Facts About Oats
* Oats are scientifically know as avena sativa. Oats were eaten as early as the Neolithic and Bronze Ages. The Romans, the Teutons, and the Gauls grew oats. In the past and today oats are consumed as a food, and used for medicinal purposes and feed grain for horses, cattle, and poultry
* Today, the largest commercial producers of oats include the Russia, United States, Germany, Poland and Finland.
* Wheat, corn and barley have become GMO grains in many countries, there are no GMO oats. GMO foods are genetically modified organisms that have had new genes from other organisms added to their existing genes. There is not enough economic demand for oats grown today, to justify the expensive research for developing genetically modified seeds. Oats are a hardy cereal grain able to withstand poor soil conditions generally oats need less herbicides and pesticides than other similar grains and do not require modification.
- Oats are harvested, get cleaned and then roasted. The seed inside the husk is the Oat groat. These oat groats may be milled to produce fine, medium or coarse oatmeal.
Oat groats or porridge are oat kernels that are good for using as a breakfast cereal or for stuffing.
- Steel cut oats may be small and broken groats from the de-husking process. They are produced by running the grain through steel blades that thinly slices them.
- Old Fashion Rolled Oats (rolled oats), are steamed and flattened whole oat groats. Old-fashioned oats have a flat shape that is the result of their being steamed and then rolled.
Quick-cooking rolled oats are processed like old-fashioned oats, except they are cut finely before they are rolled.
Oat bran is cooked to make a hot cereal.
- Oat flour or colloidal oatmeal is used in baking, it is oftentimes combined with wheat or other gluten-containing flours when making leavened bread. Colloidal oatmeal is used skincare.
- The oat hulls are scraps that have been removed from the grain are often used for livestock feed and as fuel.
- Oatmeal is often used meat substitute ingredient in the food processing industry.
Benefits of Eating Oats
- Oats are one of the most nutritious grains, oats are loaded with protein, similar to soybeans. The World Health Organization says they’re about as good a source of protein as meat, milk and eggs.
- Oats satisfy the appetite by helping you feel fuller longer. Oats are a slow-digesting carb offering long-lasting energy when eaten before school, work or exercise workouts.
- Lower Cholesterol Levels Individuals with high cholesterol, that eat oats daily lower total their total cholesterol. Lowering high cholesterol levels can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Oats, with their high fiber content, are known to help remove cholesterol from the digestive system.
- Reduce Risk of Cardiovascular Disease People with diabetes are at an increased risk for heart disease. Oats help prevent oxidation of arteries. Antioxidant compounds unique to oats, help prevent free radicals from damaging LDL cholesterol (which can build up on the inside of artery walls, contributing to artery blockages that can lead to heart attacks), thus reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
- Enhance Immune Response to Infection Starting your day with a bowl of oatmeal may boost your immune response in addition to your morning energy levels.
- Stabilize Blood Sugar Studies also show that beta-glucan, found in oats, also has beneficial effects in diabetes as well. Oats may make it easier to keep blood sugar levels under control slowing down food digestion and smoothing out blood glucose levels
- Oats Substantially Lower Type 2 Diabetes Risk. Studies show that fiber, especially soluble fiber like oats, offer potential benefits for people with diabetes.
- Fiber from Whole Grains and Fruit are Protective against Breast Cancer A diet rich in fiber from whole grains, such as oats, and fruit offered significant protection against breast cancer for premenopausal women
- A Well-tolerated Wheat Alternative for Children and Adults with Celiac Disease Pure oatmeal does not contain gluten; however, most oatmeal is made in facilities that also process wheat, so a bit of cross-contamination may occur. It’s possible that people with Celiac disease may have an adverse reaction to commercially made oatmeal. This group should buy certified gluten-free oatmeal from a health food store
- Healthy Blood Pressure Recent research points to some positives for healthy blood pressure levels from eating more oatmeal. Oatmeal, along with a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and low fat dairy, may help you maintain your blood pressure in healthy ranges.
- Oats are full of fiber which help cut the use of laxatives.
