Why Rolled Oats Are The Best Kind
As one of the healthiest crops on the planet, oats are a naturally gluten-free whole grain that’s not only full to the brim with key vitamins and minerals but loaded with antioxidant plant compounds too. So why might rolled oats be this grain’s best form?
What are rolled oats?
In an oat’s most intact form you’ll find oat groats. They’re not the fastest or easiest to cook, but this is where you’ll find the most fibre.
Rolled oats have been slightly processed by having the groat husks removed before being steamed and, well, rolled into the flat and oval-shaped oats we’re more likely to recognise.
Rolled oats vs porridge oats
Whilst porridge oats might make for an instant breakfast, their nutritional value is significantly lower and their fibre content is also much smaller. So, if you can spare an extra few minutes to cook with rolled oats, then your body and digestive system will thank you in the long run.
Rolled oats health benefits
Even though some fibre is lost during the rolling process, what is left is easier to cook and digest, meaning that we get the greatest nutritional value from them.
Some of the oats’ best attributes include:
- Aiding weight loss
- Lowering blood sugars
- Lowering cholesterol
- And even reducing the risk of heart disease
Their nutritional composition is well balanced, with great quantities of fibre, carbs, fats and protein. Some of their top hitting vitamins and minerals like vitamin B1 and B5, copper, iron, folate, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc.
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by Fabian Jackson
Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.