Oatmeal Oratory

28 Jan

My new morning work routine is having a piece of fruit, followed 30 minutes or so later by some oatmeal. At the time I began this routine, I had a stash of Quaker Maple and Brown Sugar Weight Control in my desk drawer. With seven grams of protein and six grams of fiber, that and the fruit kept me pretty satisfied until lunch.

When I ran out of oatmeal and was looking to replace the box, I came across Quaker Oats Cinammon Swirl High Fiber. The joining of Weight Watchers has renewed my interest in how many grams of fiber are in the foods I eat. This product has 10 grams of fiber — four more than the weight control oatmeal — and four grams of protein — three less than the weight control.

While both products have the same point value in Weight Watchers eyes (though I don’t agree with this — you’d think a 10-gram product would have more ‘staying power’ than a six-gram product), I’ve noticed that the high fiber oatmeal isn’t keeping me as full in the morning as the weight control oatmeal was.

This surprised me, because I thought the higher in fiber something was, the fuller you felt for a longer period of time. I’m now realizing that the extra protein in the weight control cereal was possibly keeping me fuller.

My friend Jennifer thought maybe the serving size of the weight control oatmeal was larger than the high fiber, but I just checked and both packets are 45 g.

So there’s my oratory for the day. Oh, and I like both oatmeals, they are pretty tasty for instant!


2 Responses to “Oatmeal Oratory”

  1. roberto 28 January 2009 at 10:19 pm #

    I have been trying to loose weight for a few years now. Quit all the refined carbs, and other so called junk foods. I thought I was eating what most refer to as a “healthy and balanced” diet … you know, whole grains, veggies, fruits, lean meats, and “good fats”. I lost about 35 lbs over a 5-month period back in 2006 and kept it off for 2 years. However I was (am) still fat.

    Then I recently discovered that I may have metabolic syndrome (I have 4 of the 5 characteristic conditions — Google it). Anyway, I got myself a free glucose meter and discovered that the so called good-for-you whole grains were spiking my blood sugar levels … even small apples and yes, Red Mill’s wholesome thick rolled oats cooked with almond milk (not the sugared high glycemic instant type). Healthy right? Not if you have metabolic syndrome also known as insulin resistance.

    I went to a paleolithic diet of lean meats, non-starchy veggies, nuts, berries, and olive oil and I have begun losing weight again … 20 lbs since Thanksgiving. No more “healthy” whole grain carbs for me.

    Nonetheless, I do hope the oatmeal works for you.

  2. Lisa 29 January 2009 at 10:15 am #

    I remember reading about metabolic syndrome in the book ‘Skinny Bitch,’ I think. I’ll have to look that up.

    Thanks for the info!

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