Increasingly, people are talking about proper nutrition. The useful properties of certain products are studied, tips and recommendations are given. This article will be about oatmeal. The benefits and harms of this product for the human body also find out.
Types of cereals
The main problem that appears during the processing of grain crops is the production of whole grains. In order to reduce the amount of crushed grain, special equipment and hydrothermal treatment are used. The latter includes several stages:
- steaming and drying.
Thanks to this process, the grain becomes strong and maintains integrity.
There are only two types of cereals from oats:
- Unfinished. The grain is steamed, peeled and ground. There are three varieties of this type of cereal: higher, first, second.
- Cereals. The groats are flattened by passing through the rolls.
If we talk about "Hercules", then it is made as follows: grains are cleaned, separated from the embryos, steamed, flattened and passed through rolls.
What is the difference between oatmeal "Hercules" from just oatmeal, we learn later.
The usefulness of a product depends on its composition. That is why, before continuing the topic of the benefits and harms of oatmeal, you should find out about those who leave it. A large number of natural antioxidants helps the body to resist the effects of irritants. Methionine, found in cereals, has a positive effect on the nervous system.
Minerals help restore and strengthen bone tissue, iron will relieve anemia.
The cereal contains vegetable digestible protein of high quality. It is necessary for the construction of cells. Dietary fiber contained in the product does not dissolve in the digestive tract. They swell and help cleanse the intestinal walls of harmful waste.
The product also contains starch, a complex of amino acids, and B vitamins. All these components protect nerve cells and have a beneficial effect on metabolic processes, the condition of the skin and hair.
It should be noted about such a property of cereals as the stabilization of blood sugar.
Most people think that oatmeal and Hercules are the same thing. One can agree with this opinion, and no.
Let's start with oatmeal. What does oatmeal look like? The product is whole oat. It looks like ordinary cereal, like barley or wheat. The product is preparing for at least an hour. If it is in the form of a chop, then it can be brought to readiness in forty minutes.
Natural food is not subjected to heat and mechanical processing. That is why, if we talk about the benefits and harms of oatmeal, it should be distinguished this kind. It retains all the benefits of unrefined grains and a rich chemical composition.
From it are not deleted:
Namely, they contain the maximum amount of natural vitamins, antioxidants, trace elements and the unique substance of beta-glucan. It helps lower bad cholesterol.
From this we can conclude: if you have time for cooking, then give preference to this particular type of product.
In order to make a comparison between it and oatmeal, you should get a little information about the product.
Hercules is oatmeal. They are very popular. The reason is that the cooking time is from three to twenty minutes.
If we talk about the cost, then this product is more expensive, because in order to get flakes, the grain is exfoliated, hard scales are removed. After that, it is steamed at high temperature.
The cereal swells, it is passed through the rollers. She turns into flakes. This treatment reduces cooking time. Depending on it, Hercules is divided into the following types:
- quick cooking: cooking time - from two to five minutes;
- medium: cooks from five to fifteen minutes;
- long: from fifteen to twenty-five minutes.
The most useful view is the last. It is least processed, which means that it retains its basic properties.
In order to summarize all of the above, we study the table.
What does oatmeal look like
whole or crushed grain
soft and gentle
grain is felt
Calorie content (per hundred grams)
Glycemic index (unit)
As you can see, there are no big differences. Nutritionists recommend a compromise - long-term flakes.
We continue the conversation about oatmeal, the benefits and dangers of the product.
Starting this conversation, it must be said that oatmeal is a source of health, beauty and youth.
- Perfectly envelops the stomach.
- Improves the digestion process.
- Great breakfast dish. Quickly and permanently saturates.
- Restores strength after mental and physical work.
- It fights the detoxification of the body. Improves intestinal motility, cleanses it.
- It makes the skin healthy, and the general condition is better. Rejuvenates the human body from the inside and outside (with regular use).
- It relieves blood and blood vessels from cholesterol deposits.
- Strengthens the skeletal system and improves brain activity.
- An excellent prophylactic against edema.
- Oatmeal dishes strengthen the nervous system, normalize sleep and soothe.
- The product is also used for cosmetic purposes: cleansing and anti-aging masks are prepared from it.
- Good oatmeal for pregnant and lactating women.
- Use it and during weight loss - this is an effective tool.
Oatmeal is for those who care about their health.
But if there are pluses, there will certainly be minuses. Do not buy porridge with additives and do not abuse this product. Otherwise, calcium deficiency may occur.
More about healing properties
It has already been noted above about the health benefits of oatmeal. Let's talk about this in more detail.
- The enveloping property is one of the characteristics of oat dishes. Thanks to him, porridge from oatmeal in water or milk is good for gastrointestinal diseases. They are eaten with gastritis, peptic ulcer of the duodenum, stomach. Decoctions help to cope with constipation, diarrhea, flatulence.
- It helps oats and dishes from it with nervous exhaustion, sleep disturbances, fatigue, migraines and headaches.
- Fiber removes harmful substances from the body. Helps the intestines work and counteracts obesity. Fiber beta-glucans restore the beneficial intestinal microflora, lower blood sugar and cholesterol.
- Oatmeal helps people suffering from diabetes and pancreatic diseases. Thanks to it, the bile ducts and liver are cleansed.
- Oatmeal is used for muscle mass gain.
- For older people, the product is used as a prophylactic for osteoporosis, joint diseases.
For the prevention of cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases and excretory system, a decoction of oats is used.
Many not only healthy, but also delicious dishes can be prepared from oatmeal. Milk porridge is one of them. She is loved and appreciated. Fruits, honey, raisins, some spices are added to it.
People with gastrointestinal problems are recommended soup and kissel from this product. You can bake delicious cookies, pies, and more. Healthy and fragrant bread is also cooked from oatmeal.
Unfinished product is poured into soup (it does not boil for a long time). Good nutritionists love to combine oatmeal with fruits and yogurt.
This ingredient is delicious in salads and second courses. Use it as a stuffing for stuffing. Cutlets and meatballs are prepared from cereals.
Which oatmeal dish will be on the menu depends on your imagination.
Now about porridge
She is very helpful. This has already been talked about a lot. The composition of oatmeal is also proof of this. It looks like a dish for those who like to eat well and monitor their weight.
Rinse the grains well before cooking. Pour them into boiling water or milk (the proportion is one to three). During cooking, it must be constantly stirred and not covered. How to cook oatmeal? About forty minutes.
We turn to cereal porridge. Choose a product with minimal conditioning. A dish is prepared from fifteen to twenty minutes.
During cooking, the grain secretes mucus - it envelops the walls of the stomach. The longer the product is cooked, the more useful the dish.
According to an old recipe: oatmeal porridge
It will take one liter of water, two hundred and fifty grams of grain, one tablespoon of sugar, fifty grams of oil and salt.
- The cereal is washed, filled with boiling water, covered with a lid.
- Swells all night (at least eight hours).
- Then sugar and salt are added to the mixture. It is mixed and transferred to a pot.
- Put in the oven. The temperature is one hundred degrees. It languishes for two hours.
- After that, the pot is taken out, oil is added to the porridge. Mixes up.
Oatmeal plus dried fruits
Dried fruits will change the taste of the dish, make it more healthy and rich. To make breakfast faster, take crushed cereals. In order to make a treat, you will need:
- two hundred grams of flattened oats;
- six hundred and fifty milliliters of water;
- dried apricots - five pieces;
- two tablespoons of raisins;
- sugar and salt to taste.
- Wash raisins and dried apricots and pour boiling water for twenty minutes.
- Sort out cereals and rinse with warm water.
- Put the oatmeal in the pan, fill it with water. Add raisins, cut into small pieces of dried apricots.
- Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce fire to a minimum.
- Cook for twenty-five minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add sugar, salt.
Such a dish in the morning will help to recharge your batteries with energy and energy for the whole day.
It will be about oatmeal pancakes. You can cook them with sugar and without it. If this ingredient is not used, then the treat can be served with salad, as a side dish.
The cooking process is as follows:
- Beat the egg. If you are on a diet, then take only protein.
- Add flakes (best soft).
- Put some yogurt or yogurt.
- Beat everything thoroughly.
- Preheat the non-stick pan.
- Do not add oil. Pour the dough into a pan.
- Cook over medium heat. First, on the one hand, then on the other.
Pancakes with sugar:
- Mix oatmeal with water. Salt and pour sugar.
- The resulting mixture is infused for fifteen minutes.
- Add flour and bake pancakes.
Here are two recipes for delicious oatmeal dishes. Now one more - for those who monitor their weight.
Dietary delicacy on kefir
Oatmeal fritters according to this recipe are suitable for people who adhere to proper nutrition, but they can not stand the taste of oatmeal. By adding fruit, you change it. Useful qualities are preserved.
We proceed to the cooking process.
- Using a coffee grinder or blender, the flakes are crushed to powder. Pay particular attention to the quality of the cereal. Otherwise, crepes may be bitter.
- In a deep bowl with a blender, turn a banana into porridge. It is best to use an overripe fruit. In this case, sugar is not added.
- Add kefir, baking powder, a spoonful of oil to a banana.
- Add the flakes and flour to the resulting mass. It turns out the usual dough.
- Heat the pan. Put a little oil, melt it. Spread the dough in small portions.
- The finished dish can be poured with honey.
Fritters are obtained not only tasty, but also useful.
Cooking oatmeal in a slow cooker and with chocolate
In many families, this item has become an indispensable tool. Oatmeal porridge in a slow cooker also turns out to be tasty, and most importantly - healthy. And for this you do not need to stand for a long time at the stove. All necessary products are put in the bowl. The "Milk porridge" mode is activated. The cooking time is set - twenty minutes. After this time, the dish is ready.
Healthy food is good, but even better if it is tasty. That's why now let's talk about oatmeal with chocolate. It is prepared from instant flakes. It turns out delicious porridge on the water. This will require two hundred grams of the main ingredient, water - four hundred and fifty milliliters. One tablespoon of cocoa, you can add nuts or banana. Sugar, salt - to taste.
A treat is being prepared as follows:
- Groats are poured with cold water.
- Stirred and put on fire.
- Once it boils, make the fire less and cook for two minutes.
- Then add sugar, salt, cocoa. Stir and cook for another three minutes.
- After that, add banana or nuts.
This dish will appeal to everyone. Even those who don’t like oatmeal.
In this section, we’ll talk about contraindications. The following categories of people are not recommended to eat dishes where oats are used:
- patients with renal failure;
- with gallstone disease;
- with exacerbation of diseases associated with the gastrointestinal tract.
And again: do not overdo it. Everything should be in moderation.