I personally have never liked the taste or texture of oatmeal. This is unexpected because I like the taste of almost all foods I have ever tried. Oatmeal tastes OK to me only if it is loaded with brown sugar and cinnamon, etc.
I LOVE the taste of cold cereal, and I would eat if every day for breakfast if I could justify it. But I can't because of the carbohydrate load.
The very high-fiber cereals seem more reasonable to me, but I'd rather eat other things personally.
Professionally, I generally try to steer my patients AWAY from oatmeal and high-fiber cereals during the period of time that they are trying to lose weight and reduce their A1c.
I do steer them toward other breakfast options such as low-fat cottage cheese, fruit, Greek yogurt, light yogurt, lean breakfast meats (Canadian bacon, turkey ham, etc.) soy sausages, eggs (especially egg whites), and homemade protein shakes (100 calories of protein powder plus 100 calories from milk, almond milk, or fruit).
We bring back the oatmeal and high-fiber cereals once they are in maintenance mode.
I believe I am in the minority when it comes to my views on oatmeal and high-fiber cereal, however my concern is the high carbohydrate load. I am suspicious of whole grains and believe they interfere with weight loss and A1c reduction unless the dietary fat intake is very low, in which case I encourge eating these foods.
The instant oatmeal is pretty highly processed in order to get it to cook so quickly. I believe the research supporting oatmeal consumption is suspect. There are clearly much worse foods one could eat, but there are better ones, too.
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