What's The Deal With Oatmeal?

diabetesfree
By diabetesfree Latest Reply 2012-02-12 14:15:10 -0400
Started 2012-02-04 10:00:47 -0400

Most health advice that I read online these days shows Quaker Old Fashioned Oatmeal (not the instant type or one that comes in a package) claims that oatmeal is good for diabetics and should not cause a spike in blood glucose levels. For some reason, I seem to get the exact opposite results though. I am using 3/4 cup of oats and about twice as much water, heated in the microwave for about 3-4 minutes. I weigh about 210, yet my blood glucose levels always seem to spike 50-100 points shortly after eating oatmeal. I am not using any milk, toppings or sweeteners of any type. Has anyone else here had the same reaction?


78 replies

SCLWKR
SCLWKR 2012-02-10 10:57:47 -0600 Report

Some things just don't agree with our body chemistry. I can't eat a banana without a serving of protien or my BG will zoom. My nutritionist suggested to use the steel cut oatmeal and add some walnuts for protien. This will slow the rate at which it absorbs and hits your blood stream.

diabetesfree
diabetesfree 2012-02-10 23:26:41 -0600 Report

I seem to recall reading that banannas have a higher sugar content than just about any type of fruit. I'm guessing that they do not have a lot of fiber, either. For me, the best/worst food is pizza. Pizza will spike my blood sugar levels for DAYS. It's probably the pan crust with extra sauce that does it. It has always been one of my great addictions though.

Jaysayhay
Jaysayhay 2012-02-10 10:41:45 -0600 Report

Lots of good replies here. Let me add a tip. I add cinnamon and ginger to my oatmeal and sweeten with a little honey, because I have learned the cinnamon helps spur an increase of insulin,ginger settles stomach and eases arthritic pain and honey is a natural antihistamine…I also add protein to my brkfst. egg or meats or natural peanut butter on whole multigrain bread. I almost forgot, add a little vanilla to your oatmeal, yum!! By the way my type 2 diabetes is under control. I am convinced that breakfast, well balanced, is the key. My Doctors agree!

LisaLaraine
LisaLaraine 2012-02-08 17:45:13 -0400 Report

Unfortunately, all grains will raise blood sugar, and really NONE are slow carbs. The only way to make them slow is to add more fiber (I add ground flax seed to my oatmeal) and start your meal with protein. Eggs, ham, leftover chicken, lean steak, you know, even well-cooked bacon works. If you eat the meat/protein first, it will slow down the absorbtion of the grains, and the fiber added by the flax seed will do the same.

Maddie98
Maddie98 2012-02-07 21:41:29 -0600 Report

Oatmeal has never caused problems with me. But other cereals always spike me. Try eating some protein with your cereals. Eggs or sausage are good choices. Also Canadian Bacon!

Misspearl01
Misspearl01 2012-02-07 11:05:15 -0600 Report

Oatmeal. Any kind of cereal sends my bg's through the roof. It sucks. I miss oatmeal alot maybe one day we can eat it again I dought it but dreaming never hurts.

SCLWKR
SCLWKR 2012-02-10 15:59:46 -0600 Report

You don't have to give up this favorite food. Just make a few adjustments. Combine it with raw walnuts and drink a 12 oz class of water with it. I'll bet you will see less of a spike. Additionally, I use water instead of milk to make mine. ANd what is a spike for you? 160-190? There are many health benefits associated with oatmeal (fiber, lowering of cholesterol) that it doesn't have to be eliminated. Experiment with protiens along with it. And enjoy!

Armourer
Armourer 2012-02-06 16:58:08 -0400 Report

My reading is to use steel-cut oats. I don't use milk either. Some days it spikes, some days it doesn't. So my opinion is out on the matter. My steel-cut oats use 3-1 water. It makes about 4 servings, takes 15 minutes to cook.

MrsCDogg
MrsCDogg 2012-02-06 09:59:35 -0400 Report

I can't eat oatmeal either. Gets my sugar jacked up something awful. Just bear in mind that all the things we are told are "healthy" aren't necessarily. You have to find out what works best for you. For me I am better off staying away from all that starchy stuff, like oatmeal, and cold cereal. I like to stick to non starchy veggies, and some sort of protein.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2012-02-04 18:15:03 -0600 Report

I stay away from oatmeal. I do use steel cut oats from time to time, but it spikes me as well. It is a good thing that I am not much of a cereal eater. Can't touch most of that stuff.

diabetesfree
diabetesfree 2012-02-04 18:21:28 -0600 Report

O.k., is there ANYONE out there who does NOT have a problem with their BS spiking after eating oatmeal? For being so recommended by so many different books and medical websites, it seems strange that all of them are wrong. Go figure!

