THE EVOLUTION OF OATS: EVERYTHING IN LIFE HAS CHANGED WHY HASN’T YOUR OATS?

There’s no better breakfast than a hearty bowl of oats on a cold winter’s morning. The versatility of oats also makes it a very popular ingredient to have at home, cooked, overnight oats, muesli or granola makes an excellent breakfast, used to bake rusks, biscuits, muffins and breads and then oats can even make an appearance to bind your burger patties. With countless options and even more health benefits let’s take a closer look at the evolution of oats. The History of Oats Oats had a very humble beginning despite the widespread praise it gets today. Oats was one of the last major cereal grains to be domesticated, around 3,000 years ago in Europe1. It originated as weeds that grew within cultivated fields of various other crops1,2. The Romans and Greeks saw it as nothing more than a diseased version of wheat, only good enough for animal feed. The slow rise in popularity was also due to the bland taste and the fact that oats would go rancid very quickly, as a result they must be processed promptly. Nowdays oat(Avena L., Poaceae family) is one of the most commonly cultivated cereals worldwide and a valuable resource in numerous countries both for human consumption and animal feed1,2. Uses of Oats Besides being a very nutritious food both for animal and human consumption, oats has many other uses namely:
  • Medicinal purposes: helps to reduce the risk of many diseases, including heart disease, helpful in lowering cholesterol, triglyceride and even blood sugar levels, it can even help with weight management2-4.
  • Agronomy: Used as a starter crop (natural herbicide) or as a weed barrier, erosion control, planted for groundcover, makes a great fertilizer and used as mulch2.
  • Consumption: used for many years in whisky, as a coffee substitute, to prepare feeds such ashay, pasture and grains2.
  • Other: Used to produce cosmetics, paper, fibre, animal bedding, pillow filling and thatching. Waste products and hulls are commonly used in the refining of lubricant oils, used in the manufacturing of shoe dyes, herbicides, fungicides, and soil fumigants as well as the production of nylon2.
From being used predominantly as feed for animals to its many alternative uses, oats have quickly become popular as consumers aim to follow more healthy lifestyles. Evolved and produced in various forms to suit all needs we find it as whole oats, oat bran, steel cut oats, rolled oats, quick oats and instant oats, there surely is an oat type for everyone1,3. Benefits of Oats Oats has countless health benefits, if you are not convinced yet, perhaps the below will help3-6
  • Helps reduce the risk of many diseases
  • Heart health benefit, helps to lower cholesterol levels
  • Helps manage blood glucose levels
  • High fibre content helps keep you fuller for longer and keeps your digestive system healthy
  • Provides energy and packed with nutrients
WHERE DOES FUTURELIFE® FIT IN? FUTURELIFE® Smart Oats® and Ancient Grainsis a scientificallyformulated blend of 5 whole grains, includingsteel cut oats and ancient grains.Each grain is carefully prepared to retain its wholegrain properties providing a wholesome source ofprotein and beta glucan fibre known to reduce cholesterol. FUTURELIFE® Smart Oats®, with 9 addedkey minerals, is perfect for the whole family.Just add boiling water or milk and enjoy in just 1 minute! THE FACTS 5 Whole Grains FUTURELIFE® Smart Oats® and Ancient Grains ismade from a unique blend of 5 different whole grains namely:
  • Oats:Contain beta-glucans,known to assist in themanagement andreduction of cholesterol.
  • Maize:Through our exclusivecooking process, thiswholegrain maize retainsmore of its nutritionalvalue and fibre.
  • Rice:Ground down to a fine powder, this grain provides both energy and a unique smoother texture.
  • Sorghum:This nutrient-richancient grain provides amuch-loved texture andtaste.
  • Quinoa:This is an ancient grainnaturally providing all essential amino acids.
CONCLUSION With so many options out there, you surely want to make the best breakfast choice for your family, and it couldn’t be any easier with FUTURELIFE®. The next time you are buying oats remember to look out for FUTURELIFE® Smart Oats® and Ancient Grains. After all, everything in life has changed, why hasn’t your oats? REFERENCES
  1. Williams, J. K. (2006, November 24). A Brief History of Oats — And How You Should Eat Them. Retrieved from Fight Times: https://magazine.fighttimes.com/a-brief-history-of-oats-and-how-you-should-eat-them/
  2. Avena Introduction. (n.d.). Retrieved from Gramene: https://archive.gramene.org/species/avena/oat_intro.html
  3. All about Oats. (2019, January 29). Retrieved from Unlock Food: http://www.unlockfood.ca/en/Articles/Heart-Health/All-About-Oats.aspx
  4. Camiel, L. (n.d.). Oats: Superfood or Super-Medicine – 3 Health Benefits of Avena Sativa. Retrieved from Lana Camiel: http://www.lanacamiel.com/oats-superfood-super-medicine/
  5. Mahan, L., Escott-Stump, S., & Raymond, J. (2012). Krause's Food & the Nutrition Care Process 13th Edition.
  6. Palsdottir, H. (2016, July 19). 9 Health Benefits of Eating Oats and Oatmeal. Retrieved from Healthline: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/9-benefits-oats-oatmeal