and likely to contain off-plan ingredients. The general recommendation with regard to oat products is as follows:

Steel-cut oats - best
Old Fashioned (rolled) oats - very good
Quick (rolled) oats - good
Instant (rolled) oats - not recommended
Oat bran (alone) - not recommended

Unless stated otherwise, recipes for baked goods, waffles and pancakes will likely have best results using rolled oats.

Just in case you wondered about the difference between steel-cut and rolled oats, the following description is straight from www.mccanns.ie (McCann's is a major producer of steel cut oats):

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Steel-Cut Oats are whole grain groats (the inner portion of the oat kernel) which have been cut into two or three pieces using steel discs. Golden in colour and resembling mini rice particles, they are as nature intended - nothing added and nothing taken out. Rolled oats are flake oats that have been steamed, rolled, re-steamed and toasted. Due to all of this additional processing they have lost some of their natural taste, goodness and texture.

One last bit of information bears mention when measuring your portion of oats... Regardless of how the oats are prepared (if you're grinding them, if you're using them in granola, if you're making pancakes, whatever the use may be) we take our measurements off the cooked volume of grains, assuming they've been cooked in the conventional manner, adding liquid. Oats more or less double in volume when cooked. That means if the recipe you're using specifies the use of ½ cup oats (unless the recipe contains the word "cooked," we assume it calls for uncooked oats), that ½ cup uncooked oats is the equivalent of 1 cup cooked oats.

A little something to look at if your weight loss has slowed and you've been using lots of oats...

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