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    Considering Eating Oatmeal For Breakfast

    On most mornings I eat high omega 3 eggs and vegetables cooked in coconut oil. One or two days a week I eat Greek Yogurt with berries, chia seeds and a little coconut milk. I'm getting a little tired of this routine and am contemplating eating steel-cut oats. This summarizes some of what I've recently read about oatmeal.

    "Foods rated lower than 54 on the glycemic index (GI) are considered low. Foods rated between 55 and 70 are medium-GI foods. Foods rated over 70 are high GI foods. The goal is to eat low-GI foods, or combine high-GI foods with low-GI foods or fat and protein to limit blood glucose spiking. Steel-cut oats rate low at 51, so you can eat as much of them as you want.

    Oats are also high in soluble fiber. That means that not only do they digest slowly, keeping blood sugar levels low, they also help to prevent certain types of colon cancer. Oats also help to lower low-density lipoproteins by grabbing onto them and excreting them from the body before they have an opportunity to accumulate on the inside of the coronary arteries, which can lead to a heart attack."

    What I currently read about oatmeal makes it sound like one of the healthiest foods available. I don't seem to have any sensitivities to grains, and I don't need to lose weight. Would eating oatmeal be a wise addition to my morning breakfast? Are the health benefits of oatmeal, as stated above, true or bunk?

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    I dont know about the validity of the health benifits stated, but eating Oatmeal always made me feel sluggish & I was always starving within 2-3 hours, & I mean sick to my stomach starving....

    Nowadays I have a big breakfast of eggs, meat & some vegies, and dont eat again untill supper time (about 11 hours most days) as im simply not hungry
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    Quote Originally Posted by DinoHunter View Post
    I dont know about the validity of the health benifits stated, but eating Oatmeal always made me feel sluggish & I was always starving within 2-3 hours, & I mean sick to my stomach starving....

    Nowadays I have a big breakfast of eggs, meat & some vegies, and dont eat again untill supper time (about 11 hours most days) as im simply not hungry
    This is me, exactly

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    Quote Originally Posted by DinoHunter View Post
    I dont know about the validity of the health benifits stated, but eating Oatmeal always made me feel sluggish & I was always starving within 2-3 hours, & I mean sick to my stomach starving....
    Same here. Also when just eating rolled oats with milk (which is normal here in Denmark). I was thrilled when I learned it was better for me to ditch it

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    Mark did a post on oats a while back. What I remember him saying was that oats were one of those foods that just aren't that good by themselves. You have to add butter and sugar or something to make them palatable. They are a starchy grain, and as such, most around here avoid them like the plague. I think if you ate oatmeal a few times a month or so, it would be just fine, but if you are adding honey, sugar, syrup or anything to sweeten it, you'd be better off with a food you can eat without having to sweeten it.

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    chowstalker should have some breakfast recipes if you want more variety besides oats

    and oats are great with butter and brown sugar
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    Yeah here is Marks post Are Oats Healthy? | Mark's Daily Apple. Basically he calls it better than wheat, but worse than rice.

    Personally, even back when I was taught that oats were a pancea of health benefits I couldn't stomach them without adding butter, cream, sugar, and cinnamon to such a degree that you probably wouldnt recognize the mush as oatmeal anymore. Anything that needs that much doctoring just probably isn't worth the effort IMO.
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    Honestly if I was looking for something oat-like I'd make something with white rice instead. I've never had it myself, but I've been told that white rice with some milk and salt is fantastic. I've had "arroz con leche" which is similar, but is a dessert and therefore not suitable for breakfast.

    Note though, that no matter what you choose you're going to get a lower-nutrient breakfast, essentially just a shot glucose so I would choose the fat/protein breakfast over either option.

    I don't normally eat breakfast (before 10 am, that is) but if I do it's almost always left over dinner, in other words: meat.

    Interestingly, before I started primal I'd eat oatmeal quite often, but it's probably the only food I haven't touched since. I've eaten far more offending non-foods (junk food, etc) but not oatmeal, mostly cus it was a breakfast staple and I never ate it outside of breakfast. I don't miss it really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iniQuity View Post
    I've had "arroz con leche" which is similar, but is a dessert and therefore not suitable for breakfast.
    Man, that brings back past christmas memories.

    You can control how much sugar you'd put into it, or none at all, but keep the cinnamon.

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    the problem I have with oats is that it becomes a slippery slope (like with most things non-primal). You may feel great the first few times or even weeks...then you let it creep in more and next thing you know you are gaining weight, feeling sluggish and cloudy headed...and cannot figure out why-- Then an AHA moment happens and you curse the oats!

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