The thick outer hull of the oat has been removed and the slender in size oat groat has been stabilized for human consumption. Oats can be milled in a variety of forms that include oat flour, regular oats, quick oats, and thick oats. Oat flour should be combined with other strong gluten content flours to provide structure, texture and flavor in bread making. Possessing a nutty, light, sweet flavor, oats make a tasty and flavorful ingredient for oatmeal, porridge, cookies, scones, quick breads and granola. Oats are a good source of protein, dietary fiber, thiamin, phosphorus and manganese.
The organic certification attests that specific requirements were verified by a USDA-accredited certifying agent before products can be labeled “USDA organic”. When it comes to crops, the USDA organic seal indicates that no irradiation, sewage sludge, synthetic fertilizers, prohibited pesticides, and genetically modified organisms were used.
The National Organic Program's (NOP) mission is to ensure the integrity of USDA organic products in the United States and throughout the world. The NOP is responsible for developing national standards for organically produced agricultural products. These standards assure consumers that products with the USDA organic seal meet consistent, uniform standards. NOP regulations do not address food safety or nutrition.