Oatmeal – The New Fad Food

English: Oatmeal Русский: Овсяныехлопья

Oatmeal has been around longer than I have which means it’s been around a long long time.  It’s been the staple of the prune-eating crowd for years as well as the school age child.  How many children have woken up to find a bowl of hot oatmeal, fresh out of the microwave, ready on a winter day. Something has changed. Suddenly oatmeal is everywhere in ready to add water and eat containers from McDonald’s to my local gas station mini-market.

I know we baby boomers are aging, way to quickly I might add, but why has oatmeal become the “it” food?  Some sources say it’s because the FDA now allows food with oat bran or rolled oats to say on the label that they might reduce heart disease.  That’s not the usual American way – the eat your way to health – we’re more into take a pill or vitamin and all medical problems will be solved sort of society.  Quick fix, that’s us.

A Sprinkle of This – A Dollop of That

Down here in the South we’re used to eating grits with our breakfast.  Grits have fiber; I just looked that up. Why the change in breakfast habits then?  I don’t have a clue.  I can tell you though that we American’s haven’t lost our food touch.  We eat oatmeal ostensibly because it’s good for us but in order to take it palatable we add a few extras.   Since Waffle House introduced their oatmeal  (it’s actually made from scratch not out of a packet) I have been watching other diners.  Bob #1 takes brown sugar on his.  Bob #2 adds honey.  Someone else at the end of the counter asks for butter.  Personally I prefer 2 creamers, some honey for sweetness and a sprinkle of cinnamon. (Caveat – you have to take your own cinnamon to WH)  I can’t forget my husband, he’s a 3 – 4 creamer diner with pecans mixed in with the honey.  Are any of those options heart healthy?  I seriously doubt it.  They’re all probably canceling out any benefit of the oatmeal.

English: Waffle House Logo

Again – Why Oatmeal as a Fad?

Hubby has been pushing bran as nature’s broom for several years.  He talked a lot about bran but didn’t really eat any.  Now that oatmeal is so readily available he has jumped off the bran bandwagon and is totally on the” oatmeal is saving my life” one.

Oatmeal, because of its high fiber content and complex carbohydrates is supposed to stabilize blood-glucose levels and keep me feeling full longer.  Right!  The magic of fiber and complex carbohydrates apparently doesn’t work for my brain.  I had my bowl of morning fad food less than 2 hours ago and quite frankly am already wondering if we have any cookies, oatmeal would be good, around the house.  A PB&J would work in a pinch.

Healthy Food for Not – You Tell Me

Salud! Healthful eating to you.  Do you have other foods that appear healthy but with a few changes taste better but no longer are as good for your body?  Let me know you favorites.

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Salad bar from a Pizza Hut restaurant in İstanbul

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