The MANY health benefits from oats:
- Low in calorie, and will keep you fuller longer
- Provides high levels of fiber, low levels of fat, and high levels of protein
- Stabilizes blood sugar and reduces risk of diabetes
- Protects against heart disease and cancer
- Enhances immune response to disease
Different kinds of oats:
- Irish or Scottish oats, this variety is made when the whole groat is cut into several pieces, rather than rolled.
- used for porridge, to make meatloaf and savory congee (a nice alternative to rice), or add texture to stuffing.
- Old-fashioned or whole oats, rolled oats look like flat, irregularly round, slightly textured discs.
- used for warm breakfast bowl, granola bars, cookies, muffins, and other baked goods.
- Quick oats, instant oats are the most processed of the three oat varieties. They are pre-cooked, dried, and then rolled and pressed slightly thinner than rolled oats.
- used for oatmeal, biscuits, oatcakes, scones and crumble toppings.
- Oat flour is finer than oatmeal, and is made by grinding and sieving oats. As with oatmeal, the flour can be coarse, medium or fine.
- use for making bread or cakes.