It’s no surprise that oatmeal has so many fans. Oats are a highly nutritious and valued food. They are all natural, low in calories and loaded with fiber that keeps you full and satisfied, aids digestion and helps lower cholesterol.
When trying to decide which type of oats to add to your morning routine, remember that, as with most foods, the less processing they go through the healthier they are. Here I’ve listed the different types of oats from least to most processed.
What? Never heard of groats? Groats are minimally processed whole oats with just the outer hull removed. They are quite chewy and need a good soaking before use. Groats also take some time to cook, but don’t let that turn you off! f7m, hey are loaded with nutrients. Try throwing some in your slow cooker.
Steel-Cut Oats or Scotch Oats
These are oat groats (they keep popping up don’t they?) that have been, as the name implies, chopped into smaller pieces. The steel-cut oat is the chewiest form of oatmeal and provides the most textural experience. This type also does well in the slow cooker – and even better in your tummy.
Remember the groats? Rolled oats are simply oat groats that have been steamed and put through a roller so they cook more quickly. They are also known as old-fashioned oats.
This is one of the most common types of break-fast oatmeal. Quick-cooking oats have been cut into smaller pieces before being steamed and rolled more thinly than regular rolled oats. This type usually takes about three to five minutes to cook.
If you are used to eating the prepackaged instant oats then you know the drill. These oats have been rolled even more thinly and precooked – hence their “instant” nature. Be careful with these if you are serious about Eating Clean! Instant oats may be convenient, but they are often loaded with unnecessary salts, sugars and flavorings.
Types of Oats
Whole Grains Council: Types of Oats
CNNHealth.com: Is Instant Oatmeal Just as Healthy as Traditional?
American Heart Association: Whole Grains and Fiber