Health & Nutrition - - NUTRITION UPDATE - Dalia Dalia dalia Ra­man B.,

QMy fam­ily has squab­bled about oats for some time. Some mem­bers say that to get the big­gest health ben­e­fit from oats, you need to eat them raw, at room tem­per­a­ture, and moist­ened with wa­ter. Oth­ers say they should be cooked. Does cook­ing take some­thing ben­e­fi­cial out of oats? My grand­fa­ther in­sists that bro­ken wheat ( dalia) is more health­ful than oats. Can you bring us some peace at break­fast time?

AMum­bai You get oats which are pre­cooked and raw oats. Pre­cooked oats can be had with­out cook­ing. Raw oats need to be cooked. It is like try­ing to eat raw (un­cooked) wheat and rice. (bro­ken wheat) is also a very healthy nu­tri­tious al­ter­na­tive. It is also high in fi­bre. How­ever, oats are high in sol­u­ble fi­bre con­tent that pri­mar­ily helps lower choles­terol and works as a pre­bi­otic, be­sides giv­ing the other ben­e­fits of fi­bre. While is pri­mar­ily high in in­sol­u­ble fi­bre con­tent which helps in good bowel move­ment and pre­vents con­sti­pa­tion. So you must in­clude both – and oats – to get mul­ti­ple ben­e­fits. This should bring peace and va­ri­ety at your break­fast ta­ble!

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