Wednesday, February 9, 2011

How Do I Use It? Oats Part I: Background

Oats are a great food. We're not talking about the instant kind, we're talking about the old fashioned and/or quick oats. They taste good, and they are good for you! Let's look at the background of oats:
  • Wild oats were eaten as early as the Neolithic and Bronze Ages
  • Romans cultivated it.
  • Often is weed-like
  • Loves coled climates
  • Has a short growing season.
  • High prevelance in Scotland, Ireland, Scandinavia, and Germany
  • In U.S. oats were originally thought of only as horse feed.
  • Oatmeal became popular in U.S. because poorer immigrants needed a breakfast they could afford.
  • Oats also have use to day medicinaly and in beauty treatments.
Why Should You Store It?
  • Great source of dietary fiber.
  • Lowers cholesterol/ heart healthy.
  • Has lots of antioxidants
  • Helps keep blood sugar in check.
  • Lowers blood pressure.
  • Helps with Bowel Function
  • Makes you feel fuller for a long period
  • Great for breastfeeding mom's to help with milk supply.
  • Great source of protein!
  • Great source of many vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.
  • Versatile. Great for breakfast with many options to mix in, but also can be used as a part of baking, and other meals. Can also be ground up into a flour.
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