Gold Top Organics' Steel Cut Oats are:
- made from the finest organically grown oats in Canada.
- natural. Oats are the only ingredients. No sugar or salt added.
- manufactured in a peanut free and kosher approved facility.
Steel cut oats are the whole oat kernels cut into pieces by a steel blade.These pieces of oats contains the bran and germ of the oat seed (1) resulting in higher fibre, protein, and other nutrients than instant oatmeal. The higher concentrations of nutrients may help lower the blood sugars responses to a meal (i.e. glycemic index). In fact, the glycemic index of steel cut oats is less than 55 compared to above quick oats (56 - 69) and instant oats (above 70). A lower glycemic index food may help you:
- feel fuller which may help in weight lost.
- control your blood sugars.
- improve cholesterol levels which may help control some risk factors for heart disease. (2)
Furthermore, oats have been a staple in North American diets. The grain is used in many applications such as food, binding agent, cosmetics, and more.
Oats have a soluble fermentable fibre known as β-glucan. For over 50 years, study after study has proven the beneficial effects of β-glucan on cholesterol levels. Studies with people who have high cholesterol (e.g. above 220 mg/dl) and who ate 3 g of oat fibre (e.g. the amount in one bowl of oatmeal) per day experienced a total cholesterol drop of 8-23 %. This result is important because 1 % drop in serum cholesterol translates to a 2 % lower risk of developing heart disease.
Beta-glucan has also been shown to help people with diabetes control their blood sugars. Eating oatmeal or oat bran rich foods helps lower the rises in blood sugars after eating compared to eating rice or bread. Starting out a day with blood sugar stabilizing foods such as oats may help control blood sugars throughout the day.
Oats are also rich in magnesium, a co-factor for more than 300 enzymes involved in critical bodily functions. Therefore, oats also help provide important minerals that the body needs.
Why use this product?
Gold Top Organics Steel Cut Oats is simply oats without any other ingredients added. No hidden sugar or salt.
Oats, oat bran, and oatmeal contain a fibre known as beta-glucan (β-glucan). This soluble fermentable fibre along with other soluble fibres have been shown to help:
- lower cholesterol levels.
- regulate blood sugar levels.
- provide a "feel full longer" feeling.