This is the oat before it is rolled or ground or processed in any way. Oat Groats can be used as an alternative to porridge or rice.
Oats are high in potassium, have useful amounts of calcium and are also a fair source of protein whilst being high in soluble and insoluble fibre (great for healthy digestion and proven to help lower cholesterol). They are also moderately rich in B vitamins, B1, B2 and especially inositol, and their carbohydrates provide a long slow delivery of energy to our systems. They can be useful in preventing heart disease and maintaining healthy circulation. They also contain beta glucans which boost the immune system.