First, lets start with what exactly an oat is. An oat is composed of three parts: the germ, the endosperm, and the bran. The germ is packed with nutrients, the endosperm is full of carbohydrates and protein, and the bran contains fiber.
The method to making rolled oats involves the whole, dehusked oat groat (grain kernel) being steamed and rolled into flakes. This process stabilizes healthy oils in the oats, which keeps them fresh longer.
Oats are mainly grown in North America and Europe. At The Granola Factory, we use oats that are delivered fresh from St. Ansgar, Iowa. The midwest is the biggest grower of grains and a huge supplier of oats. Our oats are shipped to Lancaster County and delivered straight to our bakery.
When it comes to oats, there are numerous health benefits and reasons why they would be a great addition to any diet. Oats are a good source of thiamine (vitamin B1), iron, fiber, protein, and antioxidants. Oats can lower blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and reduce the risk of heart disease thanks to the high amounts of beta-glucans.
Why choose granola over processed cereals? The whole grains used in granola really make a difference when it comes to nutrition. The grains used in processed cereals are ground into flour and known as refined grains. This process removes the dietary fiber, iron, and vitamins. Refined grains can lead to weight gain, inflammation, and blood sugar imbalances. Whole grains are always a better option when it comes to health!