oats flour
Last Updated : May 18,2018


Oats Flour Glossary |Health Benefit + Recipes with Oats Flour | Tarladalal.com
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Description
Oats flour is a gluten-free form of whole grain flour made from whole oats that have been ground into a powder. Delicious oats are a natural source of heart healthy soluble fiber. As flour, it can be mixed with other flours derived from grains such as buckwheat or rice or corn meal to create breads with interesting flavors and textures. Oats flour is off-white in colour with little coarse texture as compared to plain flour.

How to Select
Oats flour is available prepackaged. When purchasing goods made from oats flour it is important to examine the packaging. Examine the pack for leaks, manufacturing and expiry dates. Avoid buying oats flour that are mixed with other flours like whole wheat flour. plain flour etc. Read the labels carefully.

Culinary Uses
• Add oat flour or whole oats the next time you make bread or muffins.
• It can be assimilated as a part of any meal breakfast, lunch or dinner.
• It can act as a thickening agent for soups & gravies instead of maida & replace wheat flour in Indian cooking.
• Because oat flour is gluten-free, you can’t substitute it for all the flour in baked goods that need the gluten help for slow rising, such as yeast breads.
• Because oat flour is gluten-free, you can’t substitute it for all the flour in baked goods that need the gluten help for slow rising, such as yeast breads.

How to Store
Oats flour is more susceptible to spoilage than other flours because it contains the oils from the bran that can become rancid. If the flour is stored at room temperature, try to use it within a week or two. Otherwise you can store the flour in the fridge or freezer for longer periods of time of up to a year.

Health Benefits
• Oats have been around for centuries and they are considered to be one of the best source of soluble fiber.
• This fiber helps lower blood LDL cholesterol, the so-called "Bad" cholesterol.
• Oats absorb the extra fat & flush it out of the system. That is why they cure constipation because of the high soluble fiber & assist in regulating gastro-intestinal functions.
• A diet which is rich in oats may also help stabilize blood glucose levels, which could help people with non-insulin dependent diabetes
• Oats flour have some unique fatty acids & antioxidants which together with vitamin E slow cell damage & have been shown to reduce the risk of cancer.
• Oats flour is low in fat & salt; they are a good source of natural iron.
• Being a good source of calcium, they are ideal for heart, bones & nails.
• Several types of baby foods contain oats, mainly in the form of whole oat flour.
• Dry pabulum type infant food often use just oat flour with a little barley malt & some vitamins & minerals. The product is "drummed" to create very thin flakes of pabulum. Thin oat flakes are equally useful for invalids ask for toddlers. They can easily be swallowed & are easy to digest.




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