What You Should Know
Quaker Oatmeal has been in pantries and cupboards since its market debut in 1877. Oatmeal has been a popular breakfast cereal, both hot and cold, since then. In more recent years, oats have come back into favor as a whole grain that can help maintain a healthy weight and reduce cholesterol levels.
Quaker Oatmeal now comes in several types. The original old fashioned Quaker Oats are the thickest and least processed of the rolled oats and therefore the healthiest. The old fashioned oats take approximately five minutes to cook up as oatmeal cereal and can also be used in oatmeal cookies and oatmeal bread. The Quaker Quick Oats are a thinner rolled oat and take only one minute to cook.
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A popular more recent addition to the Quaker line up is the Instant Quaker Oatmeal. This product comes in individual serving pouches in many different flavors such as Maple & Brown Sugar, Apples & Cinnamon, and Peaches & Cream. These packets only need boiling water added to provide instant oatmeal. The rolled oats are cut more finely to be able to cook faster but otherwise, they are the same oats as used in the Quaker Quick Oats.
Medical research suggests that traditional, or steel cut, oats are the healthiest of all. Steel cut oats retain the hull, where most of the nutrition is, and are cut into two or three pieces, rather than steamed and rolled. Steel cut oats have a lower glycemic index than rolled oats which is important in some dieting circles. Quaker Oats offers steel cut oats but, in our experience, they are more difficult to find on store shelves than their more convenient cousins.
The Quaker Oats website offers many recipes using the different styles of oats. They also provide complete descriptions of all of their products along with ingredient lists for their flavored oatmeal products. Quaker also presents a section on weight management where customers can sign up and customize their own plan using Quaker Oats.
- Oats have been proven to be heart-healthy and reduce cholesterol.
- Quaker offers some oat products that have a low glycemic index.
- The Instant Oats are convenient for busy families.
Quaker Oatmeal has been clinically proven to be an important source of whole grains and fiber which contributes to heart health. We like that Quaker Oatmeal does not contain fillers and preservatives. The unflavored oats are pure unadulterated oats and the flavored ones provide a full ingredient list. Quaker Oats makes it easy to incorporate more oats into your diet by providing recipes on its cans and also on its website. This is definitely a healthy food staple that can only benefit anyone’s diet.