Sunday, April 14

What is Oatmeal ?

You do love oatmeal, right? And by the way, how to decide which type of oats to add to your breakfast in the morning? To have the most benefit of oats you must remember that the less processing the go through the healthier they are.

Below are the different types of oats from least to most processed:

1. Groats
Groats are minimally processed whole oats with just the outer hull removed. They are quite chewy and need a good soaking before use. Groats also take some time to cook. The groats are loaded with nutrients, try throwing some in your slow cooker!

2. Steel-cut Oats or Scotch Oats
These are oat groats that have been chopped into smaller pieces. The steel cut oat is the chewiest form of oatmeal and provides the most textural expreience. This type of oat also does well in the slow cooker and even better in your tummy.

3. Rolled Oats
Rolled oats are simply oat groats that have been steamed and put through a roller so they cook more quickly. They are also known as old-fashioned oats.

4. Quick Cooking Oats
This is one of the most common types of breakfast oatmeal. Quick cooking oats have been cut into smaller pieces before being steamed and rolled more thinly than regular rolled oats. The type of oats usually takes about three to five minutes to cook.

5. Instant Oats
These oats have been rolled even more thinly and pre-cooked – hence their “instant” nature. Instant oat may be convenient but they are often loaded with unnecessary salts, sugars and flavorings.

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