What are the Different Types of Oats?

The different Oats types differ basis the extent of processing they undergo prior to packaging. Broad categories are below:

Steel Cut Oats
These are made by cutting Oat kernels into two or three pieces with a sharp metal blade. They are easier to cook than oat groats (raw kernels) because water can penetrate the smaller pieces more easily. Steel-cut oats have a coarse, chewy texture and nuttier flavor than rolled or quick oats.

Rolled Oats – regular (old fashioned)
These are made when oat groats are steamed and then rolled into flakes. This process stabilizes the healthy oils in the oats, so they stay fresh longer, and helps the oats cook faster because of the larger surface area of the flattened oats. They have a milder flavor and softer texture

Rolled Oats – quick or instant
Further rolling the oat flakes to make them thinner, and/or steaming them longer, will create quick oats and ultimately instant oats. They cook within a few minutes, have a mild flavor and soft, mushy texture. Nutrition remains the same as they are all whole grains

Comparison Chart:

The important point to note is that ALL OATS TYPES ARE 100% WHOLE GRAIN

Hence Nutritional Benefits of all Oats types are very similar.

Note: The Only difference is the Glycemic Index (GI) of the Oats types. The lower the processing, the lower is the GI. Hence Steel Cut Oats have the lowest GI amongst the Oats grades.

However, all forms of Oats are still considered a low Glycemic Index food

Share blog: