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Have breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper goes the popular saying, therefore it goes without saying that the breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Hence, it would be good to have healthy options, which are wholesome and definitely tasty. All meals should be enjoyed, but definably breakfast because it gives your day a good start.

Origins

The origins of oats can be traced back to around 2,000 B.C. in the Middle East and 1,000 B.C. in Germany. Those days because oats were considered good only as animal feed because they contain little gluten. However, because oats can grow in conditions where wheat and barley cannot, their usefulness was noticed especially during harsh years and they were considered a grain for the poor. Today, about 95% of all oats grown are used as animal feed.

Ode to oats

I enjoy oats and can never tire counting its benefits. Oats cook quickly and they are rich in fibre and most importantly they do not lose valuable nutrients during the cooking process. They are nourishing and at the same time help to lower the bad cholesterol and keep the blood sugar levels stable. They contain nearly four times more fatty acids than wheat, so they can be considered a high calorie food containing 19% more calories than wheat. One third of those fats are the polyunsaturated type, which are required for good health. Also, oats are rich in B-vitamins, vitamin E and essential minerals.

Culinary uses

Most commonly oats are rolled or crushed into oatmeal or ground into flour. Chiefly oats are cooked in porridge. Also, they can be used to make a variety of baked items like oatcakes, oatmeal cookies and oat bread. They are widely, added to muesli and granola and delicious pancakes. Typical Indian breakfast items like upma or uttapam are incomplete without oats.

Oats go into the making of several drinks like beer, oatmeal stout, oat malt etc. A cold, sweet drink called avena is made of ground oats and milk, which is quite popular throughout Latin America. Oatmeal caudle made of ale and oatmeal with spices is a traditional British drink.

Through modern science won't learn that oats are a remarkable health food. With a relatively high soluble and insoluble fiber content of 10%, oats are excellent in lowering cholesterol and reducing the risk of heart disease.