Are steel cut oats the healthiest oatmeal?
Are steel cut oats the healthiest oatmeal? Honestly, I'm very fond of steel cut oats, leaning my somewhat biased response to: "Yes!" Steel cut oats, short of cooking full oat groats, is the least processed of oatmeal commercially available, and the less time in processing involved, generally the better the fiber and nutritional content.
However, when it comes to eating healthy versus subjective preferences, I'm strongly of the opinion eating old fashioned oats is just as healthy if it's a consistent choice over sweet pastries or cupcake-sweet muffins. Even quick-cooking minute oats is doable for the chronically impatient, although I question the unfortunate gloppy texture. Seriously, eating oatmeal porridge with a little bit of sugar or dried fruit or chopped bananas or apple is significantly far better than most cold cereals.
I will draw a line as to the nutritional mockery of instant oats. That sad product has been processed and sugared into a cooked mess, once microwaved, that is suspiciously close to wallpaper paste. There is nothing to forgive in instant oats as the nutrition has been steamed away to be re-fortified and much of the fiber benefit chopped to smithereens for sake of instant gratification that will hit your system with a sugar high. Surely anyone is able to get up 15 to 20 minutes earlier in the morning to do old-fashioned oats at least.
Not only will your digestive system thank you with regularity, but my grandmother was right in her statement that oatmeal "will stick to your ribs", meaning it should keep one from flipping hangry until noon time. Oatmeal in all its coarser forms, such as old fashioned rolled oats and steel cut oats are complex carbohydrates, meaning they will digest slowly without spiking a blood sugar rise.
Depending, of course, on how much sugar or fruit or milk is poured over the hot bowl of cooked oats. A little chopped apple or banana is doable. Maybe a sprinkle of brown sugar and cinnamon. A small drizzle of maple syrup over a dollop of plain yogurt for a protein jump. A soft-boiled egg, sprinkled herbs, and small handful of sharp cheddar for a savory fix. Truly an unadorned bowl of oatmeal is a wide playground for additions to vary and satisfy the appetite.