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    Question **OATMEAL : LOW GI or HIGH GI?**

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    Just wanna ask if oatmeal is considered Low GI or high GI, I have heard some discrepancies about whether or not it is low GI or high. Anyinfo to put this at rest would be great. Reason I am asking is that I use this 2 hours prior to working out because it helps me get a great workout, although I am tryin gto avoid High gi carbs and go for little low GI and alot of fibrous carbs.

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    it depends on the brand you make

    f you use some pre-made oatmeals that have sugar or honey or fruits or cinamon then it's high gi ( but they are the best tasting ones.) if you make your own lik ei do from all natural oats and just add some dried apricots you'll be way low GI
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    straight oatmeal with no added sugar has a glycemic ranking of 54 (aprox) which is considered low
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    it depends on the kind of oatmeal you eat.If you eat some of thebarnds that have honey, cinnamon , fruits, sugar in them they are high glycemic.

    But if you eat the kind made you make yourself with real all natural oats ( add some dried apricots for low GI extra flavor) then it is low glycemic
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    Opting for the traditional old-fashioned oats (not the kiddie kind in the packages nor the instant kind in the tub) provides a low to moderate GI carb. However, even the GI of the aforementioned oats can be modified. For example, by eating the oats raw (yes, like a horse) will likely result in the lowest GI. Also, by cooking the oats longer, it is likely that the GI will go up, but I'm not sure to what extent. I am certain, however, that grinding or doing anything to cut the grains into smaller pieces will, in fact, raise the GI.
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    Originally posted by Timbo
    I am certain, however, that grinding or doing anything to cut the grains into smaller pieces will, in fact, raise the GI.
    I was wondering about this myself, as I eat oats several times a day-cooked, ground up in shakes, etc. But, if this is true, then would'nt simply chewing it raise the GI? BTW Timbo, congrats on breaking the 1000 post mark.
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    Thanks, drvn! Didn't even catch that:-) It seems to be a similar phenomenon (grinding and chewing), but I can't say for certain. One probably cannot break the grain down as much in his/her mouth as a mechanical grinder/blender does. And it's the process of making the particles smaller and more accessible, while breaking up the grain, that raises the GI.
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