Health Benefits of Oats

At Nairn’s, we know our oats - we’ve been baking with them since 1896.  We use oats grown in the Scottish Borders where the climate is perfect for slowly and naturally ripening the grains. Our aim is to make tasty, wholesome food that is as simple and natural as possible. 

As an ingredient, oats have many benefits.  They are:


Sustained energy in a natural way 

Nairn's Oatcakes are packed full of wholegrain oats which are naturally delicious and wholesome, and can contribute to a healthy balanced diet.

Wholegrains are a rich source of fibre, vitamins and minerals - oats are high in soluble fibre and also naturally contain manganese**, phosphorus**, magnesium, zinc, iron, folate, vitamin B6 and thiamin.

Our oatcakes contain nutrients** that contribute to normal energy-yielding metabolism.


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