Why Choose Steel-Cut Oats

Why Choose Steel-Cut Oats

As we all know, whole grains are vital to a healthy lifestyle. Steel-cut oats offer a nuttier alternative to the rolled oats most people know.

Steel-cut oats are essential grains which are full of nutritional value, rich in B-vitamins, calcium, protein and fiber while low in sodium and unsaturated fat. In fact, just one cup of steel-cut oats contains 8g of fiber. Steel-cut oats are whole grain groats, the inner portion of the oat kernel, which have been cut into two or three pieces rather than flattened. Because of this it takes longer to digest, making us feel fuller for a longer period of time. They are a golden hue and look like chopped nuts or tiny grains of rice. Rolled oats are flake oats that have been steamed, rolled, re-steamed and toasted. Due to all of this additional processing they lose some of their fiber, nutritional value, natural taste, and texture.

According to the USDA, whole grains reduce cholesterol, high blood pressure and help prevent heart disease, cancer and diabetes. They are a rich source of magnesium, a mineral that acts as a co-factor for more than 300 enzymes, including enzymes involved in the body’s use of glucose and insulin secretion. Steel-cut oats have a lower glycemic index than instant oatmeal (42 versus 65), causing a smaller insulin spike when consumed. The exact cause of this is undetermined, but is believed to be due to a higher proportion of complex carbohydrates. Studies have indicated that when people increased their consumption of steel-cut oats to five servings (serving = one cup cooked) a week, there was a corresponding 39 percent reduction in the risk of onset of type 2 diabetes.

One of the most significant health benefits of steel-cut oats is that they help eliminate fat and cholesterol from the body. Studies show that in individuals with high cholesterol (above 220) consuming just 3 grams of soluble oat fiber per day typically lowers total cholesterol by 8-23%. This is highly significant since each 1% drop in cholesterol translates to a 2% decrease in the risk of developing heart disease.

While steel-cut oats take a little longer to cook, this recipe can be put in the crock-pot the night before and be ready for you in the morning. Make it your own by adding whatever dried fruit you love. In our home we sprinkle chopped almonds on top and add a little soy milk. Our own instant oats! Enjoy!

Overnight Oatmeal

8 cups water

2 cups steel-cut oats

_ cup dried cranberries

_ cup dried blueberries

_ cup dried apricots (chopped)

Pinch of salt

Combine water, oats, dried fruit and salt in a crock-pot or slow cooker. Cover and set to low for 7-8 hours.



Novak Djokovic Credits Diet For His Success

Novak Djokovic Credits Diet For His Success

One of the familiar faces in TRANSCENDENCE, the new 5 part docu-series coming exclusively to FMTV, is 14 time Grand Slam tennis champion, Novak Djokovic. In Episode 1, titled ‘What’s In Our Food?’, Novak shares how a change to his diet was the catalyst to his 2011 comeback.

In his deeply personal interview, Djokovic shares his struggles on and off the court, which lead him to go down to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the 2010 Australian Open. From respiratory problems, an inability to cope with the heat, endurance problems, blurry vision, and a slew of other performance issues, Djokovic was fighting a losing battle with himself.

“I’ve experienced, prior to 2010 Australian Open, many struggles on the court… even though I was training hard, I felt like I was losing that fuel in my tank,” he shares.

Embarking on a life-changing journey with the help of fellow Serb, Dr. Igor Cetojevic, Djokovic found the best fuel for his body, and he hasn’t looked back since. The results were swift and impactful, with the tennis star winning ten tournaments and being crowned world number 1 within the next 12 months.

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