With an endless array of instant oatmeal brands flooding the supermarket shelves, choosing one can seem intimidating. Find out information about some of the best-tasting oatmeal brands available today from the following article.
January is titled as the National Oatmeal Month, and more oatmeal is consumed during this month than any other time of the year. This may be because hot cereal is preferred during this cold winter month!
Oatmeal is touted to be among the healthiest breakfasts you can have, and is considered to be the ideal food to start the day. While nothing beats the slow cooking, old-fashioned or steel-cut oats, our busy schedule leaves us scrambling for the instant variety. Instant oatmeal cooks in a matter of 1 to 2 minutes, owing to the fact that they have been finely cut.
High in soluble fiber, vitamins, cholesterol-lowering compounds, etc., this quick and healthy option comes in different varieties. Today, we’ve got oatmeal in all kinds of flavors, right from those including cinnamon, etc., to those with dark chocolate, etc. However, most of these flavored kinds are packed with sugar, artificial flavorings, and preservatives. So, we’re going to stick to the regular or classic version.
While most of these oatmeal brands offer an array of flavors and various other options, in this NutriNeat article, we’re only considering their plain or classic type to have a common base for comparison.
Introduced in just 2010, this oatmeal brand has climbed the ladder of success really soon. They’ve been titled as the #1 breakfast choice by Dr. Oz. They’ve also introduced their new ‘steel cut instant oatmeal’ version, which takes only 2½ minutes to cook. This version aims to provide the flavor and texture of slow-cooked, steel-cut oats in shorter time. Supermarket Guru, Phil Lempert touts their latest endeavor as a ‘hit’! The only drawback of this brand is its high sodium content, and that it’s not certified as organic (some of its cereals are).
What’s interesting about this brand is its environment-friendly packaging. Unlike other brands, it uses lesser packaging, thereby, wasting less packaging material. Moreover, lesser packing means lesser space to store the same oats. Their little instant packets also double as measuring pouches (comes with a fill line), making things even more convenient.
Besides being high in soluble fiber, according to the information from their website, this brand is also high in calcium, iron, and various vitamins and minerals. So, QUAKER oats ranks high in the health quotient. In terms of flavor, its nearly perfect toasty flavor and not mushy or runny consistency make it a favored breakfast brand in many households across the country. This legendary brand offers a wide array of hot cereal varieties with oatmeal variations for weight loss enthusiasts, health-conscious people, kids, etc.
Quaker has come up with a ‘dino eggs’ instant oatmeal version, which is marketed to attract children. It comes with little eggs that melt to reveal colored dinosaurs. However, you have to take into consideration the artificial flavoring and coloring you’re letting your children ingest just to finish their bowl of oatmeal.
Then there’s the ‘flax plus’ version, which is a blend of rolled oats and flaxseeds. On the packaging, you’ll find a bold claim of ‘350 mg OMEGA 3’, which clearly touts the presence of flaxseeds and the health benefits accompanied by it. However, this variation does contain a large amount of sodium and even sugar (organic evaporated cane juice) for that matter, as compared to similar brands.
Note: The brand is looking into its sodium issue, and even invites consumers to write to them if they find their oatmeal too salty.
Note: The brand doesn’t offer a plethora of variations and sticks to the simple apple cinnamon flavor and a maple-spiced version, but with scores of flavors flooding the market shelves, simplicity stands out.
Note: Their flax version contains sugar and sodium, so check the labels carefully.
While choosing your oatmeal brand, take a look at the ingredient list. The simpler the list, it’s most likely the better it will be. Having said this, this is not a universal rule, and there are various good brands out there that like to specify every detail, so keep your eyes open and peruse through the ingredient list. A brand with low sugar (preferably zero) and sodium content, and no artificial sweeteners and flavorings should be the one you pick.