Oatmeal vs. Cream of Wheat

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    Jan 02, 2009 1:36 PM GMT
    Not only interested in hearing which on you guys prefer, but also which one is "better" for you in terms of performance and getting a healthy dose of carbohydrates and nutrients.
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    Jan 02, 2009 1:43 PM GMT
    I always go with oatmeal, not sure but i think oatmeal mite have more fiber to feel you up more.
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    Jan 02, 2009 2:15 PM GMT
    Best for me, in terms of performance, is no grain at all. I fuel my workouts with fruit and venison.
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    Jan 02, 2009 2:29 PM GMT
    Carbohydrate wise, they are about equal per serving.

    Cream of Wheat has added sodium (over 300mg/serv).

    Oatmeal has more protein (about 5g/serv).

    Plus, I just like oatmeal more.

    I take 1/2 cup old fashioned oats, about a dozen raisins, and about 1/2 cup fat free/lactose free milk, and heat it all up in the microwave for a minute or so. Then, I add about a tablespoon of flaxseed oil, mix it all up, and eat. I also have a banana too...that's my usual breakfast before work every day.

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    Jan 02, 2009 2:34 PM GMT
    Steel cut oats or oatmeal (both from Quaker Oats) do it for me - as well as good cereals from the self serve bins in healthy grocery stores - like Sprouts.
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    Jan 02, 2009 2:46 PM GMT
    Oats are better - more energy - more fiber - harder to break down.
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    Jan 02, 2009 2:49 PM GMT
    Never had cream of wheat but I tend to put different fruits and berries on my oatmeal for breakfast before my morning workout. You'd be surprised to know the different possibilities you can add to it. Strawberries and bananas are my favorite next to raspberries and blueberries. Yum.
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    Jan 02, 2009 3:06 PM GMT
    our diets are so packed with wheat everywhere that I try to avoid adding it when I can.
  • fitone

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    Jan 02, 2009 3:11 PM GMT
    oatmeal really does lower your cholesterol level. I saw the results in my annual physical when I stopped eating oatmeal and switched to other cereals for a year.
  • DuggerPDX

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    Jan 02, 2009 4:40 PM GMT
    Oatmeal and dried fruit every morning for breakfast. I think it's a big contributor to dropping my total cholesterol level from 171 to 157 over 18 month's as well as my HDL up to 48 and LDL down to 100. I swear by it. I like McCanns quick cooking the best when I don't have time for traditional steel cut, 1/2 c with 1 cup water and 2 minutes in the microwave. Amazon.com believe it or not has great pricing on oatmeal, especially when you set it up on auto order.
  • sracer

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    Jan 02, 2009 5:30 PM GMT
    Oatmeal is way better than CofW More fiber more protein less salt
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    Jan 02, 2009 7:34 PM GMT
    Both equally. Although CofW is mostly empty calories and there are a lot of documented health benefits of oatmeal. oatmeal will make you feel more full due to the fiber content.
    a better question would be: Oatmeal, old fashioned vs. minute vs. instant?
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    Jan 02, 2009 8:13 PM GMT
    They're both roughly the same except cream of wheat has a higher glycemic index and a little less nutrients than oatmeal. I typically don't eat the wheat because it's just a little faster than I like it to be, and I normally pass up the oatmeal in favor of grits because they have an even lower GI than the other two.
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    Jan 02, 2009 8:41 PM GMT
    Oatmeal, grits, and wheat farina are all good. Pick your poison.

    For reasons of performance, the answer would be contingent to how your body responds, the event you are participating in and so on. It's just a common sense thing.

    E.g., if you are doing heavy weight lifting, say squats, a very fast carb can be good, or for glycogen upload post workout, very, very, very, fast carbs can be extremely useful. For an endurance event, however, a slow carb, placed in fat, may be a much better choice for performance.

    The poster did not qualify his question as to event, sport, body type, goal, and so on, so it's impossible to give a qualified reply.

    In general slow carbs are better, the differences between grits, oatmeal, and farina aren't that much.

    If the poster or anyone else is interested in the glycemic indexes, google can point you to a variety of resources. As well, the USDA PCS 20 food calculator will provide extensive nutritional information so that a person can decide how to tune their diet towards their particular activity.

    I personally would lean towards oatmeal as the more healthful of the three, because it provides soluble fiber, carbs in an unrefined state, and a bit of good fat.