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Which type of Oat is your favourite?

The oat is one of the most versatile and nourishing grains available on this planet. Countries all over the globe grow oats: From Russia to South Africa, from countries in the EU and the U, K to Canada and from the U. S. to countries in South America. There's one thing they all have in common and that is oats! They're easy to grow; they don't take a long time to produce a crop and they can grow amongst most weeds without the need for pesticides.

The global oatmeal market is projected to reach 3.53 billion USD by 2027 and at this time sits at about 250 billion USD. The world loves oats and the favourite eay to eat it is in the morning for breakfast in the form of oat porridge, with many eating it before bed as a bedtime snack. The recent surge in breakfast oat bars, ideal for breakfast-on-the-run, has created a surge in the oat market as consumers demand fast and easy nutrition breakfast and snack bars with no preparation required.

Oats come in many different options and this depends on the way they have been processed. Yes, processing makes the oat more digestable and more absorbable by the body. For example in the U. K. and the EU, the preferred oat it steel cut

(Examples of some of the various oats usually found in my kitchen alongside The Porridge Mom spurtles.)

whereas in North America oat flakes is the preferred form of oats and outsells steel cut oats by a long way.

Did you know that the World Health Organization recognizes Oats as a superior food? Could that be because the oat boosts the immune systerm as it is high in many minerals, antioxidants, vitamins and beta-glucan, a recognized fibre that is completely unique to the oat. With the rising consumer interest and demand for plant-based affordable foods, oats remain high on the list of nutritious and delicious foods that are naturally dairy free, gluten free, lactose free and vegan, No animals are harmed in the cultivation and processing of the popular Avena Sativa, better known as oats and is in the plant family of grasses. Not really a grain, it is a grass. Easiy digestable and highly nutritious!

With eight different forms of oats, everyone can be satisfied:

Whole oat groats, the least processed;

Steel cut oats, that take about thirty minutes to cook - also known as Irish oats;

Stone ground steel cut oats, also known as Scottish oats;

Rolled or old fashioned oats are large oat flakes that have been flattened and steamed;

Quick cooking oats will cook in about three minutes but are not instant oats;

Instant oats are one minute oats and can simply be served with hot water added;

Oat bran can be added to any dish to increas the fibre content;

Oat flour which takes large oat flakes also known as whole rolled oats and processes them into a flour-like, fine consistency. *

You can add fibre and flavour to any recipe by adding a handful of quick cooking oats!

* Make your own oat flour by blending oat flakes into a fine powder and use it as a substitute for any flour. #deliciousandnutritious.


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