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June 23, 2009

Dry vs. Cooked Oatmeal

Q: Is it okay to eat dry oats straight from the box? Are they as nutritious as cooked oatmeal?

A: Yes and yes. The oats that you buy for oatmeal and baking have had their tough outer husks removed and are usually lightly steamed (precooked) to soften them and keep them from sprouting and spoiling.

This makes them edible without further cooking. In contrast, raw oat kernels, straight off the stalk, are fed to livestock and, like other raw cereal grains, are not considered fit for human consumption.

Many people like dry oats better than cooked oatmeal. In fact, the popular Swiss cereal called muesli is a mix of dry rolled oats (or other rolled cereal grains) with nuts, seeds, and fruit—though it’s usually eaten after adding milk or yogurt, or soaking the oats first in water. Similarly, dry oats are found in granola.

Dry or cooked, oats provide protein, some B vitamins, and other nutrients, and they are rich in fiber—notably beta glucan, a soluble fiber that lowers cholesterol and helps control blood sugar.

Dry oats can cause bloating and discomfort, though, since they absorb fluid and expand in the digestive tract. Start with small amounts and drink plenty of liquids. You can add dry oats to other dry cereals or use them as a topping for fruit and yogurt.

Source: UC Berkeley Wellness Letter

Posted by Lisa at June 23, 2009 6:41 PM

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Posted by: April at June 23, 2009 9:15 PM

Love oats almost however!! Thanks for sharing!

They're also great in smoothies!

Posted by: Angie at July 23, 2009 12:38 PM

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