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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Bobs Red Mill Oats!

There are so many great things I can say about Bobs Red Mill. Simply the best I've ever tried. From their customer service to the product itself to packaging they do things right! I was very impressed with everything, the product was steel cut oats and I fell in love with them!

I've always used 1 minute or old fashioned oats but steel cut is much better for us. They digest a tad slower as well which offers a steady flow of energy to our bodies. Steel-cut oats are a kind of whole grain which offers a range of potential health benefits. Unlike rolled oats, steel-cut oats are made by taking the groat --- the center of the oat's kernel --- and cutting it into several pieces with a steel blade. Because this type of oats is not significantly processed, it retains a favorable nutritional profile.

Low in Fat

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Nutrient Database calculates that oats are approximately 93 percent fat-free. Oats contain only a small amount of fat, and this is mostly unsaturated fat instead of solid, or saturated, fat. According to the MedlinePlus online medical resource, it's better to consume unsaturated fat than saturated fat. Saturated fat can contribute to the development of clogged arteries, cardiovascular problems and heart disease. In moderation, unsaturated fat is considered beneficial to health.


Oats are an excellent source of non-meat protein, and make a good protein option if you are following a vegetarian or vegan diet. A 100-gram serving of oats contains 16.9 g of protein, which is roughly a third of a healthy adults daily protein requirement. According to the Dietary Fiber Food website, an adult female requires roughly 46 g of protein daily; the daily requirement for a male is 56g. Pregnant or lactating women have a much higher protein requirement, needing over 70 g per day.


By weight, steel-cut oats are typically about 10 percent fiber, providing just over 10 g in every 100-g serving of oats, the USDA database notes. Fiber is essential for healthy functioning of the human gut, and sufficient consumption of fiber may lower your risk of heart disease and diabetes, the Mayo Clinic reports. Fiber in the diet may also prevent or relieve symptoms of constipation. You body cannot digest fiber, but it plays an important part in maintaining a healthy digestive system.

Vitamins and Minerals

Steel-cut oats are not processed in the same way as commercial breakfast cereals or prepared foods --- meaning vitamins and minerals that support healthy functioning of your body are not removed by processing. The minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, sodium, zinc, manganese and copper are present in steel-cut oats, the USDA reports. Steel-cut oats also contain small amounts of folate, niacin, riboflavin, thiamin and vitamin B-6.

Basic Cooking Instructions for Steel Cut Oats

•1 cup Steel Cut Oats
•1/4 tsp Salt (I didn't add salt)
•3 cups Water

Bring water and salt to a boil. Add oats, reduce heat, and cook 10-20 minutes (depending on how chewy you like your cereal). Stir occasionally. Cover and remove from heat and let stand a few minutes. Makes 3 cups of cereal.

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Steel-Cut Oats are freshly milled from high protein oats and cut into neat little pieces on a steel buhr mill. Steel Cut Oats are one of the healthiest foods you can eat and they make a delightful, full-bodied hot cereal with an appealing texture.

Here's to a new you!
Matthew Eubanks


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