Over the past few decades oats have become a very popular “health food”. Whether used as a cereal, or as in ingredients in baked goods, oats are a whole-grain nutrient powerhouse.
Though oats themselves don’t contain gluten, they can get tainted with gluten when they’re being processed.
- Oats are rich in beta-glucan, a fiber which is very beneficial in lowering cholesterol levels.
- Beta-glucan has also been shown to enhance immune function.
- The fiber and magnesium in oats may help to lower type 2 diabetes risk.
- Oats are an excellent source of manganese and molybdenum. They are also a very good source of phosphorus as well as a good source of copper, biotin, vitamin B1, magnesium, dietary fiber, chromium, zinc and protein.
Best Ways to Use
- A great way to start your day—add your favorite nuts and fruits to a piping hot bowl of oatmeal.
- Oatmeal cookies are a favorite for kids of all ages.
- Add oat flour or whole oats the next time you make bread or muffins.
- Sprinkle oat bran on your hot or cold cereal.
- Oat groats make a great basis for stuffing for poultry.
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