A whole cereal grain is composed of three layers: the outer rich bran layer, the germ or embryo, and the inner endosperm, which is usually made of carbohydrates, protein and lipids.
Oat bran is the outer rich layer of the whole grain (oat groats). It has a finer texture and a lighter colour than wheat bran. It is sold in bulk or packaged as a hot cereal called oat bran cereal.
Oat bran is an excellent source soluble and insoluble dietary fibre. The soluble fibre is mostly due to the presence of a complex carbohydrate called beta glucan, which is primarily responsible for lowering cholesterol levels. Oat bran contains about 7 percent beta glucan.
Oat Bran Cereal
Oat bran cereal is made up of 100% oat bran. It can be eaten as a breakfast cereal on its own or mixed with other cereals.
It can also be added as an ingredient to baked goods like breads, cookies, scones, and also pancakes and waffles. It can also be sprinkled on bread before baking.
Nutrition Facts of Oat Bran Cereal
100g (3.5oz)of Oat Bran Cereal provides 390 calories and contains the following:
- Fat: 7g;
- Carbohydrate: 66g (sugar 1g, Fibre 10g);
- Protein: 14g;
- Recommended Daily Allowance. minerals (RDA): Iron 50% and Calcium (8%) (BulkBarn)
Storage of Oat Bran Cereal
- Store in an airtight container, in a cool dry place.
- According to (BulkBarn) oat bran cereal can also be frozen to extend shelf life.