Filled With Goodness
Oats contain a higher proportion of protein, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, copper, manganese, thiamine, folate, and vitamin E per gram than other whole grains.
Just one cup of this healthy grain provides four grams of fiber.
Beta glucan, a type of soluble fiber in oats, has been shown to reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. Researchers compare oats to “tiny sponges that pick up cholesterol and carry it out of the body,” according to the American Institute for Cancer Research.
- Rolled or old-fashioned oats means the grain is flattened on rollers to form flakes.
- Quick-cooking oats are sliced before they are rolled.
- Steel-cut, or coarse-cut, oats are not rolled or flattened but are cut into small nuggets. They take longer to cook than rolled oats, but using a pressure cooker, soaking overnight, or toasting shortens preparation time. Steel-cut oats have become popular for their hearty, chewy texture.
Use oats as a coating for fish or chicken.
Add oats to vegetable soup for extra flavor, nutrition, and texture.
Substitute oats for up to one-third of the flour when baking breads, cakes, cookies, or muffins.
Use oats instead of crackers or breadcrumbs in meatloaf.
Top a fresh fruit crisp with oats.