Your question is not at all naive. The primary reason for eating oats is their high soluble dietary fibre content which is beneficial to heart health. Thus eating raw oats is probably even more beneficial than eating cooked oats. In addition raw oat bran has a low glycaemic index (GI), while cooked oat bran has a high GI. Thus it is a good idea to eat raw oat bran to keep your blood glucose and insulin values steady for longer.
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