One of the original slow-release healthy cereals, oats have been eaten for centuries. This whole-grain food has long been touted as a great food to eat as part of a healthy and balanced diet (and one that promotes weight loss or weight maintenance), and the regular consumption of oats is most often associated with low levels of bad cholesterol. However, they are also nutritious in other ways: Oats contain manganese, phosphorus, and magnesium, as well as copper, iron, zinc, folate, and vitamin B – and with high amounts of these vital minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants, they’re one of the most nutrient-dense foods out there. Their high fibre content means you’ll feel fuller for longer, and they’re also great for reducing blood sugar and insulin response levels, as well as helping to promote the growth of good and friendly bacteria in one’s digestive tract.
While oats have long been available in a variety of forms, from steel-cut to instant, lately an increasing number of companies have begun to sell new and extremely coveted healthy oat-based products such as oat milk, or oat flour.
How do you use it?
Both great gluten-free options, oat milk and oat flour can be substituted anywhere that traditional milk or flour would be used. They can be used to make waffles, scones, pancakes, breads, muffins, cupcakes, cookies, brownies, and a wide variety of other baked goods and desserts, and unlike some other substitutes for traditional wheat flour, oat flour’s texture means it behaves very similarly to ordinary white flour – which makes it even easier to use with as a substitute. Its mild flavour only adds to this, making it an easy swap in for gluten-free recipes.
Oats are also wonderful when used in beauty products: Whether it’s been used in bathwater or in facial products, this natural ingredient has been said to help soothe and calm down irritating skin conditions such as rashes, eczema, and sunburn. It’s not just good for topical use – oats also contain a relatively high amount of biotin, which is a vitamin that plays a vital role in the development of healthier skin, hair, and nails.