Monday, 22 August 2011

Whole Grain Oats, a tour of "The Seed of Life"

Our Oats are sourced from Gluten Free Oats LLC or GF Harvest which is their new branding.

The texture of these oats has been quite consistent over the 2 years we have been importing them.  A light fluffy, creamy oat that takes a few minutes to cook.

Here is a little tour of this unique grain which gives you an insite into it's health benefits.

"The Seed of Life", is the reference made to wholegrains, because they are seeds that supply the first nourishment from the plant. 
Wholegrain seeds are made up of 3 layers as per the diagram to the right.

  • Bran
  • Endosperm
  • Germ

    Bran relates to the outer shell of the grain which is mineral rich, high in fibre, high in B vitamins and protein.



    Endosperm is the starchy portion which is the middle layer of the seed.  This is the main energy storage unit of the seed for carbohydrates, protein and small amount of B vitamins.
    Germ is the nutritient rich core of the grain.It's the smallest part of a grain but packed with nutrients. The germ sprouts into a new plant, so it holds rich supplies of key nutrients such as minerals, B & E vitamin and phytonutrients.
     



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