The following post is written by Paula Meeks, registered dietitian with Woman’s Hospital.
Oats are naturally sweet and are the most widely-eaten grains. Adding oats to our daily diet helps to reduce cholesterol and thus may reduce the risk of heart disease. It may also help people with diabetes by keeping blood glucose levels as close to normal as possible. Most people eat oats as a breakfast cereal, but oats can be used in many other types of recipes. Oats can be used as a coating to create a crunchy topping with fish or chicken, to make a pilaf, or to extend meatloaf and burgers and can be added to stews and casseroles.