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Oatmeal and Salt

How much salt is there in Oats

Oats is a grain. There is no salt. However, it is often cooked with added salt.

Salt and Cooking Oatmeal

The amount of salt is minimal. I might use a pinch of coarse salt per serving of cooked oatmeal, or none at all. Quaker's U.S. website says a dash for one serving, McCann's Irish website doesn't mention salt. [1], [5] If I do add salt, I use less than Quaker suggests, and I add it to the water.

How much is a Quaker "dash"? Qaker suggests 1/8th of a teaspoon for two servings [that is: TWO CUPS of WATER and ONE CUP of ROLLED OATS]. A Quaker "dash", then, is 1/16th of a teaspoon. [1]

How much salt do other ridiculous web pages suggest? You would not believe the silly answers — one more reason to be wary of answers on the internet.

The range of bad suggestions, even untasty and unhealthy:

  • WORST and SILLIEST ANSWER I've found: on eHow: .5 Tablespoons – that's 1 teaspoon per one cup of water. [2] WAY too much, eight times as much as Quaker suggests. 1 Teaspoon of salt is 2300mg (milligrams) of sodium -- a whole day's suggested sodium intake is only 1500 to 2400 mg. [3]
  • 1/4 teaspooon per cup serving [at 1/2 cup dry oats/serving], on That's four times too much. [4]
  • 1/4 teaspoon per cup of water, with steel cut oats, on That's still 4 times. [5]
To put this in perspective: The entire daily salt intake, from home cooked meals and processed foods during the day elsewhere is ONE TEASPOON of table salt.

As of the time of my original research – the content of the following pages may have changed:

[1] On the Quaker oatmeal packaging, the 18oz or 42oz tubes, and also found at "product-frequently-asked-questions.aspx" on

[2] "how_5420479_cook-oatmeal-raisins.html" on

[3] "presenter.jhtml?identifier=4708" on

[4] "how-to-cook-oatmeal" on

[5] "Cook-Steel-Cut-Oats" on

[6] "preparation.html" at

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