Oatmeal part of carbohydrate discussion.

By RosalieM Latest Reply 2014-11-30 08:24:41 -0600
Started 2014-11-19 13:52:44 -0600

Lets talk about oatmeal as part of the carbohydrate discussion. Oatmeal comes in four forms:
Instant, quick, old fashioned and steel cut. Instant oatmeal is like eating sugar. Instant oatmeal is made by cooking and drying the oatmeal to make it instant. Little digestion is need so it shoots blood sugar up almost as much and as fast as sugar. Quick oatmeal isn't much better than instant. Old fashioned is somewhat better as more digestion is needed so blood sugar rises more slowly. The best oatmeal for blood sugar control is steel cut oats. The reason is the tighter the grain is bound, the starch in it isn't as visible, the longer it takes to digest, the more slowly blood sugar rises. Slow rising blood sugar is always good as the body can use it for energy before it turns to fat and you will not get hungry as quickly. The ideal is steel cut oat made into oatmeal with a couple of teaspoons of resistant starch fiber added per serving. The oatmeal will digest even more slowly and blood sugar will not raise as fast or high. Some people cook oat bran, a fiber which may be as good as steel cut oats especially if you add a couple of teaspoons of resistant starch fiber to your serving of oat bran. In theory this should work. I have not tested a comparison of steel cut oats to oat bran cooked. If anyone has tested please share the result. Steel cut oats takes longer to cook. If it is soaked in the cooking water overnight, it cooks more quickly. Steel cut oats can be cooked in crock pot and frozen in serving size containers. This will make steel cut oats that is instant. Place serving in a class bowl with cover and microwave.

40 replies

Pegsy 2014-11-26 20:14:50 -0600 Report

I didn't think I could have oatmeal until I discovered steel cut oats. Now I have it for breakfast most week day mornings before work, in the winter time. I add cinnamon, stevia and unsweetened almond milk. Sometimes I add ground flax seed for additional fiber.

I cook it in a slow cooker on the weekend and store it in the refrigerator, taking about 1/2 cup per morning throughout the week,

RosalieM 2014-11-29 08:49:28 -0600 Report

Lets not worry too much about typos. Otherwise I am in trouble as typos are inevitable for me. Thanks everyone.

RosalieM 2014-11-27 07:01:19 -0600 Report

Great Pegsty, The tighter the grain is bound the less it raises blood sugar.
I was diabetic 25 years before I found that out. Instant anything is not good.
Maybe you will want to try whole barley or whole rye in place of rice and potatoes. They are really good and tightly bound. Along with steel cut oats, they do good things for your blood lipids.
Grandma Rose

Pegsy 2014-11-29 19:08:44 -0600 Report

Thank you for the suggestion. I will give them a try. I am particularly interested in trying barley. Any cooking suggestions?

RosalieM 2014-11-30 08:03:30 -0600 Report

Either whole rye or barley can be cooked in the crock pot. Don't over cook it as you don't want the grains to explode as that bursts out the starch. I freeze either of them in serving size containers and pop them in the microwave to thaw and /or heat. Once cooked you can keep them in the refrigerator for about a week. Grandma Rose

BreC 2014-11-24 17:31:01 -0600 Report

I used to eat oatmeal alot when I was younger but don't care for it now. I did try to eat some about a week ago. Ended up throwing it out. I added low fat milk and truvia but still couldn't eat it.

Angie Type 1
Angie Type 1 2014-11-23 11:32:10 -0600 Report

I recently visited Nashville TN and the Omni Hotel had steel cut oatmeal and I ate it every morning…Loved it and I did notice that my sugars didn't spike and I could walk around the city for hours without feeling hungry again and with such energy!!! I need to find them in PA where I live.

RosalieM 2014-11-30 08:05:04 -0600 Report

That is how it works. Works the same way with whole wheat, rye and barley. The whole grains have resistant starch fiber on them. I gets lost when ground into flour. Grandma Rose

haoleboy 2014-11-20 21:09:05 -0600 Report

My preference is rolled oats as they are cheaper than steel cut and when eaten uncooked they are very high in resistant starch (I tried eating steel cut 'raw' … not a pleasant experience).
I makes either a trail mix or muesli (that I mix with Greek yogurt)
never have figured out a tasty way to incorporate potato starch in my diet.


RosalieM 2014-11-30 08:21:23 -0600 Report

Steve ,
Have you tried toasted rolled rye? I think it tastes I like better than rolled oats. Rye doesn't raise blood sugar as much as oats for some reason. Grandma Rose

AnneApple 2014-11-28 04:02:28 -0600 Report

Hi, you eat raw rolled oats?

haoleboy 2014-11-28 12:03:52 -0600 Report

if you want to give it a try here is a link to info on muesli (and a pretty good recipe)


haoleboy 2014-11-29 19:54:57 -0600 Report

this will give you an idea … don't get hung up on a recipe … I start with rolled oats and go from there as I always have a good variety of "fixin's " in the pantry. as mentioned in the article watch your portion size as the carbs can add up quickly. I will either eat it "straight up" or mixed with about a 1/2 cup of yogurt and a few fresh berries.

