Oatmeal vs. “Oatmeal”

I eat oatmeal for breakfast every day. REAL oatmeal.  The ingredients in my Quaker Oats Old Fashioned oatmeal? “100% NATURAL WHOLE GRAIN QUAKER QUALITY ROLLED OATS.” That’s it!

I don’t eat “instant oatmeal.”  I don’t eat oatmeal with any other prepackaged/processed ingredients.  If you buy Quaker Oats Quaker Instant Oatmeal Maple & Brown Sugar, you get “WHOLE GRAIN ROLLED OATS, SUGAR, NATURAL FLAVOR, SALT, CALCIUM CARBONATE, GUAR GUM, OAT FLOUR, CARAMEL COLOR, REDUCED IRON, VITAMIN A PALMITATE.”

I add cinnamon (without sugar) and pure cocoa powder (a tablespoon of each!) to my oatmeal for flavor, and 2 scoops protein powder to stay satisfied longer.  Remember, breakfast eaters generally weigh less!

The NY Times “outs” this kind of “oatmeal:”

Like so many other venerable foods, oatmeal has been roundly abused by food marketers for more than 40 years. Take, for example, Quaker Strawberries and Cream Instant Oatmeal, which contains no strawberries, no cream, 12 times the sugars of Quaker Old Fashioned Oats and only half of the fiber

Yet in typical McDonald’s fashion, the company is doing everything it can to turn oatmeal into yet another bad choice…  A more accurate description than “100 percent natural whole-grain oats,” “plump raisins,” “sweet cranberries” and “crisp fresh apples” would be “oats, sugar, sweetened dried fruit, cream and 11 weird ingredients you would never keep in your kitchen.

So, eat oatmeal!  But make it “real” oatmeal. please.

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.


  1. how much oatmeal … half cup uncooked?

  2. I eat 2/3 cup before cooking. You, as a woman, might eat 1/2 cup uncooked.

  3. thanks for the post.. I find I was eating instant too much albeit, “clean” organic, still too much in additives.. going the old fashioned way today!!

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