For years companies like Quaker Oats and Cheerios have been encouraging people to eat their products because they have whole grains. You’ve probably heard that eating a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast is a healthy way to start the day, but why?
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Oats are whole grains that haven’t been stripped off their nutritious bran and germ in processing. Oatmeal is a healthy carb, rich in fiber, antioxidants and vitamins. When you eat processed oats like you do in some cereal, the cooking time and texture may cut the nutrients, which is why it’s best to eat them in their purest form:
Steel cut oats: These almost look like rice that’s been cut into pieces. They take the longest to cook and have the highest amount of soluble fiber, protein and iron.
Rolled oats: These are also called old-fashioned or whole oats. These absorb more liquid and are often found in granola bars and other baked goods.
Quick oats: These are the most processed, they are pre-cooked dried and rolled and pressed thinner. They cook quicker and often look mushy.