Oats (Avena sativa) are popular worldwide and linked to many health benefits.
Plus, they’re versatile and can be enjoyed cooked or raw in various recipes.
This article explains whether eating raw oats is healthy.
What are raw oats?
Oats are a widely consumed whole grain.
Since your body cannot digest the kernels, they must be processed, which includes :
1) Separating the hull from the oat groats
2) Heat and moisture treatment
3) Sizing and categorization
4) Flaking or milling
5) The final products are oat bran, oat flour, or oat flakes (also known as rolled oats).
A popular breakfast favorite, oat flakes can be enjoyed cooked or raw.
This means that you can either boil them, as when preparing oatmeal or porridge, or enjoy them cold, such as by adding raw oats to shakes.
That said, due to the heating process that all oat kernels undergo to make them digestible, raw oats are technically cooked.
While oats are most famous for their fiber and plant-based protein content, they pack various other nutrients as well .
A 1-cup (81-gram) serving of raw oats contains :