Oatmeal is one of the most popular foods in the health food industry. In addition to the oatmeal itself, instant oatmeal can also be bought, which makes the preparation of your favourite dish much easier. Consuming oatmeal has been shown to help lower blood cholesterol levels, support normal immune function and promote the development of gut microflora. It is possible to choose:
- classic oatmeal, which is produced by successive steaming, pressing and subsequent drying, as well as other types of oatmeal.
- fine oatmeal is produced by cutting the grain itself before flaking. From a nutritional point of view, the flakes lose nothing. Due to the ease of mixing in water or milk, they are sometimes referred to as minute, e.g. Vilgain 1 Minute Oats.
- crushed oatmeal is made from coarse oat flour which is then steamed. The entire production process is thus reversed. Such flakes are sometimes referred to as instant.
- sprouted oatmeal is more digestible as it is made from sprouted oats, which undergo biochemical reactions that partially break down the nutrients - such as Natural oatmeal.
- jumbo oats are large oat flakes that are suitable for making granola, flapjacks or biscuits. You can try our Vilgain Jumbo Oats.
Oatmeal is naturally gluten‑free, however, due to possible contamination from different grains, you should check the gluten content of each product. People with celiac disease or gluten allergy should only buy products labeled "gluten free".
What does oatmeal contain?
The nutritional value of oatmeal varies based on where it comes from. However, the differences are not too great, and our Vilgain minute oatmeal (per 100 g serving) can be used as a reference sample:
In addition, oatmeal is rich in potassium, magnesium, phosphorus or B vitamins. Due to its high content of complex carbohydrates and fibre, oatmeal has a low glycaemic index and slow absorption, so it is filling for a longer period of time.
Oatmeal is most commonly used to make porridge, which is great for breakfast, dinner or as a quick snack, whether you prefer it with banana, protein, water or milk. If you're tired of your tried‑and‑true porridge recipe, you can try one of our fitness recipes:
- overnight oats,
- baked oatmeal,
- microwave oatmeal,
- savoury oatmeal,
And if you want to taste oatmeal a little differently, try making a cake, pancakes, banana bread or smoothie.