The nutrition panel is consistent with labeling standards in terms of the nutrients that should be listed per 100 grams. An added percent daily intake (DI) when milk is added is required by law since oats are generally eaten with milk. The product claims to be “high fiber” and fiber content was supplied. A “rich in beta-glucan” claim is also on the label but no information on estimated beta-glucan content is given, probably because of the quantitification difficulty.
A legible statement reveals gluten content helpful for consumers with Coeliac disease. Product name on the label matches the ingredient list. The manufacture date and “best before” date are stamped on the product box. Directions for storage are also provided. Oats belongs to the bread, cereals, rice, pasta and noodles group high in carbohydrates and protein – the major energy sources.
They are rich in B-vitamins, minerals (iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and sulfur) and essential fatty acids (Nutrition Reference Values 2005). The Dietary Guidelines for Australians (2005) states that majority of food servings per day should come from this group and that wholegrain is best because of a higher nutrient content (p. 14). The recommended daily servings for adults range from 4-9 for women and 6-12 fo