Be sure to add
more of this healthy grain to your diet and
your skincare routine.
More than just a scrumptious staple of your
morning cereal, this humble grain—once
assumed to be a useless weed—packs a powerful
nutritious wallop. Oats are a wonderful source
of manganese, selenium, vitamin E, and B-complex
vitamins. Oat fiber—proven to lower cholesterol—may
also reduce the risk of heart disease and adult-onset
diabetes. Today, with cardiovascular disease
on the rise, take time to fortify your diet
with oat products. Try steel-cut oatmeal if
you haven't already. It takes longer to cook,
but the added taste and texture will reward
you for your patience. With so many oat products
on the market, the question arises: Which one
to try first?
Steel-cut, Irish, or Scottish oats
These oats have a fairly long cooking time (30-40
minutes), but have a delicious taste and dense, chewy
Old-fashioned or rolled oats
Heated and pressed flat to cook more rapidly,
rolled oats are another flavorful option.
Sliced before steaming and pressing, quick oats
cook very rapidly and are often used in baking.
A good choice, oat bran is created from the
outer layer of the oat kernel, which is high
in soluble fiber.
Precooked and pressed very thin, the "just add
water" variety is convenient, but often has added
salt and flavorings.