heart-shaped whole oats

Oat fiber is a soluable fiber used to increase fiber in baked goods and to achieve a longer shelf-life.

Oat Fiber


What is Oat Fiber?

Soluble fiber extracted from oat hulls.

Origin

Oats are mainly grown in the northern Midwest states in the United States.

Function

Used to increase fiber in a product to obtain a high fiber claim. Oat fiber is usually chosen because it is label friendly. Oat fiber can absorb up to seven times its weight in water, so the product must be formulated to allow enough water for hydration of all ingredients. Oat fiber can be especially useful in lowering water activity for extended shelf-life products.

Composition

90% insoluble fiber, less than 5% soluble fiber. A high percentage of oat fiber are beta glucans.

Application

Add fiber to increase moisture retention for longer shelf-life in baked goods. Usage level range is between 0.5 – 2% flour weight, and would normally alter the viscosity of the product. More water may be needed in the product.

Nutrition

Good source of beta-glucan fiber. May reduce the risk of heart disease.