It is difficult to think of a more wholesome food than oats. Even when you pour oats from a container you purchase at the grocery store, it looks so amazingly healthy and unadulterated—as if there was no processing plant between you and the food at all. And unlike many things, in this instance, you can judge a book by its cover.
Oats are considered a cereal grain and are commonly used to feed livestock. Known for their cholesterol-lowering properties, they are often touted commercially for being nutritious, and oat bran—the outer casing of the oat—and its consumption is believed to reduce LDL cholesterol, possibly lowering the risk of heart disease. Also, the soluble fiber in whole oats is a class of polysaccharides known as beta-d-glucan.1