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Cheated by the Quaker Oats Man

March 30, 2012

You see, even the Quaker Oats Man had to lose some weight to convince the public that he is still a symbol of healthy breakfast. Well not anymore, consumers are becoming smarter now…

During my childhood, the Quaker Oats Man seemed to be a symbol of healthy breakfast. Just realized that the Quaker Oats Man has cheated us for so many years.

First they say, No-cook oat meal is not the real deal. We must buy the whole oats and cook it ourselves. Now, I realized we should be eating the oat groats (meaning the actual grain, with the bran intact).

And then some healthy food shops also try to cheat us, by selling us Oat Bran

Bran is the outer covering of grain (this photo is the bran of oat groats)

Quaker Oats Man now looks slimmer (about 5 pounds lighter)..but still it does'nt work for me anymore

This is how Oat (groats) look like before the bran is removed and before the oat is flattened. Before all other processing is done.

According to Wikipedia:

Groats are the hulled grains of various cereals, such as oats, wheat, barley or buckwheat (which is actually a pseudocereal). Groats are whole grains that include the cereal germ and fiber-rich bran portion of the grain as well as the endosperm (which is the usual product of milling). Groats from oats are a good source of avenanthramide.

Buy the whole grain! It does not matter if it is oats, buckwheat, wheat or barley! Buy GROATS! Don’t be misled by buying the cereal and then the bran separately. Buy whole food!

In their natural form (as in whole grain), they are a rich source of vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, fats, oils, and protein. However, when refined by the removal of the bran and germ, the remaining endosperm is mostly carbohydrate and lacks the majority of the other nutrients

I am going to make oatmeal/buckwheat pancakes tomorrow…using the recipe below..however, instead of rolled oats.. I pre-soaked 1 cup of oat groats and 1 cup of buckwheat together (because buckwheat have high level of enzymes called phytase which will unlock all the nutrients in both grains)…For soaking I did not use yogurt/buttermilk, I used 1/8 tsp of Vitamin C powder in 1 cup of distilled water. The grains has been soaked for 24 hours at room temperature and is also resting for 12 hours now in the fridge.
Tomorrow, I will just have to add in the wet ingredients (e.g. egg, butter)..

replace 1 cup of rolled oats with 1/2 cup of oat groats and 1/2 cup of buckwheat groats. Butter and eggs will make this a complete meal

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