Various Types Of Oats For Health
We weight loss enthusiasts are so obsessed with Oats! What not do we do to make oats a part of our daily meal, whether we like it or not, we religiously shove it down our throats and feel happy about making at least one meal of the day healthy (Don’t judge me guys, I never understood what is so tasty about oats porridge, am partial about oats bar though or cookies).
Anyway, coming back to our oats benefits, rather than listening to my cribbing :p
Oats gain part of their distinctive flavor from the roasting process that they undergo after being harvested and cleaned. Although oats are then hulled, this process does not strip away their bran and germ allowing them to retain a concentrated source of their fiber and nutrients. With that said there is a variety available in the market, let’s get to know a few which are available easily in our markets.
Steel cut oats
These are whole oat grains which has been chopped into pieces. They take longer to cook than instant, ground, or rolled oats, typically 15–30 minutes (less, if pre-soaked). The flavor of the cooked oats is described as being nuttier than other types of oats, and they are chewier. These are the least processed type of oat cereal making them higher in fibre and helping you feel full for longer. These won’t taste so good made into porridge, so think baked items when buying this one!
These are produced by literally rolling the whole grain oat between steel or stone rollers, which smashes it and makes it thin. These are typically found in muesli or oats bar. They are rolled bit thicker and have a different texture than thin oats, the only difference it would make is the cooking time. These are a bit crunchy as they are pre cooked and toasted. I enjoy eating these any given time as muesli.
These are our regular oats, which we make porridge with. Instant oats, for us Indians. These are basically steel cut oats but cut finer and steamed then rolled into flakes. This process makes it easier to cook them and quick of course. They help make a finer, smoother porridge.
Finer than oatmeal, this is made by grinding and sieving oats. Don’t be mistaken with the reference of the word flour, since they have no gluten in them these will not act like our good old wheat flour and it won’t hold together when making roti or like. Use them as a replacement for Maida in baked items, healthy bhi tasty bhi :p
These are the basic oats available here n our markets with different prices. Choose them as per your requirement. For those of you looking to rely on them for higher fibre content go for the steel cut oats. And those of you wanting to just switch your gluten with healthier option go for flour or instant oats.
If you ask me, my personal favorite is the Rolled oats in form of muesli and oats flour I have started to incorporate in my bakery skills. Other useful tip would be mixing your whole wheat flour with some oats flour to make it healthier. If you do not find oats flour easily just buy some oatmeal and pulse it in the mixer.
By the way here is a quick look at what’s in store for you when you switch over to oats:
- Oats May Reduce Asthma Risk in Children
- Oats May Boost Nutrition Profile of Gluten-free Diets
- Oats Increase Appetite-Control Hormones
- Oat Beta Glucans Improve Immune System Defenses
- Oats Help Cut the Use of Laxatives
- Oats May Help Reduce the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
- Oats May Improve Insulin Sensitivity
- Oats Lower Bad Cholesterol
- Oats Help Control Blood Pressure
With This list of benefit it should be really hard to say no these super food… Yea this is the reason I shove it down my throat. Ok, here is my first oats experience, one day I decided to eat oats porridge since everyone praised how they just found their boon. I cooked them myself with a teaspoon of sugar. Then, the horror struck, the gluggy mass, the texture, the feel of it in your mouth… so all in all, I was put off! Then after a couple of years I found a few recipes right from porridge to bars to cakes. And trust me, there was no looking back. The porridge is still a problem due to an imprint of earlier experience may be, but just look below what I manage to produce with oats! Yummy right?!