Who doesn’t love a bowl of rib-sticking oats on a cold morning topped with a pat of butter or coconut oil, a sprinkle of brown sugar or maple syrup, and fruit–fresh or dried. Aside from being a comfort food, oats have many things going for them. Rolled oats are whole grain; so, in addition to containing the starch and protein of a grain they also contain the fat and many vitamins and minerals found in whole grains.
Oats are a rich source of iron and zinc, which are typically hard to obtain in a vegan diet. Oats contain soluble fiber, which may play a role in lowering cholesterol and can be helpful in promoting regularity. And for the person in search of gluten-free options, oats (not contaminated by wheat) are naturally gluten-free.
Oats are also versatile. There is oatmeal porridge, oatmeal cookies packed with nuts and dried fruit, oatmeal toppings on fruit crisps and muffins, oat flour for coating fish and chicken, and of course crunchy granola.
Enjoy some oats today!