Ask Levi: What About Malt-O-Meal and Cream of Wheat?
Today’s question is about Malt-o-Meal and Cream of Wheat, and if they compare to oatmeal…
I read a lot of magazines and talk to a lot of riders about what food to eat. I’ve been riding for only 2 years. Yet, no one ever mentions malto-meal, cream of wheat or cream of rice. Are these good to eat or should I just stick with Oatmeal? I eat them anyway, but not as a meal before riding.
I used to eat cream of wheat years ago. I liked it, but I’d get sick of it after a while and have to take a break.
I may have tried Malt-O-Meal but I can’t remember. I think that is very similar to Cream of Wheat.
Cream of rice… I’ve never actually seen that.
Along those same lines, I don’t think many of my buddies ever ate cream of wheat or even knew what it was. Whereas everyone just knows what oatmeal is. I’m not completely sure why, but the other hot cereals just don’t get any publicity it seems.
Oatmeal, I always liked it, and it was something I could eat every day.
Anyway, here are a couple reasons I don’t really eat cream of wheat or rice:
1. I already get whole grain wheat and rice in my diet.
I get plenty of wheat in my diet already from whole grain bread, pita bread, and sprouted grain bread. I don’t need any more.
I enjoy eating long grain wild rice or brown rice on their own, in their natural state. I’ve never felt a need to get more by eating a cereal made of it.
Oats on the other hand, I don’t really eat them outside of my oatmeal (and sometimes my homemade protein bars.)
2. These hot cereals are processed foods.
The main reason I skip hot cereals now is because they’re still processed foods. I think of them like the instant oatmeal packets you can get in stores – highly processed, contain too much sugar, etc.
The original Cream of Wheat is basically just wheat (no added sugars and flavors,) but it still reminds me too much of white flour rather than whole grains of wheat.
So I stick with oatmeal because I can get the oats plain and start fresh, which gives me much more control over the cooking process.