Sunday, December 20, 2009

All About Oats


Oats are probably on of the most familiar grains to most people. But that doesn't mean they aren't just as good for you! Here are some of the great benefits to the grain you already love.

Health Benefits:
  • Oats contain more soluble fiber than any other grain, resulting in slower digestion and an extended sensation of fulness.
  • contains beta-glucans, which have been proven to help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, and therefore lower heart disease
  • Oats can be used in gluten-free diets, and are safe for celiacs if pure.
  • Low in fat
  • high in protein
  • easily digestible

What Oats are good for:

Oats generally are used in one of four ways: Oat groats (or kernel form with the hull removed), oat bran (or the hull of the kernel), rolled oats, or oat flour. You are already familiar with eating rolled oats in porridge form, granola, or as an ingredient in cookies.

I love to make granola, and I also often use oat flour to make bread. Oats are great in that they are pretty straight forward. They are already used so well by Americans, that you probably already use them in lots of different ways!

Click here for my recipes using Oats

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