Also known as Irish, Scots, Coarse-Cut or Steel Cut Oats. "A grain which in England is generally given to horses, but which in Scotland appears to support the people" is how Samuel Johnson famously defined it in his early dictionary. Oatmeal still supports the Scots today with a wide range of recipes calling for it, not forgetting the classic... porridge!
Oats are high in potassium, have useful amounts of calcium and are also a fair source of protein whilst being high in soluble fibre (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.
For more information on the types and uses of oats here's our Real Foods guide to oats