Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Feel Your Oats in the Morning

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Feel Your Oats in the Morning

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MY IRISH grandfather always started the day with a bowlful, even before Dr. James Anderson of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine brought out research that showed how oatmeal and cooked dried beans each lowered cholesterol levels by an average of 19 percent.

Researchers told us that soluble fiber in oat bran affects absorption of the cholesterol by several means, which may include binding bile acids or altering gastrointestinal motility.

To my grandfather, all this sounded a little complex. He just thought oatmeal for breakfast tasted good and gave a stick-to-your-ribs feeling. No matter what your reasoning, oats - and other low-fat, fiber-rich whole grains - are a good foundation to healthy eating. Oats are sold in three types. From the whole oat, or groat, you get steel-cut or Scotch oats, rolled oats and quick-cooking oats. Steel-cut oats are the roughest grind. For rolled oats, the next grind, manufacturers slice the groat into three or four pieces before grinding. After being sliced, the rolled oats are steamed to inactivate the fat-splitting enzymes that could cause rancidity when exposed to air. Quick-cooking oats are made from the smaller pieces and thinnest flakes of the oat groat; quick-cooking oats are partly cooked to allow them to absorb water quickly when fully cooked later. I buy rolled oats and store them in the freezer for the longest keeping. Besides morning oatmeal, I add them to bread dough, muffins, waffles and pancakes, and even puree them for soups (to thicken without cream). I think my grandfather would have loved this updated version of oatmeal. Tiny bits of apple and a sprinkle of cinnamon make it a sweet treat on crisp fall mornings. APPLE PIE OATMEAL 1 cup water 1 cup apple juice 1/2 cup diced apple 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 cup raisins 1 cup rolled oats Maple syrup Combine water, apple juice, apple, cinnamon and raisins in medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. …

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