Oatmeal

Oatmeal

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Oatmeal is a healthy start of the day! As a complete food, it is a great base to be enriched with fresh, dried or frozen fruit, nuts and seeds. In the tabs below you find the nutrition of oatmeal and the base recipe to get you started! 

These oats grew on Ekoto's own farm. So straight from the field to you!

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Details

At a glance:

  • Wholemeal
  • Traditional variety
  • Broad nutrition profile
  • Grown in The Netherlands
  • Long shelf-life
  • Rich in Manganese

Detailed information:

  • Produced in: Etten-Leur, The Netherlands
  • Produced by: Ivar van Dorst
  • Field objective: Stripcropping, biodiversity enhancement
  • Certificates: Global GAP Certified
  • Transport mode to warehouse: Transporter van
  • Bulk storage: Multi-layered paper bags of 25 kg
  • Packaging: unbleached kraft paper bag
  • How to recycle: Refill packaging with paper and carton

Cooking

Oats are quickly prepared as oatmeal or overnight oats. But also give it a try in cakes or in bread.

Oatmeal: Use 40 gram oats for 250ml of water or (plant-based)milk, add a pinch of salt, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, fruit/honey/etc...

Overnight oats: Fill a jar with 40 grams oats and 250 ml water or milk and all other toppings you'd like. Tip: use an almost empty peanut butter jar if you like your oatmeal with peanut butter or use our small swing-top jar to take your overnight oats with you to work.

Nutrition

Oats are rich in vitamin B1, zinc, copper, potassium, magnesium and iron. As oats have a bit of everything, it is also considered to have a broad nutrition profile. As oatmeal is only the base of a meal, the toppings make it healthy or unhealthy. The choice is yours! ;)

This product may contain traces of gluten.

Nutritional value Per 100 gram Per portion (40 g) RI*
Energy 1596kJ (382 kcal) 341 kJ (81 kcal)  
Fat 7 g 2.8 g  
Of which saturated 1.2 g 0.5 g  
Carbohydrates 62 g 24.8 g  
Of which sugars 1 g 0.4 g  
Fibre 10 g 4.0 g  
Protein 13.5 g 5.4 g  
Salt 0.125 g 0.1 g  
Potassium 429 mg 171.6 mg 21%
Phosphorus 523 mg 209.2 mg 75%
Magnesium 177 mg 70.8 mg 47%
Iron 4.7 mg 1.9 mg 34%
Zinc 4 mg 1.6 mg 40%
Copper 0.6 mg 0.2 mg 60%
Manganese 4.9 mg 2.0 mg 245%
Thiamin/vitamin B1 0.8 mg 0.3 mg 73%
Pantothenic acid/vitamin B5 1.3 mg 0.5 mg 22%

 *Reference intake of an average adult ( 8400 kJ/2000 kcal) per 100gr

Seeing single micronutrients gives an idea of what is present in a product, though for many elements other complementary elements need to be present for good absorption in our body. Nutrient ratio's help with getting insight into this. 

Nutrient Ratio Value Ideal ratio
Zinc:Copper 6.34 <12
Potassium:Sodium 214.5 >2
Calcium:Magnesium 0.31 <2
Iron:Copper 7.51 <15
Calcium:Phosphorus 0.1 >1.3

Please take in mind that nutritional science is a complex science and that given information is based on what is available at the status quo.

 

Sustainability

Russia and Canada are the biggest producers of oats but compared to wheat for human consumption, oats are a grain that we do not import from these large producers far away. The oats we eat in Europe are largely produced by Sweden, Finland, Poland and the Balkan countries. The oats grown in Scandinavia are large-sized oats, as they grow in the season of long daylight in June and July. 

When globalisation came around the corner, the Balkan countries became big producers of grain, as the land is really cheap there and as grain can be stored for a long period of time. When driving through these countries in summer, the landscape is majorly filled with many large fields of golden grain. By growing not much else than grain, biodiversity decreases and the income stability of these farmers equally decreases. But also by growing the same crop year over year, the production then relies on inputs to be able to keep growing the same crop over and over again.

The Dutch landscape is rather the opposite as grains have almost disappeared from the fields. It is mainly grass and corn for animal feed, or intensive crops for export, such as potatoes, onions and sugar beets. As it is almost impossible for the soil to only grow such intensive crops, Dutch farmers sometimes grow a little bit grain. Though, farmers will not make a financial profit from grain cultivation, as the land prices are too high. Most of this grain goes to chicken and pig feed production, whilst grain for human consumption is imported.

Making grain attractive again for Dutch cultivation is a challenge, as prices in the supermarket would go up. But as agricultural soils are dangerously poor, grain crops would be very welcome. Ekoto takes on the challenge with farmers to grow grain locally again. However, we are aware of the slight increase in price compared with supermarket oats, and we will work hard to bring costs further down. In the meantime, we hope you understand the difficulty and the importance of growing grain locally. And of course, the added value of local, pesticide-free and transparently grown oats is also worth something :)

 

Producer

In the south of the Netherlands, only metres away from Ekoto's warehouse lay the fields of Ekoto. Ekoto's Farm is the experimental farm, where Ekoto is applying innovative methods, crops and techniques to pave a way to a regenerative future. At the same time Ekoto Farm also runs production crops of which oats is just one of them. 

A stripcropping field means that every long, yet narrow strip is interchanged by a variety of other crops before a certain crop is repeated in that field. Making a very bio-diverse field, which strengthens the natural protection of a crop such as oats. This system allows that no chemical inputs are needed. The field is also surrounded by a mixed flower strip, enhancing biodiversity even further.

The oat variety used is an ancient variety called Aaltertros oats. No breeding was needed to produce this healthy package of oats.