Is Instant Oatmeal Healthy?

People prefer the efficiency of a speedy breakfast, but is instant oatmeal a healthy choice?  Overall, oatmeal is one of the healthiest foods, but instant oatmeal may not provide your body with the nutrition you deserve.

Instant oatmeal is not as good for you as the old-fashioned oats that take some time to boil and prepare.  People hurried for time in the morning prefer tearing open a small pouch of flavored oatmeal and throwing it into a bowl of boiling water fresh out of the microwave. However, the pouches of processed oatmeal are not all that healthy.

Instant oatmeal, especially the flavored varieties, are full of sugar, preservatives and stripped of their nutritional value. They are high in calories and provide your body with a lot of sugar and very little nutrition.  There are options available in the instant variety that do provide nutrition, but most are found in health food stores.  These healthy varieties are organic, wholesome and low in calories.

While the packets of oatmeal are tasty, they do not provide the natural and wholesome goodness found in old-fashioned rolled oats or oatmeal.  Instant oatmeal is pre-cooked, processed and basically ran through the plant to strip all of its nutritional value.  This means that when you consume instant oatmeal, you are consuming highly processed foods and ingredients.  While it may take an extra few minutes to prepare, regular oatmeal is the much better choice.

2 comments for “Is Instant Oatmeal Healthy?

  1. Victor
    October 13, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    I’m not sure if instant oatmeal is truly bad or good for you but I eat the strawberry kind everyday once a day to keep cravings away. I think it tastes amazing, like dessert almost, and I think it’s better then reaching for something totally bad for you. This article though is making me feel like instant oatmeal is just as bad as cake or candy.

  2. Chris
    May 10, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    I’ve read a dozen articles on instant oatmeal and this is the only one that claims instant is bad for you.

    Every other article I’ve read says that instant has all the nutrition of regular, but you need to be wary of added sugar in the flavored kinds (which I can’t live without, personally) and the pre-preparation cuts down on the fiber.

    Now there is no question that regular oatmeal with no sugar is better then instant, but it tastes like drywall.

    Put a little sugar or even better some fresh fruit on instant unflavored oatmeal and know your getting a reasonably good start to your day.

    But don’t take my word for it, read around.

    Good luck!

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