Many of us who want to stay healthy are probably no strangers to oatmeal. And when we go down to an organic store, trying to get some oats for a hearty breakfast, there’d be more than 1 type of oats sitting on the shelf for us. Do you pick the one that looks pretty with a flat, full oval shape, or do you pick the one that is rather irregular and flaky because according to your inner child, it’d probably be tastier?
Well, here’s the tips for you to go home with the right kind of oats, and hopefully, help you better in your journey to wellness.
The one with a flat, full oval shape, is called rolled oats, or old-fashioned oats. As rolled oats have a rougher texture compared to instant oats, it takes a slightly longer time to cook - usually 3 to 5 minutes. This type of oat is the most common in cookies, granola, muffins and other baked goods. If you’re looking for a baking ingredient, or you prefer a more solid texture in oatmeal, here’s your best choice.
Always running out of time in the morning for breakfast? Scoop half cup of instant oats into the pot, turn on the stove for just 1 to 3 minutes, and you’re ready to go. Instant oats usually provide a mushy texture compared to rolled oats. Hence, if you like your oatmeal to be creamy and smooth, instant oats will be your best buddy. And so does the ideal ingredient for your overnight oatmeal.
What about the nutrients? Good news is there aren’t really any major differences in terms of oatmeal’s nutrition values. Oats are famously known for their high fiber, they are also a great source of many important vitamins and minerals. For example, Vitamin B1 for the brain, selenium for the immune system and manganese for metabolism. The only distinctive differences are the cooking time, texture and flavour. Except oat bran – the even tinier pieces than instant oats.
Though they are much tinier, oat bran consists of higher nutrition value compared to the other types of oats. According to specialists, oat bran contains more protein, fiber and beta-glucan, which may help protect the heart, lower bad cholesterol level, and promote gut health. While due to the rich fiber and protein found in oat bran, eating them will leave you feeling fuller for a longer time. Texture wise, oat bran has a creamy texture plus a sweeter oaty flavour that you’ll just love. They are fast to cook, as well – generally takes 1 to 3 minutes.
How do you eat oat bran?
Just like any other oats, you can enjoy either cooked or raw. By that means, you can boil them in water, milk or any other hot beverages, and you can serve them cold by just adding the oats in yogurt, milkshakes, or making an overnight oat.
Now, which type of oat would you like to get? Or which type has always been your favourite? Though, one thing is for sure, you're gonna love the positive changes of your health no matter which oats you choose.