Scientifically known as Avena sativa, oats are hardy cereal grains. Records state that oats were first cultivated in Switzerland in caves belonging to the Bronze Age. Oats have been recognized as nutritious human food only recently and the leading oat producing countries are Russia, Canada, United States of America, Finland, and Poland.
Oats are consumed in different forms in different regions; they are either ground to flour, rolled or crushed to form oatmeal.
An oat bran craze swept the world in the late 80s when a research revealed that eating bran could cure many heart diseases through its cholesterol lowering property.
Myth : Ragi is hard to digest
Fact : The high fiber content of ragi leads to slower digestion and thus the only thing you should make sure while having ragi is to have lesser quantities.
Myth : Those with lactose intolerance have hardly any option to fulfill their calcium requirements
Fact : Milk and dairy foods are excellent sources of calcium but they are not the only sources. Many dairy free foods are also high in calcium for e.g. green vegetables, soy products like tofu, soymilk and millets like ragi.