4 Types of Oats and Their Health Benefits

Breakfast is not necessarily the most important meal of the day. That is just another myth that marketing has created to sell us breakfast foods, there are actually no studies proving that. However, you can’t deny that breakfast (or brunch) is the most delicious meal of the day! So why miss out on the pleasure? Oatmeal is an incredible, nutrient-dense grain that has been around since the Bronze age. The first cultivated oats were found in caves in Switzerland. Oats contain a lot of fibre, the coarser they are, the more fibre they have. Read on for 4 Types of Oats and Their Health Benefits.

Oats have a lot of antioxidants and help cholesterol regulation in the body. They also contain components that support skin health. They are a long-lasting, slow-burning source of carbohydrates, acting as a robust and dependable source of energy keeping us satisfied for longer.

There are several types of oats, and in different countries these types are called differently. Their name depends on the type of grind or cut.

1. Porridge (instant) Oats

These are the most commonly used type these days. They are easy to make and do not even require cooking, they can just be covered in hot water and soaked for a few minutes. These are finely ground oats, and have the fastest release of glucose into the blood, which may cause an energy spike in some individuals.

2. Rolled Oats

These are a lightly processed type of oat. They are whole oats steamed and pressed by a roller to create flat grains. These oats are less creamy and take longer to cook than instant, but it also.depends on the brand. This type of oat grain retains quite a high amount of fibre and more nutrients, as they are only lightly processed.

3. Steel Cut Oats

The most natural type of oat, with the highest amount of fibre. They take around 40 minutes to cook, so it would be best to make them in a multi-cooker. They are delicious and creamy, but need a good amount of time to prepare.

4. Oat Bran

These have the outer layer (shell) of the oat grain ground up finely. They contain the highest amount of fibre and are lowest in carbohydrates. The taste is considered slightly inferior to the other oat types, with a less pleasant texture. Cooking is quick and easy, and takes just a few minutes.

Do you eat oats regularly? Which types give you the most energy and do you enjoy the most? Let us know in the comments below, and join in the conversation on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. Stay tuned for our next oaty feed which will cover 5 delicious recipes! In the meantime, feed on some extra health food insight Top 5‘s in 2020 and staying limber in lockdown, you’ll still be able to KEEP YOUR Fit ON!

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