Grocery Greats: Rolled vs. Steel-Cut Oats

In this Grocery Greats segment, ForXx is exploring the difference between and benefits of rolled and steel-cut oats.

Steel-cut oatmeal is when the oat is literally cut, giving you pieces of oats. Regular oatmeal is rolled, giving you a pressed oat. The choice depends on your preference in texture. When you enjoy a cup of steaming hot, fruit-topped or agave-glazed oatmeal a day, you could be enjoying spoonfuls of nutritional health benefits.

Breast Cancer
Pre-menopausal women eating the most whole grain fiber (at least 13 g/day) had a 41 percent reduced risk of breast cancer, compared to those with the lowest whole grain fiber intake (4 g/day).

High Blood Pressure
Post-menopausal women consuming six servings of whole grain oats per week have also been known to reduce their risk of high blood pressure and heart attack.

Antioxidants
Oats are also a good source of selenium. Selenium works with vitamin E in numerous vital antioxidant systems throughout the body.

Diabetes
Whole grain oats substantially lower the risk of diabetes. Oats are a rich source of magnesium, a mineral that acts as a co-factor for more than 300 enzymes, including enzymes involved in the body’s use of glucose and insulin secretion.

Lower Cholesterol Levels
Oats also contain a specific type of fiber called beta-glucan. Since 1963, studies have proven the beneficial effects of this special fiber and how it lowers cholesterol levels.

In comparing Quaker Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats, John McCann’s Steel Cut Oatmeal and Open Nature Steel Cut Oatmeal, my Grocery Great this week is Quaker simply because I preferred a rolled oat.

 

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