With the recent discussion in regards to whether trail mix is Paleo or not, you may be surprised to learn that oats are not within the dietary guidelines due to the unhealthy elements that it possesses. In addition to that, with the variety of different oats available, you may feel a tad bit overwhelmed and have no idea where to start when it comes to avoiding oats. So, if you are confused about all the different kinds of oats that are available, this article has you covered.
What are Oats?
Oats are typically a cereal grain which is the seed of a grass called Avena Sativa. Oats are basically a whole grain, and despite it being available to be gathered by cavemen, grains aren’t Paleo as they have many negative effects on the body. As mentioned in previous articles, Paleo isn’t only about eating what is hunted and gathered. It’s also about eating only the healthiest of those.
Steel Cut (pinhead) Oats
This variety of oats are considered to be whole oats that were cut into two or three pieces. The process is done by steel cutters which ultimately produces rough, coarse oatmeal. It is often used in oatcakes and porridges.
Jumbo Rolled Oats
These whole oats can sometimes appear as flakes, and they have been softened with steam and then flattened down between rollers which ultimately gives them that appearance. Like the prior, these are often used in porridges and sometimes used raw.
Rolled oats are also steel cut oats, but they have also been steamed and rolled. So, they’re really the two prior varieties combined into one. However, they are smaller than the jumbo flakes and as a result, they can cook quicker and make much finer, smoother porridge. You can also sometimes find them in cereal bars, biscuits and oatcakes.
This is a staple in many people’s diets but it isn’t healthy. Oatmeal is made by using grooved rolls which break up the oats into different textures; coarse, medium or fine. Traditionally, porridge was made into oatmeal but it took much longer and had a significantly thicker texture. Scones, crumble toppings and biscuits also use oatmeal sometimes.
The finest of the many, oat flour is made by grinding and sieving the oats. It can also be coarse, medium or fine and is often used to bake delicious treats such as breads and cakes.
Now, you might be licking your lips and eager to eat some oats but these are the kinds of things that you want to avoid on the Paleo diet. There are excellent alternatives. So, don’t feel like you’re missing out because that is the last thing that can be said about the Paleo diet.