Monday, August 8, 2011

Steel Cut Oats VS. Rolled Oats

Which is actually better for you? Steel cut oats or rolled oats? Turns out an oat is an oat, whether it's steel cut from the original groat or rolled flat and even presteamed so that it will cook in 90 seconds rather than 15 minutes or more. Flattening and steaming does not remove whole grain benefits, so you get all of the vitamins, mineral, antioxidants, and oaty fiber. I myself LOVE steel cut oats because they are more nutty and chewy, but instant oatmeal is so convenient! Especially when Troop wakes up starving and wants to eat NOW! However, steel cut oats have a lower glycemic index than instant oatmeal, causing a lower spike in insulin levels when consumed. There are several differences between it and the typical rolled oat variety. These include:
•Much longer cooking time (30 minutes)
•More cholesterol lowering soluble fiber than other oatmeal
•Takes longer to digest so you stay fuller longer
•Chopped with steel blades resulting in a "chewier" oatmeal
Also, prepackaged flavored oats can contain alot of added sugar and salt.
So in reality, it's up to you to decide. You still get the whole grain benefits from both so whether you prefer a nutty chewy flavor or the convenience and taste of instant, BOTH are a great choice! :)


1 comment:

  1. I love steel cut oats, and you can actually cook up extra and they refrigerate really well and then just reheat!