Oats are gluten free, whole grains that are packed full of goodness. They are rich sources of nutrients like vitamins, minerals, fiber and rich sources of antioxidants. Some of these nutrients include manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, iron, zinc, folate, vitamin B1 and Vitamin B5.
Oats can lower cholesterol as well as aid weight loss with the help of its beta-glucan content which is a type of soluble fiber that when dissolved in water, forms a thick, gel-like solution in the stomach. This gives one the feeling of fullness which can reduce excess food consumption and aid weight loss. This beta-glucan fiber also helps to reduce cholesterol levels.
There are several ways of consuming oats and by raw, I mean eating oats without cooking it but not included with eating it dry. Eating dry oats without any form of moisture like water added is bad for us as it causes constipation and other problems. It is best to consume oats with moisture included like water, milk or juices. Personally, I make raw oats smoothies almost every day with apples and cucumber and water, all of which have high moisture content. After blending into a smoothie, allow to sit for thirty minutes so that the oats can loosen in the moisture before consuming.