Wednesday, 27 January 2016

So Much to Celebrate About GF Oats

My attention this month has been bought to an article I found written by Lisa McCoy, who is a family and consumer-sciences educator with the University of Maryland Extension in Washington County.

She was sharing that January is National Oatmeal Month in the USA. Fancy that, a month dedicated to this little grain.

I love some of the comments she made in the article and have shared them below.

Many people think of oatmeal as a cold-weather food, but it is a great addition to diets all year long. Oatmeal is a whole grain that provides soluble fibre. It is an important source of nutrients such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, iron, magnesium and selenium.

Common types of Oats available

There are different types of oatmeal available in grocery stores. Some of the most popular types include steel-cut oats, rolled oats and instant oatmeal.

Steel-cut oats, also called Scotch oats or Irish oats, are natural, unrefined oats that are cut into pieces by steel blades. They take longer to cook than rolled oats and have a nutty, more robust flavour.

Rolled oats have been steamed and rolled flat. The process stabilizes the healthy oils in the oats so they stay fresh longer, and helps them cook faster. These are the old-fashioned and quick-cooking oats on grocery-store shelves.

Instant oatmeal is more processed because the oats have been rolled out thinner and steamed longer so they take less time to cook. Instant oatmeal usually has added salt, sugar and flavouring, so read the labels carefully.

Storage suggestions

I agree with Lisa’s suggestion to Store oatmeal in a cool, dry place in a covered container and use it within one year. I would also suggest storing the GF Oats in the freezer or refrigerator. This extends the best before date and maintains the freshness of the product.

Health Benefits of Oats

The health benefits of oats are many and varied, but if you are a diagnosed coeliac you need to be aware that 1 in 5 coeliacs may have a reaction to the uncontaminated oats, so please seek medical advice before consuming. However if you are one of the lucky ones and can have the oats, it is very beneficial and gives you a lovely breakfast option daily.

Soluble fibre in oatmeal is healthy for the heart. It might help lower cholesterol, especially the bad LDL cholesterol, and might prevent or help control high blood pressure. When paired with vitamin C, the cardiovascular benefits of oatmeal are enhanced, so eat some citrus, strawberries or kiwi with it.

A high-fibre diet also helps stabilize blood-sugar levels so people don’t face mid-morning slumps, which can occur if too many carbs and sugar are eaten in the morning.

In addition to the fibre benefit for blood sugar, the magnesium in oatmeal helps regulate the body’s insulin and glucose levels, which might prevent the development of type 2 diabetes. Oatmeal is full of antioxidants that protect against heart disease and cancer.

Another benefit of eating oatmeal is the feeling of fullness that keeps people from overeating and helps them maintain a healthy weight.

Oats are naturally gluten-free, but are sometimes contaminated with wheat when grown or processed. They can be part of a gluten-free diet if they originate from sources that guarantee uncontaminated oats.

Oatmeal is most commonly eaten as a hot cereal. Add your own twist by adding fruit like bananas, raisins, strawberries, frozen blueberries or peaches. Add some nuts, like almonds or walnuts, or stir in some peanut butter to add some healthy protein. Make pumpkin-pie oatmeal by adding pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg to the oats. Use your imagination to make your own creation.

Add oatmeal to cookies, muffins, breads, desserts and in place of bread crumbs in meatloaf.

Oats are a versatile whole grain that can be a healthy addition to diets in a variety of ways.

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