Of all the superfoods, oats in all its forms may not be number one, but it’s right up there, according to the Food Channel.
Previously, I wrote up Mr. Lazy Cook’s awesome oatmeal.
Check it out for a fast simple way to fix very tasty oatmeal.
Herewith the top 10 good things about oats
1. Oats are a source of soluble and insoluble fiber.
2. Oats may help with weight control.
3. Oats are a whole grain.
4. All oat forms are equally nutritious. Steel cut, old fashioned oats (5 minute), quick oats (1 minute), and instant oats are different forms of the same thing – whole grain oats. On an equal weight basis, there is no nutritional difference between steel cut oats, old fashioned oats, quick oats and regular unflavored instant oatmeal. The only difference is the way the oat has been cut and/or rolled. Cutting and rolling affect cooking time and baking use, not nutritional content. I love this. I have foodie friends who sniff that they only eat steel cut oats.
5. Oats are the only major grain proven to help reduce blood cholesterol.
6. Oats offer many nutritional benefits.
7. Oats are packed with flavor
8. Oats add texture.
9. Oats are quick, convenient and full of variety.
10. Oats are versatile. Oats go beyond the breakfast bowl. Try them in meatloaf/meatballs, as a coating for chicken and fish, and as a partial flour replacement when baking. Quick or old fashioned oats can be substituted for up to one-third of the flour called for in recipes for muffins, biscuits, pancakes, loaf-type quick breads, coffeecakes, yeast breads, cookies and bars.
Rolled oats 1/2 cup (dry) is 150 calories, 3 grams of fat, no cholesterol or sodium, 27 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein.