Should instant oats be cooked more than reccomended 5 min?

Discussion in 'Starches, Fiber, Legumes' started by freal, Jan 24, 2014.

  1. freal

    freal Member

    Jun 18, 2013
    Ray Peat says oats should be well cooked, if you buy the instant ones should you cook them more than the 5 minutes reccomended in the instructions?
  2. 4peatssake

    4peatssake Member

    Feb 7, 2013
    Re: Should instant oats be cooked more than reccomended 5 mi

    I don't think instant oats are very healthy.

    I use steel cut oats and cook them for 30 minutes stove top or 8 hours on low in the slow cooker.(Thank you HDD!) They taste a lot better than rolled oats in my opinion. I've just begun experimenting (haven't eaten oatmeal in decades!) but have found they helped greatly with bowel function.

    Here's some info on the different types of oats.


    HDD posted this recipe for steel cooked oats in the slow cooker.

    I found and am using this one. I prefer the liquid ratios with this recipe.
  3. BingDing

    BingDing Member

    Nov 20, 2012
    Tennessee, USA
    Re: Should instant oats be cooked more than reccomended 5 mi

    I don't think it matters, freal. I think the starch is already pretty broken down. It would also turn into a glutinous mush.

    I agree with 4ps, steel cut oats taste the best. But unlike her I've been eating it for decades, it just always agreed with me. A scoop of vanilla ice cream and a big dollop of maple syrup was my favorite topping but I'm using simple syrup now, as long as I'm trying to be strictly Peat.

    The recipe on the link 4ps gave is the one I've always used, 4 parts liquid to 1 part oats and simmer for 45 minutes. I tried cooking it for 55 minutes once, I don't think it made much difference.

    FWIW, the soluble fiber in oats is called beta-g and the science of it reducing cholesterol is good enough that the FDA allows Quaker to make the claim on its packaging.

    Sorry for hijacking the thread but I want to go on. In June 2012 my doctor didn't like my cholesterol numbers so I started thinking about my health and diet. The standard advice was 25g of fiber a day so I upped my oatmeal intake and started using psyllium. Being a guy I figured the more the better, and after a few weeks I was getting 60+g of fiber a day. Bowel function indeed; usually twice a day and it's never been more enjoyable.

    If that's tmi, stop reading now. Because towards the end of that experiment I was seeing bacterial colonies on the exterior of my stool. Of all things. Once it was a bunch of small, bright yellow dots and once it was a skein of thin red lines.

    Being a guy, I just said "isn't that interesting". I was reading a lot about the benefits of bacteria in the large intestine at the time and figured it was all OK. And I guess it was.