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!