Oatmeal is made of oat grains that are ground, crushed, rolled, or steel-cut.
Steel-cut or rolled oats are whole oat grains. Steel-cut oats are used in the preparation of porridges and oatcakes that generally take time to cook.
Rolled oats are ground into oatmeal, steamed and rolled into flakes varying in thickness, typically ideal for breakfast cereal with muesli or in breads. Rolled oats ground as flour can be mixed with other flours for baking.
Ground/crushed oats as the name suggests, are used for regular instant cooking.
Oats originated in Scotland and cooked oats was included in their staple diet. Oats are grown in North America and Europe. These cereals are used to feed farm animals as well.
- Oats is considered the healthiest among all grains. It is rich in fibre, beta-glucan, and high in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
- The antioxidants in oats can lower the risk of heart diseases and type 2 diabetes.
- Eating oatmeal every morning can lower and control bad cholesterol.
- Oatmeal decreases childhood asthma and improves the immune system.
- Beta-glucan in oats controls and regulates the sugar levels in type 2 diabetics.
- Oatmeal is low in calories and is easy to digest compared to other breakfast foods.
- Oats are naturally gluten-free but contain Avenin, which is similar to gluten. People allergic to gluten can consume gluten-free oats.
- Eating oats on a daily basis helps to lose weight in a healthy way because it reduces hunger for a longer time than other breakfast cereals.
Oatmeal other benefits to the skin:
- Oatmeal can be added to bathwater and it relieves and eases the discomfort of chickenpox, eczema, sunburn, itchiness, dry skin and is also used in treating acne.
- Oats can be used as a natural skin moisturizer.
- Oats were used two thousand years ago by Egyptians, Arabs, ancient Greeks, and Romans to beautify and heal skin diseases.