Health Benefits of Oats

At Nairn’s we’ve been baking oatcakes for over 100 years, so we know and love our oats.

Our aim is to make simple, natural, wholesome food that tastes great.  We think oats are a wonderful food, so everything we bake is packed with wholegrain oats. We source Scottish oats from our nearby Scottish borders, because that’s where the climate is perfect for slowly and naturally ripening the grain.

Oats are somewhat of a superfood with many benefits


Sustained energy in a natural way 

For generations Scots have been eating their porridge oats to give them the best start to the day, and eating oatcakes to keep them going through the day.

Today, many healthcare bodies, as well as dieticians and nutritionists, recommend eating oats and oat-based food as a good source of energy to help fill you up and keep you going through the day.  


“Low GI foods help to keep your blood sugar levels even, so help with weight control, as well as energy, and concentration levels. Since oatcakes are high in soluble fibre and contain no added sugar, some of Nairn’s products have a low GI, so are digested slowly by your body, keeping your blood sugar levels even. They also help you feel fuller for longer so you don’t feel hungry again so soon.

High GI foods, like white bread, cornflakes and rice cakes are digested quickly. This provides a short-term boost to your blood sugar level, followed by a blood sugar low a few hours later, leaving you feeling hungry and exhausted.

When you combine low GI foods with protein and a little bit of fat, e.g. combining oatcakes with hummus, smoked mackerel pâté or peanut butter, you get an even slower release of energy.

Following a low GI diet can help you keep your energy levels up and cut back on snacking, helping you stay in control of your weight and energy levels. Plus, each oatcake is roughly 35 - 45 calories. That's why Nairn's oatcakes are my favourite all round healthy meal or snack."

Patrick Holford,

leading nutritionist, author and founder of the Institiute for Optimum Nutrition


Fibre for a healthy digestion

Did you know that 95% of adults don’t eat enough wholegrains?  (BDA website, Nov 2014).  If you’re one of them then you could be lacking fibre in your diet too.  As well as helping you feel full, soluble and insoluble fibre also helps maintain a healthy digestion and help to keep you regular.

“Fibre can help to keep our bowels healthy and can help us to feel full, which means we are less likely to eat too much.”

NHS Livewell website, 28.11.14

The good news is Nairn’s oatcakes, oat crackers, porridges and oat muesli are all high in fibre and our oat biscuits and Snackers are all a source of fibre.  So snacking on them can help increase your fibre intake.


A source of key nutrients

Our oatcakes, oat biscuits and snackers are a source of the nutrients manganese and phosphorus. These nutrients contribute to normal energy-yielding metabolism.  Or, in other words, our products contain nutrients, which help to efficiently transform the carbohydrates in the food into usable energy*.  This is all part of helping you get the energy you need from the wholegrian oats used in all of our products.

Download a copy of our factsheet to see the nutrient content in a portion of our oatcakes, biscuits and oaty bakes products

*Commission Regulation (EU) No 432/2012 on the list of established health claims permitted on foods.


Helping to lower cholesterol

Oats are a great source of beta-glucans, a type of soluble fibre.  Various studies have proven that oat beta-glucan can help lower cholesterol


“Soluble fibre. This type of fibre can be partly digested and may help reduce the amount of cholesterol in the blood. Oats and pulses are good sources.”

NHS Livewell website, 


There’s no wheat in our recipes

All our Nairn’s products are made with oats and so don’t need to have any wheat in them.  So if you have a wheat allergy or intolerance, then our oatcakes and biscuits make a tasty and wholesome alternative to bread.  

We all eat too much wheat in the Western diet (think bread, pasta, biscuits and cakes) and it’s important to vary our diet. So if you’re just looking to have a more balanced diet, then swap your sandwich every now and then for oatcakes alongside a soup or salad, and ditch the regular biscuits in favour of our oat biscuits.

Oats don’t naturally contain gluten but they can be contaminated by other gluten containing grains.  So we cannot guarantee that our standard range of oatcakes (found in the main cracker aisle) and oat biscuits (found in the sweet biscuit aisle) are gluten free.  We do, though have a separate range of gluten free oatcakes, oaty biscuits and oaty cereals which can be found in the Free From section of most major supermarkets.  Here the oats have all been kept separate to avoid contamination and every batch is tested before it gets into the shops. 

Find out more about our gluten free range