What is an Oat?

Oats – A Natural Superfood

Oats are a WHOLE GRAIN, meaning they include all three parts of the edible grain in the proportions that nature intended.

The outer layer of the Oat is called the BRAN it protects the seed and is fibre rich, contains B vitamins and minerals and is rich in both soluble and insoluble fibres.

The middle layer of the oat is called the ENDOSPERM which provides energy for the seed and contains protein & carbohydrates. This is where the soluble fibre,  beta – glucan is kept which helps lower cholesterol re-absorption^.

The small core of the oat is called the GERM which nourishes the seed and contains antioxidants, vitamins and healthy fats.

Oats contain fibre and B vitamins, to help release energy from food, antioxidant vitamins and phytonutrients to help balance free radicals, and protein for cell growth and repair. They also contain carbohydrates with a small amount of polyunsaturated fat, iron, magnesium, copper and zinc.

 Benefits of Oats

Oats are a natural superfood, providing fibre and protein, and the beta glucan fibre found in oats helps to lower cholesterol re-absorption^.


^A 40g serve of oats provides a minimum of 1 g beta –glucan. Oats can help lower cholesterol re-absorption as part of a diet low in saturated fat. 3g of beta-glucan each day is required to help lower cholesterol re-absorption.

Cholesterol lowering diet

Oats can be included as part of a balanced diet, are quick and easy to prepare for breakfast porridge, or can be used in baking and cooking recipes. The cholesterol re-absorption lowering quality of oats comes from a natural soluble fibre called beta-glucan, found mostly in the outer bran layer of the oat grain. Beta-glucan helps to lower cholesterol re-absorption by limiting absorption of some cholesterol in the gut.

With their whole grain content, nutrients such as fibre and protein, as well as their ability to lower cholesterol re-absorption, UNCLE TOBYS Oats really are one of nature’s superfoods.