RosalieM 2014-11-30 08:12:23 -0600 Report

Looks good , but one of the recipes uses Agave nectar. Not good, as agave nectar is akin to high fructose corn syrup. It is extremely high in fructose, like high fructose corn syrup, it can cause a fatty liver is used too much, as it clears through the liver. The recipes are good if something other than Agave is used. Grandma Rose

Pegsy 2014-11-29 21:01:38 -0600 Report

Thank you for posting this. I see what you mean about not getting stuck on a recipe. I have so many great items for this in my pantry already. I would love to try it with some unsweetened shredded coconut. I can't wait to make this and add it to some Greek yogurt.

haoleboy 2014-11-29 21:56:56 -0600 Report

you can make up a big batch in advance… or … I like to grab a bowl, throw a 1/4 cup of rolled oats, 1 tbsp. ground flax and 1 tbsp. chia seeds in as a start and make a small amount for 'right now'. I usually add cinnamon but other spices work well … being as at this time of the year there is always pumpkin pie spice I have been using that lately. also (in small quantities) I do throw in dried fruits from time to time, current favorites being raisins and banana chips.
let me know if you come up with some good combos.

RosalieM 2014-11-21 07:02:01 -0600 Report

Try resistant starch fiber in the form of Hi maize. It is easy to use and does not change the flavor or textures of foods to which they are added unless you use too much.
Grnadma Rose

H8havingDiabetes 2014-11-20 18:31:15 -0600 Report

Where do you get resistant starch fiber?

RosalieM 2014-11-21 07:15:13 -0600 Report

If I could be your friend, I would tell you privately where to get Hi maize, not permitted to do so here. How do I ask people to be my friend. I don't know how. I am sure it is right in front of me, but I don't see it.
Grandma Rose

suecsdy 2014-11-21 17:44:56 -0600 Report

I've had trouble with that too. Also cannot upload a picture. I'm sure that has something to do with my computer though.

RosalieM 2014-11-22 06:26:53 -0600 Report

I think my problem has something to do with me. I don't see the obvious when it comes to computers. When I was young, our technology consisted of a phone and a radio. That was it. The phone didn't even have a dial. You had to call an operator and she had to plug you in. Just like on the Andy Griffin Show. Grandma Rose

jayabee52 2014-11-23 12:37:46 -0600 Report

Rose, click the person's icon or screen name and you will see their profile come up. On that profile there will be a blue button below the icon pic which should say something like "connect". When that is clicked you'll get a choice of "friend" or "follow". when you select the friend option, you will be presented with a friend request. click the button below the request and then you'll have to wait for the person to accept. This is how it is done on the computer.
I have no idea as to how to do it on a smartphone or tablet app.

RosalieM 2014-11-23 13:43:52 -0600 Report

Another question, some places when clicking the Reply button, you can only type one line. It is hard to correct typos
when you can only type one line. Am I causing that or can the space be enlarged in some way? Grandma Rose

jayabee52 2014-11-28 05:16:52 -0600 Report

Rose, I have the same problem on my computer. I just have to use the scroll arrows to get around in the edit function. I don't think there is a way to enlarge it. I admit that this is rather a drag to correct typos. (and I am rather anal about typos)

jayabee52 2014-11-20 16:36:20 -0600 Report

Howdy Rosalie
Neither steel cut (aka "irish oats") nor oat bran is kind to me and my metabolism. I have not tried either with RSFadded. I may have to do that as I really used to love oatmeal in the morning. Perhaps with the addition of RSF it might put oatmeal back on my meal plan again.

Thanks for this

God's best

RosalieM 2014-11-21 07:06:51 -0600 Report

Actually James,
I don't eat oatmeal for breakfast either. I like it and resistant starch whould make it less of a problem. I eat mixed unsalted nuts for breakfast with a tiny amount of dried fruit mixed in. I don't have to cook them and I don't seem to get tired of the nuts either.
Grandma Rose

jayabee52 2014-11-29 21:56:20 -0600 Report

Rose, I wish nuts would be allowed on a dialysis friendly meal plan, but whole grains as well as nuts are contraindicated for such a plan as I am on dialysis.


roxanne bohnnow
roxanne bohnnow 2014-11-19 17:41:21 -0600 Report

I know of only one place where I can get steel cut oats already cooked and that is at our local hospital cafeteria. Still looking for some place where I can buy then for myself.

RosalieM 2014-11-21 07:31:17 -0600 Report

You can't get steel cut oats already cooked, you have to cook it. If you don't have to cook a food yourself, it is not good for you as it is processed. Grandndma Rose

jayabee52 2014-11-20 16:41:46 -0600 Report

Howdy Roxanne
I found steel cut (aka "Irish oats") in most oatmeal sections in the grocery store.
Sometime it takes a little looking as the most of the display is set up to promote the instant in the little packets as that is from where their profit comes.

God's best to you

roxanne bohnnow
roxanne bohnnow 2014-11-20 17:29:10 -0600 Report

Even our hospital has to have steel cut oats shipped in from out of state. I have asked customer service at the two largest store chains in town about it and they both tell me if their warehouse doesn't stock it they wont get it. Nice.

RosalieM 2014-11-21 07:32:15 -0600 Report

It is probably already on the shelf but the people you talked to don't know what it is. Grandma Rose

jayabee52 2014-11-20 17:53:20 -0600 Report

where on God's green earth do you live that they don't stock steel cut oats? That puzzles me. If you have a Walmart near you could check there and if they don't have it you could ask to have it shipped to you free, site to store. You can see the selection of steel cut or irish oatmeal here ~ http://www.walmart.com/search/search-ng.do?se...

Failing that you may order it over the internet here ~ http://www.bobsredmill.com/organic-steel-cut-...

Praying you have success in finding it.

RosalieM 2014-11-20 07:30:31 -0600 Report

Try a bulk food store if you have one in your area. Another name for steel cut oats is Irish Oatmeal. Maybe you can find it under that name.
Grandma Rose