Other uses for oatmeal:
Oats in skincare has been documented as far back as 2000 BC. Oatmeal is one of the few natural ingredients to receive recognition from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Itchy skin remedy According to the American Academy of Dermatology, “itchy, dry skin often has a high pH level, but oatmeal can help normalize your skin’s pH, which can relieve itchy, uncomfortable skin.
This oatmeal, colloidal oatmeal, is used in oatmeal baths. Colloidal oatmeal has natural anti-itch properties that reduce irritated skin itch as diaper rash, chicken pox, poison ivy, eczema, sunburn and dry skin. It will coat, moisturize and soften the skin and it remains dispersed throughout the bath rather than sinking to the bottom in a layer of sediment, making a perfect oatmeal bath.
Colloidal Oatmeal for the Bath
- As the tub is filling with water that is warm, not hot, add the colloidal oatmeal to the tub by pouring it slowly into the stream of water from the faucet. This will ensure that the oatmeal is evenly dispersed throughout the tub. Add enough water so that most of your lower body will be submerged, but don’t overflow the bathtub.
- Oatmeal baths also soften and moisturize your skin, which helps lock in moisture and protect skin from external irritants.”
- Carefully lower yourself into the warm water with the oatmeal in it. It can be slippery from the oatmeal so go slowly. Soak in the tub for 15 minutes or so, and then carefully get out of the tub.
- Rather than vigorously drying your skin with a towel, pat yourself dry. Rubbing can further irritate skin and it will remove any moisturizing benefits from the oatmeal bath.
- If necessary, you can take oatmeal baths up to 3 times per day. Your doctor may recommend taking them more often, depending on your particular condition.
How to Make Oat Flour or Colloidal Oatmeal:
1 cup rolled or old fashion oats. Place the oats into the bowl of your food processor. Pulse the oats until they are ground into a powder-like consistency. Depending on the speed and power of your food processor, this process should take 60 seconds or less. Stop and stir to ensure that all the oats have been finely ground. One cup of rolled oats will yield approximately 1 cup of oat flour. Store unused portion in air tight container.
Bath soak: For a truly relaxing bath, pour a cup of plain oatmeal into your tub as it fills up with warm water. Then add a few drops of lavender oil or a pinch of dried lavender. Soak in this aromatherapy solution for 15 to 30 minutes. The oatmeal will cleanse your skin and lock in moisture, while the lavender produces a calming, soothing scent.
Face wash: For a simple homemade face mask recipe, mix whole oatmeal with warm water into a paste and add a teaspoon of honey. Rub the cleanser onto your skin in circular motions to cleanse your face. The antibacterial action of honey will also help to relieve inflamed skin and alleviate dryness.
Exfoliate treatment: Exfoliating your face with a do-it-yourself treatment with blended colloidal oatmeal, coconut oil, brown sugar and lukewarm water. The coconut oil will give your skin a healthy-looking glow.
Dry shampoo: Just as oatmeal works wonders at removing excess dirt and debris from the body, it can also help to reduce the appearance of dirty hair. Your homemade oatmeal dry shampoo will also help to relieve an itchy scalp.
Dog bath for itchy skin: In a large mixing bowl, combine 1 part baking soda, 2 parts oatmeal, and 3 parts water. Fill your tub with enough cool water that your dog will be submerged just to his belly. Place your dog in the tub and secure him. He may not like the cool water, but it’s better for soothing itchy skin than warm or hot water. Carefully pour the oatmeal slurry over your dog’s coat and gently rub it into his skin, avoiding his eyes. Lift the fur so the mixture gets onto his skin. Allow the slurry to mix with the bath water to get him soaked all over. Once your dog is coated in the slurry, drain the tub and rinse him with more cool water. Gently pat your dog dry — rubbing too vigorously can aggravate itchy skin. After one or two baths the itchy skin should clear up.
Play Oatmeal Clay: Oatmeal makes for a sturdy clay that can be manipulated into various shapes and structures. To make oatmeal clay you need to combine 1 cup of raw oats, 2/3 cup flour, 1/2 cup water and optional food coloring to give your dough a color. The elements must be mixed well and then kneaded together until it reaches a sticky and sturdy consistency. Then, when the oatmeal clay is ready, kids can roll it around, make logs, balls or anything they want out of it.
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