Saturday, March 5, 2011
Pardon me, but I'm about to go off on a rant here.
Today on Facebook I found myself chatting on someone's page about, of all things, oatmeal.
This individual was lamenting that he didn't like oatmeal. I suggested that it was because he was eating processed instant oatmeal at which point he said it was "Quaker Weight Control" oatmeal in cinnamon flavor.
Sounds yummy. NOT.
Curious as to what was "weight control" about instant oatmeal, I did a little research.
WHOLE GRAIN ROLLED OATS, WHEY PROTEIN ISOLATE, MALTODEXTRIN, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, SALT, OAT FLOUR, CALCIUM CARBONATE, GUAR GUM, CARAMEL COLOR, SOY LECITHIN, ACESULFAME POTASSIUM, SUCRALOSE, NIACINAMIDE*, REDUCED IRON, ...VITAMIN A PALMITATE, PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE*, RIBOFLAVIN*, THIAMIN MONONITRATE*, FOLIC ACID*.
Ouch. I can't even pronounce half this shit.
Ok, and in case you're wondering about what makes it "weight control...they added whey protein to up the protein content.
Here's the nutritional breakdown for all those chemicals, in case you're interested:
At 45 grams for the whole packet (which includes all the sugar and additives) you're probalby consuming about 1/3 of a cup of actual oats here. If that. So, 7 g's of protein and 6 grams of fiber? That's what makes this "weight control"?
What if you made 1/3 cup of REAL OATS with 8 oz. skim milk and added a little stevia and cinnamon? How about 12 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber??? And 182 calories that will fill you up and stay with you for hours. And it takes about 3 minutes in the microwave.
Need a little more fiber? Eat a piece of fruit.
The choice seems pretty simple to me.
Posted by Sara at 9:02 AM