Our expert says:
I think that the original recipe which was proposed by Mr Bircher in Switzerland for muesli (raw oats, grated apple and full-cream milk or cream with a handful of nuts and raisins) is probably the best and also the tastiest way of eating oats. In general, oats are eaten for the fact that they contain a lot of so-called soluble dietary fibre which may lower blood-cholesterol levels. Nowadays oats sold in the supermarket also contain a variety of added vitamins and minerals thus increasing their nutritive value. As regards the glycaemic index (GI) of oats, Oats-so-Easy, natural flavour by Jungle has a GI of 54, oat bran eaten raw has a low GI of 55, while most of the cooked oats porridges have a medium GI of about 62-68, and cooked oat bran has a high GI of 73 and certain oat porridges may have an even higher GI. Please keep in mind that the GI of any cereal product can be lowered by eating the cereal or porridge with milk or yoghurt. The oats packages usually list how their product should be cooked - 1/2 cup of oats, pinch of salt and boiling water - varying the quantity of water and the cooking period will change the thickness of the porridge. As to eating oats completely raw - this may be difficult as most oat products, even the oat meal for home cooked porridge, may have been processed to a certain degree (e.g some heating or pre-cooking to shorten the cooking period). Perhaps you could enquire at a health shop to find stone-ground, raw oats.
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