Oats is quite simply a grass-like cereal grain. Less simple is the story of how a stranger became a welcomed friend. It is not known who first discovered the positive characteristics of oats. It is only known that the original wild oats were continually refined, and that since the Middle Ages, oats have been used to treat various ailments.
Oats finally became “a friend” when scientists discovered how valuable they were in helping to lower cholesterol levels. You don’t even have to eat oat groats or porridge to benefit from its beneficial characteristics, there are lots of other ways.