Steel cut oats could be considered a “power food” because they are an excellent source of protein, soluble and insoluble fiber and select vitamins and minerals. They retain more fiber and protein than rolled out, the way they are processed. They are being passed through sharp, steel blades that cut them into thin slices. They are never cooked opposed to rolled and quick oats. Therefore their cooking time is longer. Steel-cut oats take 15 to 20 minutes to cook.
- Nutritional Profile- Steel cut oats have 5 g fiber per 1/4 cup dry oats, including 2 g insoluble fiber, 7g of protein and 150-170 calories.It is relatively high in glutamic acid and aspartic acid, and low in tryptophan. Steel cut oats are also a good source of B vitamins and vitamin E, providing at least 10 percent of the recommended daily allowance for thiamin, niacin, riboflavin and niacin.One serving of steel cut oats provides 10 percent of the iron you need each day.
- Health Benefits- The insoluble fiber in steel oats includes d-beta-glucan which is associated with improved blood sugar levels in diabetes and improved cholesterol levels. Beta-glucans help neutrophils navigate to the infected site quickly and destroy germs, boosting immune system. Antioxidants found in oats as lignin with phytochemical properties, prevent and fight cancer.
- Usage- You can use steel-cut oats as a cereal, such as in oatmeal, or add them to baked goods for a heavy, nutritious product.