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Scottish Oatmeal - Health Magician

After such a popular response from our shortened article from Dr. Oz's website about Foods for Deep Sleep, we decided we should tell you more about Scottish Oatmeal. What's the background, full benefits, and how do you prepare it? Let's find out!

Scottish Oatmeal is a pulverized oat that makes a creamy cereal. Oatmeal has a long history in Scotland because oats are better suited than wheat for the country's short growing season. Over time it became a staple grain in the country. Traditionally, Scottish people soak the oatmeal over night and cook it on low heat in the morning. The oatmeal is usually ground into a powder, with three various grades:  coarse, pinhead (medium), and fine.

Scottish oatmeal has been recently brought to light by Doctor Oz., who placed it as one of his foods for deep sleep. Oatmeal in general has avena, which is an herbal plant with calming abilities. Oatmeal is especially good for those who face long-term stress and feel like they have a frazzled nervous system. Oatmeal also contains melatonin and complex carbohydrates that can help you unwind before falling asleep. Beyond just sleep benefits, Scottish oatmeal is high in fiber and may help lower LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels, while maintaining HDL ("good") levels. Iron, vitamin B and E,selenium and zinc provides nutrition to the body and may help increase memory. Fiber in oatmeal helps prevent constipation and digestive problems. It is also healthy for diabetic patients as the soluble fiber controls the blood glucose levels of diabetic patients. Last, but not least, lubricating fats in oats acts as a great moisturizer and makes a protective layer over the skin to fight UV rays. Basically, oatmeal has ALOT of benefits!

Scottish oatmeal is a steel cut oat, which refers to the process used to ground the oat. It is much faster to cook than traditional steel cut oats, and has all the nutrients of traditional oats. The cook time can vary on the "grade" you choose to buy, but can range from 4-20 minutes. Fine grained Scottish oats will cook much faster than coarse grained, so for those of you who aren't morning people, fine grained is the option for you! Preparing Scottish oatmeal depends on the grade selected, but most recipes show a 2:1 ratio or even 3:1 for cups of water to cup(s) of oats.

Here are some directions for breakfast cereal: http://nuts.com/cookingbaking/grains/oats/scottish-oatmeal.html

Here are some directions for cookies:  http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1810,156168-229193,00.html

Hope that helps!

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Works Cited:
http://www.boldsky.com/health/wellness/2011/oatmeal-health-benefits-170611-aid0158.html
http://www.chow.com/food-news/54417/whats-the-difference-between-types-of-oatmeal/
http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/what-eat-deep-sleep?page=3
http://vitaminamy.wordpress.com/

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