The fantastic health benefits of the lowly bowl of oatmeal...

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    Oct 01, 2008 2:40 AM GMT
    In a fit of pique and spite over Caslon's alleged quest for 10,000 posts, it was observed that Caslon must not work due to his inordinate number of posts. So it is with great trepidation that I post yet again. But it is a topic of such potential interest to our community that I dare it.

    Caslon enjoys an evening bowl of oatmeal fortified and flavored with sliced banana and raisins. Oatmeal is advertised as beneficial in lowering cholesterol. And being a curious fellow....when he isnt otherwise occupied posting on RJ....he wanted to understand more about this claim. But as is sometimes the case when one heads of in one pursuit, a quite different goal is acheved, he discovered an equally interesting health benefit from oatmeal. It stimulates the immune system.

    Oatmeal is a good source of Beta-glucans. A brief summary of the beneficial actions of these glucans is quoted below:

    "Beta 1,3-D glucans are being referred to as biological response modifiers because of their ability to activate the immune system.[3] However, it should be noted that the activity of Beta 1, 3-D glucan is different from agents that stimulate the immune system. Agents that stimulate the immune system can push the system to over-stimulation, and hence are contraindicated in individuals with autoimmune diseases, allergies, or yeast infections. Beta 1, 3-D glucans seem to make the immune system work better without becoming overactive. They accomplish this by activating phagocytes, which are immune system cells whose function is to trap and destroy foreign substances in our bodies such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites.[4] In addition to enhancing the activity of phagocytes, beta-1,3 glucans also reportedly lower elevated levels of LDL cholesterol, aid in wound healing, help prevent infections, enhance NK cell function, and help in the prevention and treatment of cancer."

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beta-glucan

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oatmeal

    Now to go check out any benefits from cinnamon.

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    Oct 01, 2008 8:52 AM GMT
    Oatmeal is great. I think a survey on peoples diet (in my country), would reveal oatmeal as a potential national dish of Denmark. we eat it a lot, especially for breakfast, but I might also eat a bowl any time of day as a fast meal.

    (and yes, it is very much used in the same way as bread crums in meat balls/loaf and the like)
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    Oct 01, 2008 10:34 AM GMT
    I have 1 1/2 cups (dry measure) every morning with cinnamon, raisins, and splenda. I love it.
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    Oct 01, 2008 11:20 AM GMT
    I love oatmeal, I have it with rasins and honey.
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    Oct 01, 2008 12:51 PM GMT
    I have been eating more oatmeal. My question is are they all the same (instant / quick cook / regular).
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    Oct 01, 2008 1:13 PM GMT
    I make pancakes out of oatmeal - they are sooooo good!

    Ingredients:

    6 egg whites
    1 Cup of non fat or low fat cottage cheese
    1 Cup of oatmeal
    2 packets of splenda
    1 tsp vanilla
    2 tsp cinnamon (or to taste - I add more)

    Mix it all up in a blender (Put the egg whites and cottage cheese first - if you add the oatmeal first - its really hard to mix) into a nice thick batter.

    It makes about 6 pancakes. Three is one serving.

    Top them off with some mixed fruit and sugar free syrup!! (I buy the frozen mixed berries and heat them up in the microwave).

    Deeeeelish!!!
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    Oct 01, 2008 1:42 PM GMT
    Well I love boysandberries on oats!

    My daily ritual is rolled oats with a handful of mixed berries for breakfast. The oats keep my bad cholesterol in check and the berries give me all the anti-aging oxidants I need:

    http://dole.com/Products/Products_Detail.jsp?CatGroupID=8&ID=122

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2004/12/041220012512.htm

    http://preventdisease.com/home/weeklywellness174.shtml

    I mean with all that ammo, how can one feel inadequate to tackle the challenges of the day!?
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    Oct 01, 2008 1:59 PM GMT
    Oatmeal is one of my favorites. Fast and easy meals are normally really bad for you. Oatmeal is one of the exceptions.
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    Oct 02, 2008 6:15 PM GMT
    last year I went to Japan and I brought 2 kg of oatmeal in my suitcase. I've lived there as a student before and never saw oatmeal in a japanese supermarket (so I missed it for a whole year). anyway this time my 2 kgs lasted exactly the 3 weeks I was there. icon_smile.gif

    raw with raisins and milk is a classic,

    hot porridge with a knob of butter, honey and milk was my favorite food as a kid.
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    Oct 02, 2008 6:25 PM GMT
    Yeah a gluten intolerance runs in my family, so I avoid it

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    Oct 02, 2008 6:37 PM GMT
    an ex-??? of mine has oatmeal every morning with a scoop of Muscle Milk and strawberries and bananas - and a side of scrambled eggs. It's great. It's become my morning routine - although I also add in a bagel with peanut butter as I'm trying to gain weight - AGAIN!

    YUMMY!!!
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    Oct 02, 2008 6:43 PM GMT

    I'm aware of the health benefits, but I hate eating cooked oatmeal. I just mix a dry cup with juice and chug it before I can even taste it.
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    Oct 02, 2008 7:02 PM GMT
    I've been eating it every morning for years. I spike it with dried cherries and, unfortunately, brown sugar. It's like dessert!
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    Oct 02, 2008 7:16 PM GMT
    I've been eating it for years. I've gone through various ways of making it since I tire of a certain way after a a year or so of eating it.

    I've...

    -Eaten it with milk, blueberries, splenda

    Then I stopped drinking milk

    -Then I ate it with soy milk, blueberries, splenda

    Got tired of that, so now...

    -I eat it with regular water and splenda.

    If I'm bulking I'll add blueberries.

    As a pre-workout meal, I mix cashew butter into it to spice it up a bit.

    I love oatmeal.
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    Oct 02, 2008 11:57 PM GMT
    Oatmeal also tatstes great mixed with: a can of tuna or sardines or salmon or olive oil or a scoop of peanut butter or shredded parmesean and chopped raw garlic or.....
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    Oct 03, 2008 12:15 AM GMT
    i really wished I liked Oatmeal. I can't stand the taste or the texture!
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    Oct 03, 2008 1:02 AM GMT
    jonboy320 saidI make pancakes out of oatmeal - they are sooooo good!

    Ingredients:

    6 egg whites
    1 Cup of non fat or low fat cottage cheese
    1 Cup of oatmeal
    2 packets of splenda
    1 tsp vanilla
    2 tsp cinnamon (or to taste - I add more)

    Mix it all up in a blender (Put the egg whites and cottage cheese first - if you add the oatmeal first - its really hard to mix) into a nice thick batter.

    It makes about 6 pancakes. Three is one serving.

    Top them off with some mixed fruit and sugar free syrup!! (I buy the frozen mixed berries and heat them up in the microwave).

    Deeeeelish!!!


    This sounded good, so I made them for dinner... best pancakes I've ever had!
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    Oct 03, 2008 2:55 AM GMT
    I like the taste and texture of oatmeal, and I used to eat it before my workouts. But, even though I would eat it an hour and a half before going to the gym, I'd be burping it up during the workout. So, I stopped eating it, and with that, there is no longer any grain at all in my diet. Never felt better...
  • vindog

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    Oct 03, 2008 11:02 PM GMT
    muchmorethanmuscle saidOr I use a coffee grinder and make bread crumbs from it to substitute for any bread crumbs that might be required for items that I bake or prepare.

    I try to avoid wheat products as one of the guidelines for adhering to an inflammation free diet. Using a coffee grinder to make a bread crumb substitute is great. You can't tell the difference. I use it this way when I make casseroles or salmon burgers. I'm sure it can be used for meatloaf as well but I don't eat red meat.


    Brilliant! I'm totally going to do that.


    I also found some flaxseed meal in my fridge that my roommate was eating while trying to eat gluten-free. I think that would be good instead of bread crumbs too, eh?
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    Oct 07, 2008 2:57 AM GMT
    Steel cut--only icon_smile.gif
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    Oct 07, 2008 3:00 AM GMT
    i love teh oatmeal!

    i like nuts and fruit with some brown sugar on mine.

    mmmmmmmmmm
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    Oct 08, 2008 2:37 PM GMT
    xKorix saidYeah a gluten intolerance runs in my family, so I avoid it



    Oats don't have any gluten in them. Most people with Celiac's can eat oats. The one's who can't are hyper-sensitive to gluten which can appear in small amounts due to the factories they are processed in.

    So eat up icon_biggrin.gif
  • DJZ77

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    Oct 09, 2008 3:05 PM GMT
    Wow... pretty much sums it all up for me! icon_eek.gif After reading this thread, I decided that I was pretty much done with my usual breakfast routine, which consisted of either pancakes or eggs, potatoes and toast and on occasion I would try to eat healthier by having an egg white omelette with veggies. It wasn't that bad, but I always felt extremely full and sluggish after eating breakfast. I've now been eating Oatmeal on a daily basis for the last two weeks and I feel so much better. I feel full after eating it, but not the kind of feeling that your stomach is about to pop, I just feel satisfied. Oh and an added bonus... Breakfast used to cost me around $6 dollars, now it comes up to $1.75... so what's not to love about it! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 09, 2008 3:24 PM GMT
    Quaker Steel Cut Oats - what I try to eat almost every day. This and fresh fruit, and fresh squeezed lime, orange and grapefruit juice with all my vitamins are what keep me going.
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    Oct 21, 2008 5:08 AM GMT
    I love oatmeal!

    That's all.


    Joe