SCLWKR
SCLWKR 2012-02-10 16:04:01 -0600 Report

Sprinkle a tablespoon of chia seeds into it (tastless) and that adds more fiber thus slower digestion.

SCLWKR
SCLWKR 2012-02-10 16:02:33 -0600 Report

Have the oatmeal with cinnamon (lowers BG) and sweetner with a side of 2 morning star sausage patties for the protien. The key is protein protein protein!

CaliKo
CaliKo 2012-02-04 19:17:03 -0600 Report

I can eat 1/3 cup rolled oats cooked with 3/4 cup water. That is often my breakfast. I can eat the same amount of steel oats, too, but it takes so long to cook.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2012-02-07 19:24:49 -0600 Report

I have heard that folks will put it in a slow cooker, and cook a bunch at a time and let it cool in the refrigerator. Then they take out and a serving and zap it in the Micro

CaliKo
CaliKo 2012-02-07 20:19:34 -0600 Report

That's a great solution! I think the steel-cut oats are slower-acting carbs. Thanks James, I hope you are doing well.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2012-02-09 21:11:55 -0600 Report

yes anything less processed like the steel cut oats takes longer to for stomach acid to break down, and hence the longer digestion time which makes it a slower acting carb. I am doing well, thank you Caliko

Gabby
GabbyPA 2012-02-04 18:34:51 -0600 Report

I think it is all hype. Like most things that are good for diabetics. Add a little diabetic label and charge twice the money. They are always looking for something to market their products. So if it doesn't work for you very well, then I would just avoid it. I have done that to a few foods. I just don't eat them anymore because it isn't worth the headache and spike later.

Nick1962
Nick1962 2012-02-04 19:08:51 -0600 Report

Ditto that. Serving of oatmeal and a whole grain english muffin are both 26 carbs. I'd rather throw an egg and ham on that english muffin and get the same protein benefit if I'm taking the spike hit.

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2012-02-04 18:24:27 -0600 Report

Do you think that it might be the halo effect?

Oats/oatmeal get such high rating for reducing cholesterol which is big issue among heart problem prone diabetics, it may be more assumption of heart benefits that testing of BG rates.

Nick1962
Nick1962 2012-02-04 19:04:15 -0600 Report

I think you're onto something there Carol. I don't remember it being advertised as good for diabetics, just good for the heart. The background calim is that it's a "slow" carb.

Young1s
Young1s 2012-02-04 19:40:32 -0600 Report

I've posed the question in many different ways on line and all avenues lead back to oatmeal being a healthy choice for diabetics. Which makes me wonder, if so many of us have a negative effect on our BG's, has anyone actually tested actual diabetics before reporting their findings?

Nick1962
Nick1962 2012-02-04 19:51:55 -0600 Report

Good point. Maybe we should call out big oatmeal and ask for proof. I can't find any. The only folks I've seen who have no problem with it are those on medications or insulin.

granniesophie
granniesophie 2012-02-05 05:37:44 -0600 Report

What an excellent idea!! I'm up for doing it! Really, I will email a letter to them and see what reply I get. Give me a couple of days and I will get a letter going. I am on several meds, and my BG spikes like crazy. I never see a 200 anymore, and oatmeal does it!
Keep you all posted!

jayabee52
jayabee52 2012-02-04 14:40:16 -0600 Report

Yes, and I've used steel cut oats and even tried oat bran, with much the same effect. I have to cut the suggested portion size in half to give me an acceptable rise in BG levels.

Oatmeal used to be my breakfast of choice for me for a number of years even after my Dx with DM. Once I figured how to check out how foods affect my unique metabolism, I got a shock how my BGs were affected by my fave breakfast food.

