Sneaky Quaker Oatmeal Nutrition Facts

By | May 16, 2014

The other morning before work I hit the grocery to grab some breakfast I could keep in my desk. (Because I’m always running out the door with no time to eat). I browsed the oatmeal selection and I was firstly disappointed I didn’t see anything jumping out to me as superior or healthy. So I was looking through the Quaker boxes and compared 2 different variety packs, “Weight Control” and “Lower Sugar.”

Sneaky Nutrition Fact Label Comparison

Here’s a Quick Comparison of the Nutrition Facts which led me to my decision (Based on Maple Brown Sugar Flavor in each)

Lower Sugar:
Calories: 120
Fat:  2g
Carbs:  24g
Fiber:  3g
Sugar:  4g
Protein:  4g

Weight Control:
Calories: 160
Fat:  3g
Carbs:  29g
Fiber:  6g
Sugar:  1g
Protein:  7g

 

So I was particularly interested in Fiber, Sugar, and Protein. The clear winner was Weight Control, with double the fiber, 1/4th the sugar, and extra protein. I also knew the extra calories and fat content would help keep me satisfied longer. So I picked up the Weight Control variety pack and hit the checkout.

When I got to work, I prepared my bowl of oatmeal- the first flavor I grabbed, which was Cinnamon. It smelled pretty good. I took my first bite and almost spit it out. I could tell immediately that it was loaded with some artificial sweetener (poison). Low and Behold as I read the Ingredients I found Maltodextrin, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Acesulfame Potassium, Sucralose. The one that jumped out at me was sucralose – I knew that was an artificial sweetener. But I had to do a little extra research to figure out more about maltodextrin and what the heck was acesulfame potassium!?

Maltodextrin

It’s a polysaccharide used as a food additive. It’s made in a lab and put into processed foods like candy and soda. It digests quickly and is absorbed rapidly as glucose (can you say sugar spike?)

Natural and Artificial Flavor

Pretty self explanatory, more science lab food. uck.

Acesulfame Potassium

It’s an artificial sweetener, also known as Acesulfame K or Ace K (K = potassium). It is marketed under the trade names Sunett and Sweet One. It was discovered by a chemist by accident. It’s approved by the FDA of course, despite research suggesting effecting neurometabolic function in just 40 weeks and other results suggesting chronic usage of acesulfame K may alter of neurological function.

Sucralose

It’s an artificial sweetener sweeter than sugar, saccharine, and aspartame. This is probably what caused me to almost spit it out. You may also know sucralose as Splenda. From my research I see it’s also known as “Candys” (sounds like a slang drug word right?)

 

So with that said, I will be trying to pawn off this box of packaged oatmeal garbage and looking for an alternative to stash in my desk. When I’m home I use plain Quaker Old Fashioned oats and a little bit of pure maple syrup.

How many times have you experienced buyer’s remorse after grocery shopping?

2 thoughts on “Sneaky Quaker Oatmeal Nutrition Facts

  1. Suburban Finance

    I would say it’s hard to get artificial chemical free packaged foods… There will always be something rather unhealthy in them, no matter how hard you try to avoid it. I think it’s not that bad if we eat that kind of stuff in moderation. Nevertheless, I will say that the plain versions are usually better in terms of nutrition value since they don’t use artificial sweetener.

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    1. Bex Post author

      Exactly. I have been trying to eat less processed and more natural foods for the past 8 months or so. I get the plain old fashioned oats at home but I was trying to go for convenience at work. I just wish I had read the ingredients before checking out. I wound up giving away the remainder of oatmeal packets because it was just that gross.

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