Oats is a highly nutritious grain. Modern oats are believed to be originated from the Asian wild red oats which grew as a weed in other grain crops. Oats were introduced to North America with other grains by Scottish settlers in 1602 and by the year 1920, it gradually became a major crop. There are various varieties of oats presently available in the market like quick oats, rolled oats, steel cut oats and whole oats. Quick oats are cut into small pieces, rolled thin and steamed due to which they require less time to cook. Rolled oats are steamed and rolled into flakes and stay fresh longer. Steel-cut oats are the groats cut into 2 to 3 pieces with a sharp blade and cook more quickly than whole oats. Whole oats are the result of simply harvesting oats, cleaning them, and removing their inedible hulls. This is why whole oats take the longest time to cook. In India, Punjab, Haryana, UP, Orissa, Bihar, West Bengal and limited areas in MP are the Oats growing states. Other substantial producers of oats are Australia, Poland, China, and Finland.
While using packed oats, check for the expiry date to ensure it is not stale. Instant oats are often packaged with additional salt, sugar and flavoring which clearly indicates that it isn't the healthiest choice. Thus it is very important to read the labels carefully before buying any variety of oats.
People with chewing problems should avoid consuming oats as half chewed oats can cause intestinal blockage and irritation in the GI tract.(4)
"Information here is provided for discussion and educational purposes only. It is not intended as medical advice or product or ingredient review/rating. The information may not apply to you and before you use or take any action, you should contact the manufacturer, seller, medical, dietary, fitness or other professional. If you utilize any information provided here, you do so at your own risk and you waive any right against Culinary Communications Private Limited, its affiliates, officers, directors, employees or representatives.”