Rolled Oats: The Fibre Grain
What are Rolled Oats?
For people who prefer the taste and texture of old-fashioned oats for their morning oatmeal, rolled oats are the only obvious choice. Rolled oats are made from the oat groats* that are extracted from the oat grain. Oat grains have a tougher outer hull that is removed, allowing the interior of the grain to be steam treated in order to further soften the grain. Once the oat grains are steamed properly, the grain is run through an oat roller, creating the flat oats that are used as a hot breakfast cereal or in a number of different recipes.
Rolled oats are available in two different forms. Thick rolled oats are larger whole flakes that are often used to prepare old-fashioned oatmeal and as an ingredient in a number of sweets, such as oatmeal raisin cookies and granola. Thin rolled oats are smaller flakes that are broken into much smaller flakes, and are ideal for uses in such items as baby food and instant oatmeal. The thinner rolled oats can also be ground into a powder and used to prepare thick broths or as a thickener in stews.
Our 1kg Big Daddy and 700gm Big Mamma organic loaves (formerly known as 1kg and 700gm Purebread) contain almost one cupful of rolled oats in every loaf! Rolled oats are an excellent source of dietary fibre, iron, and thiamine and can be a significant part of a healthy diet, requiring only a small amount to reap its many benefits.
Introducing our producer
All of our rolled oats are sourced from Kialla Pure Foods one of Australia’s largest cereal grain processing operations. The company mills only 100% Certified GMO free organic cereal grains and utilizes a mix of modern and traditional milling techniques to produce a range of organic flours, kibbles and meals.
Kialla Pure Foods is certified by two Australian Organic Certification bodies, the Australian Certified Organic (ACO) and the Organic Food Chain (OFC), which ensures two independent audits each year and strict adherence to organic production standards.
What are *Groats?
Groats are nutritious but hard to chew, so they are often soaked and cooked. They can be the basis of kasha, a porridge-like staple meal of Eastern Europe and Eurasia. Roasted buckwheat groats are also known as kasha or kashi, especially in the United States.
Groaty pudding, also known as groaty dick, is a traditional dish from the Black Country in England. It is made from soaked groats, leeks, onions, beef, and beef stock, baked for up to 16 hours. Groaty pudding is a traditional meal on Guy Fawkes Night.
Health Benefits of Buckwheat
Rolled oats are often considered to be an excellent choice when it comes to a healthy diet. In general, oatmeal made from rolled oats is understood to help reduce the amount of bad cholesterol in the bloodstream. For people who suffer from Type 2 diabetes or are in a pre-diabetic condition, rolled oats present a much better choice than most processed cereals. Containing significant amounts of beta-glucan, rolled oats tend to help regulate blood sugar so that the individual is less likely to spikes in the body’s glucose level.
There are other healthy qualities of rolled oats that make them attractive for many people. As an excellent source of dietary fibre, iron, and thiamine, rolled oats can be a significant part of a healthy diet, requiring only a small amount to reap the benefits. Rolled oats also have the advantage of possessing an antioxidant known as avenanthramides, which is very helpful in ridding the body of toxins that have built up over time.
Nutritional benefits of rolled oats
The oat nutrition facts presented below would enable us in understanding the benefits of consuming oats on a regular basis. The following oats nutrition facts discuss the importance of oatmeal in cholesterol regulation, weight loss, control of insulin levels, etc.
Helps in Weight Loss: Oatmeal is considered to be the best food for weight loss. It acts as a filler and also provides more energy as compared to other carbohydrate diets. Thus, it is considered to be an ideal meal for breakfast.
Absorbs Cholesterol: People with heart problems are worried about the rising levels of cholesterol in their body and the harmful consequences resulting from it. However, a certain amount of cholesterol is necessary for digestion of fatty acids and the creation of hormones. The oatmeal helps in keeping the level of cholesterol in check. The little pieces of oatmeal act as absorbents of cholesterol and thus, help in maintaining good health.
Prevents Heart Diseases: The fat content in oatmeal is very less while it is has high fiber content. It reduces the risk of heart diseases . Moreover, the presence of nutrients like calcium, Vitamins (A and B) and iron in oatmeal keeps the heart in a sound state.
Controls Glucose and Insulin Levels: The consumption of oats helps in controlling the level of insulin and glucose in the blood. The problems associated with diabetes are thus, prevented.
Reduces Cancer Risk: The phytochemicals present in the oats help in reducing the risk of cancer. The insoluble fibres contained in this high fibre diet are helpful in reducing the carcinogens present in the gastrointestinal tract.
Healthy Diet for Children: Oatmeal is a nutritious diet and has positive effects on the health of children, especially their dental health. Oatmeal is important for strengthening the teeth and in improving their looks.
Effects the Nervous System Positively: The intake of oatmeal is considered to have a positive effect on the nervous system. The presence of magnesium, potassium and calcium along with B-complex vitamins are useful for the health of the nervous system .
Acts as Anti-depressant: The intake of oats helps in dealing with depression . It has been proven that oats work as an anti-depressant and help in keeping the mind calm. Consumption of unrefined oatmeal is said to reduce stress , while cooked oats helps to get rid of fats.
High-fibre Content: The high fibre content in oats helps in reducing problems like constipation .
Prevention of the Celiac Disease: The prolamines (commonly known as gluten), which is a group of proteins present in most of the cereals including wheat is absent in the oats. This prevents the occurrence of a bowel-related problem like the Coeliac disease .
Presence of Quality Proteins: The protein quality in oats is equal to that of soy protein and this has been confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Enhances Athletic Performance: The oats are known for altering the metabolism and enhancing the performance, if one takes them before a physical activity.
Induces Longevity: The oatmeal is useful for maintaining the general health and increasing longevity.
Helpful in Healing: The beta glucan present in the oats helps in fast healing by speeding up the response to infection.