Shopping List Superfoods: Oatmeal
Oats are steamed, flattened, and sliced in different ways, producing the several types of oats available. These include “old-fashioned” (regular) oats, quick oats, and instant oats. (Their names, as you can tell, designate how fast they’ll cook up into oatmeal.) Oats are considered a whole grain because after processing, their bran and germ remain intact.
In stores, you can buy steel-cut oats (aka Irish oatmeal, which are chewier and heartier), Scottish oatmeal (these are stone-ground oats and creamy), rolled oats (aka regular or old-fashioned), and, as mentioned earlier, quick or instant oats, which are made by rolling oat flakes even thinner than the old-fashioned variety.