I enjoy eating both oatmeal and Cream of Wheat. Both are really good choices in terms of hot cereals, however, I've always wondered which is best to eat in terms of nutrition. I have read and heard about the benefits of plain oatmeal over the years. Yet a good, hot, bowl of farina is a nice change of pace for breakfast or a snack.
What is Cream of Wheat?
Cream of Wheat, as it is most popularly referred to, is actually wheat farina. Most people refer to its commercial name. Cream of Wheat is a processed carbohydrate. It contains some vitamins, minerals, calcium, iron and is somewhat low in calories (plain version.) The downside nutrition-wise is that it lacks fiber. This causes it to rank high on the glycemic index which in turn causes a spike in blood glucose and insulin levels.
Which is the Better Choice?
In my opinion, oatmeal is still the better choice between the two. Oatmeal is a whole grain and contains fiber, iron, vitamins and minerals. It is higher in carbohydrates, but it doesn't spike blood glucose and insulin levels. Oatmeal is also known to help lower cholesterol.
Keep in mind that oatmeal is best eaten without all of the added sugar. Same goes for Cream of Wheat. I tend to avoid the instant (flavored) oatmeal variety packs.