STEEL CUT OATS
We're officially launching our fabulous Steel-cut Oats in a new 1kg bag! Interested in going Steel-cut? Want to know more about it? Why Steel-cut over Rolled? Read on to find out!
What are Steel-cut oats?
Whole grain oats, sometimes referred to as oat kernels, are made up of three parts: the germ, the brand, and the endosperm. When oats are referred to as groats, it means they are whole grain oat kernels without a husk. Sometimes these oat kernels with no husk are simply called "oat groats."
Steel-cut oats are made by taking the oat groats and cutting them into 2 to 3 smaller pieces using a steel blade. Steel-cut oats are also sometimes called Irish oats. Toasting steel-cut oats give them a delicious nutty flavor that sets them apart from other types of oats. Steel-cut oats are also more coarse than other types of oats and tend to be chewier. This gives them a hearty texture that is very filling, but it does mean they require longer soaking and cooking times. However, they are still good to use in an overnight oats recipe.
1. Steel Cut Oats Are High in Fibre & Protein
Steel-cut oats are high in dietary fibre. Dietary fibre is something our body can't digest but still needs. It is a requirement for optimal health. Steel-cut oats contain a soluble fibre made up of beta-glucans. Beta-glucans form a unique gel-like substance when dissolved in water, and it is this substance that is thought to lower blood cholesterol levels as well as stabilize blood sugar levels.
In addition to the soluble fibre, steel-cut oats also contain insoluble fibre. Insoluble fibre is what gives your stool its bulk and helps it move through the intestinal tract to keep your bowels moving on a regular basis. Regular and frequent bowel movements help to keep the digestive system healthy and functioning properly.
Finally, steel-cut oats contain nice levels of protein. They are also low in saturated fat, which is an extra bonus to their health benefits.
2. Steel Cut Oats Have a Low Glycemic Index
Another benefit of steel-cut oats is that they rank low on the index giving foods a numerical value that tells you how it impacts your blood sugar when you consume carbohydrates. The lower the food is on the glycemic index, the better. Steel-cut oats weigh in at a 55, which means their potential to spike your blood sugar to unhealthy levels is minimal.
People who suffer from health conditions like diabetes or prediabetes can consume carbohydrates that are low on the glycemic index, and this can help them avoid dangerous spikes in their blood sugar levels.
This makes steel-cut oats a very good choice for individuals who must keep a close watch on their glucose.
3. Steel Cut Oats Are a Good Source of Iron
Steel-cut oats also happen to be a very good source of iron. Iron is vital for the proper functioning of your body. Iron is a component of hemoglobin, and hemoglobin is what keeps oxygen circulating throughout your bloodstream to feed your organs and tissues.
When hemoglobin levels are low, your body will suffer, because the cells and tissues aren't getting the oxygen that they need to function properly.
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