Well, I can't find that where I am now (Europe) so I get the organic oats that cook on the stove in a couple minutes. I feel like it's healthy, but my mother says I'm basically just eating glue. (What?! I don't even know what that's supposed to mean!). Help me out? Thanks!
Our preference, however, is more for matters of taste than health, and we suspected that your mother's insistence on the health value of of longer-cooking oats was inaccurate.
We went to our trusty copy of Harold McGee's On Food and Cooking, and discovered that oats are available processed in several different ways: rolled and steel cut. For rolled oats, the oat grain, called a groat, is rolled into a thinner flake for faster cooking. You can find these in various thicknesses - old-fashioned, quick cooking, and thick. The only difference is the thickness of the groat flake.
Steel cut oats, on the other hand, are simply a groat that has been chopped into three or four pieces. McGee says that each variety has the same nutritional value - the only difference is in cooking time and texture.
Hope that's helpful! Anyone have anything else to add?
• Buy organic steel cut oats from Bob's Red Mill
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