Organic Oat Bran from Real Foods.
Most adults should get at least 25g of fibre a day. On average most people in the UK eat only about 12g of fibre a day. So you should aim to double or triple your intake by consciously adding soluble fibre to foods. Oat bran can be added to any food, like soups and casseroles, simple add enough liquid (around 3 times) to let it swell in cooking. You can also add it to many baking recipes. For instance, try swapping one quarter of the flour in recipes with pulverised bran. It needs minimal cooking time, 2-3 minutes is all that's necessary. Many people enjoy adding a small amount to their porridge or muesli for extra nutrition, add to muffins or breads while baking, or stir into smoothies for extra fibre. 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.
Oat Bran contains a high content of a unique type of soluble fibre called beta-glucan, which bestows some remarkable health properties, and is incredibly beneficial for weight loss. A bowl of oat bran contains about 50% more fibre than the same size bowl of porridge, it also has more antioxidants, protein, calcium, iron, thiamine, phosphorus, riboflavin, magnesium, and zinc than oatmeal or porridge oat flakes. Oat Bran is often recommended for followers of the Dukan Diet.