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2012-02-04 16:03:34 -0600 Report

Oatmeal sends my BGs way up also, even when steel cut and without any sweeteners of any kind.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2012-02-04 16:11:07 -0600 Report

I thought of the oat bran would not be as bad for my BGs. I checked my BGs after 2 hrs and was shocked at how high the oat bran was after 2 hrs (and that was without sweetener, and cooked with water) . When I cut the portion size in half then it was more acceptable. but the amount wasn't enough to be really satisfying

kdroberts
kdroberts 2012-02-04 14:29:54 -0400 Report

The root sources that claim it won't raise blood sugar are those who will profit by selling it. It is almost 100% carb and will absolutely raise blood sugar. Eating protein and fat will help even out the spike as will portion size and not adding extra carb.

diabetesfree
diabetesfree 2012-02-04 11:17:59 -0600 Report

Glad to hear that I am not alone on this one! On paper, oatmeal should be an excellent food for diabetics. The last time I was hospitalized, that was about all they would serve me for breakfast. At first, I thought that it might have been the milk I was adding that was responsible, so I stopped using that. With no better results, I finally removed Splenda from the recipe. While removing the milk improved my BG levels slightly, just plain oatmeal with water still sends my BG through the roof. Could it be that I am overcooking it? I'm not really sure what to think at this point, other than I miss my oatmeal!

MEGriff1950
MEGriff1950 2012-02-04 11:33:08 -0600 Report

Hello, I have done a lot on online research plus I eat oatmeal often. Yes my sugar spikes shortly after eating but will return to a good BG about 1.5 hrs after. The research I learned that the fiber and nutrients in oatmeal outweigh the quick spike. When I make oatmeal I make it with 1/2 C unsweetened applesauce and 1/2 water. Then I add 3/4 C of frozen fruit (thawed). Berries are great tasting and add your fruit and anti oxidents especially blueberries. If you add a bit of cinnamon on top it will help the spike. Also eating a bit of protein helps, perhaps a hard boiled egg.
I usually boil up 6 to 8 eggs at a time, peel, and place in a ziplock bag and keep in my frige.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2012-02-04 20:42:37 -0600 Report

when I test for my tests of how a particular food affects my BG levels I test at the 2 hr mark and I find a suggested serving raises my BG too high to eat it at the suggested serving level. I have found that I could eat half of the suggested serving and have an acceptable BG (without added milk or sweetener) at 2 hrs after reading, but the half serving size just was not satisfying to me.

MEGriff1950
MEGriff1950 2012-02-05 00:44:57 -0600 Report

Those are some of the reasons that I add the fruit to try to get the recommended carbs and still get that added fiber.

Young1s
Young1s 2012-02-04 12:34:33 -0400 Report

It hates me too but I thought it was because of the sweetener I add to it. Never tried it just plain.

granniesophie
granniesophie 2012-02-04 10:29:55 -0600 Report

Love oatmeal, it hates me! Same spikes everyone else gets! But I can eat Cream of Wheat. No spikes. Go figure??!!

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-02-06 18:44:51 -0600 Report

I haven't tried cream of wheat since I was diagnosed. I might get brave enough. I loved it on cold snowy days. Oatmeal hates me, it is a mutual feeling.

diabetesfree
diabetesfree 2012-02-07 16:12:12 -0400 Report

Yes, do let us know about the cream of wheat. I haven't had any of that in years. I have no clue what is actually in in, but I suspect… wheat?

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-02-07 21:18:35 -0400 Report

I will. My husband stopped for groceries yesterday ad forgot the cream of wheat. H said he'd get some today. So I'll try it tommorrow if the nasty flue bug we're fighting at work doesn't get me.

diabetesfree
diabetesfree 2012-02-07 17:07:29 -0400 Report

I wouldn't expect the results to do that well then. Most wheat products are loaded with carbs from my experience.

jigsaw
jigsaw 2012-02-04 10:34:20 -0400 Report

Same here! Any kind oatmeal spikes my bg! I still have a small portion every once in a blue moon. I think 1/2 cup = approx. 27 grams of carbs.

cavie2
cavie2 2012-02-04 10:20:58 -0400 Report

We in Scotland call it Quaker's Porridge Oats or guid auld fashioned Porridge, I remember ma mither tellin' us as weans that she used to cook it thick during the war, line a drawer with greaseproof paper and when it was cooked she would pour it into the drawer and wait till it cooled down then it would be sliced up and eaten cold when food that was rationed was in short supply. Eeuuukk!!!

MewElla
MewElla 2012-02-04 10:05:00 -0400 Report

Oatmeal drives my bg#'s also. I stay away from this and it is a shame, since I always liked it before…