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Get An Edge With Steel Cut Oatmeal

Oatmeal has long been a staple of bodybuilders and recreational athletes alike. It is loved mainly for its fibre content, absorbing bad cholesterol like a sponge and flushing it out of the body.

Just like rice, oatmeal has varieties which are a notch better than the others. One of these is steel cut oatmeal. 

 By definition, steel cut oats are whole grain groats which have been cut into pieces. Groats are the inner portion of the oat kernel. Also known as Irish oats, they are golden in colour. 

Different grades of this kind of oat are based on the size. The different grades are pinhead, coarse, medium and fine. Pinhead is the largest grade. 

The steel cut variety of oatmeal takes longer to cook than other types. This is because they are barely processed and are thicker. Cooking time takes roughly 15-30 minutes. Flatter oats such as the rolled kind have a shorter cooking time. 

Cooked steel cut oats are described as nuttier in flavour and chewier compared to other types. Some consumers even say they are toastier than the others. 

In terms of nutritional breakdown, this delicacy has 150 to 170 calories when served in a ¼ cup. This same amount also has around 3 grams of fats and 27 to 29 grams of complex carbohydrates. The latter represents roughly 21 percent of the 130 grams recommended for daily consumption by the Institute of Medicine

One serving of steel cut oats also has 4 to 5 grams of fibre. This insoluble fibre content includes d-beta-glucan which improves blood sugar and cholesterol levels.  

Protein content is a decent 5 to 7 grams per ¼ cup serving. Aside from essential macronutrients, this food source provides 10 percent of the recommended daily intake of the mineral iron. Individuals who make this dish a daily staple will also benefit from the B vitamin content, providing at least 10 percent of the recommended daily allowance for thiamine, niacin and riboflavin. 

Because of its powerhouse benefits, make sure to include steel cut oatmeal a part of your healthy nutritional programme today! 

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