ROLLED OATS - Are created when Oat Groats are steamed and rolled into flakes. The most common Oat variation about.
INSTANT/QUICK OATS - These are pre-cooked, dried and then rolled. They are thinner than rolled oats and often lose their texture as they are cooked. Handy if you want Oats fast!
ALL OAT VARIATIONS HAVE THE SAME LEVEL OF NUTRITIONAL VALUE REGARDLESS OF TYPE. It is said that the Steel Cut variety may poses lower GI (Glycemic Index - meaning they are digested more slowly and cause less of a spike in blood sugar), which to some makes little difference
THE GLUTENOUS CONVO ABOUT OATS!
The sticky discussion about Oats containing Gluten has been around since some big mob health group dumped it in the “gluten grain” family along with other culprits like Wheat, Barley and Rye.
BUT…Oats DO NOT contain Gluten! In fact they contain AVENIN a protein similar to Gluten. To boot, it is shown that most people with Ceoliac’s can infact eat Oats wihout any problems. Which stands to reason those with intolerances to Gluten are also safe to eat Oats. That being said if Oats just make you feel yuk, then like anything else don’t eat them, all I ask is you try them before you make a decision based on hype.
So why the hoo haa about Glutenous vs Gluten Free Oats?! Because peeps, Oats are often processed in the same factories that Glutenous products are processed in, thus contaminating our lovely little fiborous Oats. Personally, I am only Gluten intolerant thus a regular packet of Oats is fine for me.
NOTE – If you are Ceoliac look for GLUTEN FREE Oats on the shelf! This is the only way you are guaranteed the Oats in your pack haven’t been contaminated!
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