To be honest I do not use that much bread but hubby does, and no matter how hard I try, I cannot get him off it, he deems it to be part of his staple diet!
So, I decided to try this oat bread, to see how different it tasted. To be honest, it barely tasted that different at all!
So, why oats?
Oats are a better source of good carbs, slower to digest, make you feel fuller for longer. Oats are also a good source of fibre and is richer in protein than wheat. A diet that is rich in fibre has shown to reduce certain cancers, specifically colon cancer, diabetes, digestive problems and heart disease.
Whole oats are oats that still contain their endosperm, bran and germ. Whole oats are an excellent source of fiber, protein and vitamins. Studies have shown that whole oats have a specific kind of fiber referred to as beta-glucan, which has shown to be especially effective in lowering cholesterol. Whole grain oats contain seven vitamins, including vitamin E and a host of nutrients, including iron and calcium. Oats have twice the amount of protein than whole wheat or whole corn. Whole oat products include whole grain oat groats, steel cut oats and thick oats.
Looking at the actual nutritional comparison between the breads though, here is what I found:
- obviously, one has more oats.
- The oat bread was slightly lower in carb and higher in protein
- The oat bread was much higher in fibre
- Oat bread was a fraction higher in calories.
Whats so good about fibre?
The advantages of consuming fiber are the production of healthful compounds during the fermentation of soluble fiber, and insoluble fibre’s ability (via its passive hygroscopic properties) to increase bulk, soften stool, and shorten transit time through the intestinal tract.
Oat bread V Wheat Bread?
Given the choice and how little they differ in taste, the oat bread is definitely more beneficial than the wheat based bread. Specially if you are watching your body fat. It will also help raise your protein intake (good for building muscles and aiding repair) and lowering carb intake.