The World’s Healthiest Foods Description of Oats
Posted by terrepruitt on March 27, 2012
Oats are easy to grow because they can grow in soil that other crops cannot grow. Oats have a lot of health benefits including fiber, antioxidants, and phytochemicals. Because of the fiber and the nutrients a breakfast of oatmeal is often recommended as great way to start the day. I do not like oatmeal and realized in writing this oat series that I haven’t bee that found of oats at all. Since it has been a while since I have not liked them I forgot that I just didn’t like them. They are really chewy. But I do believe in the nutritional value and I am happy that I like them now. I still do not believe that I like oatmeal, but I really don’t need to since there are really so many ways you can eat oats and get the benefit of all the great things they contain.
I love the website The World’s Healthiest Foods. Here is what they say about the different types of oats:
“Oats gain part of their distinctive flavor from the roasting process that they undergo after being harvested and cleaned. Although oats are then hulled, this process does not strip away their bran and their germ allowing them to retain a concentrated source of their fiber and nutrients. Different types of processing are then used to produce the various types of oat products, which are generally used to make breakfast cereals, baked goods and stuffings:
• Oat groats: unflattened kernels that are good for using as a breakfast cereal or for stuffing
• Steel-cut oats: featuring a dense and chewy texture, they are produced by running the grain through steel
blades that thinly slices them.
• Old-fashioned oats: have a flatter shape that is the result of their being steamed and then rolled.
• Quick-cooking oats: processed like old-fashioned oats, except they are cut finely before rolling
• Instant oatmeal: produced by partially cooking the grains and then rolling them very thin.
Oftentimes, sugar, salt and other ingredients are added to make the finished product.
• Oat bran: the outer layer of the grain that resides under the hull. While oat bran is found in rolled oats and
steel-cut oats, it may also be purchased as a separate product that can be added to recipes or cooked to
make a hot cereal.
• Oat flour: used in baking, it is oftentimes combined with wheat or other gluten-containing flours
when making leavened bread.”
I think that fact that oats do remain “whole” even after being processed (harvested and cleaned) is a great testament to the hardiness of this grain. While I imagine that the least healthy of the oats described above would be the “Instant oatmeal” kind because they might already come with other ingredients added, but since oats sound “superfood”y to me, I would think you would still gain some benefit from them.
So seeing this description of oats might allow you to see how many different ways you can get oats. It seems with them available in so many different forms it would be easy to add them to your diet even if you don’t like oatmeal.