We all love it, oatmeal. I love oatmeal by fits and starts and will ultimately go back to the old familiar buckwheat. I find buckwheat just as widely usable in the kitchen as oatmeal. But I use oatmeal as well. As a (second) breakfast or even when I’m cooking in the evening. It’s delicious and easy to use. And as you probably know oats get a lot of praise from health organizations, especially from the American Heart Association, but also many health bloggers and foodies are crazy about oatmeal.
Oatmeal is indeed very healthy. Unprocessed oats contain:
- magnesium and calcium
- vitamin A
Whole unprocessed oats are a very good source of fiber, especially beta-glucan.They are the only source of 20 unique unique polyphenols, known to prevent against heart disease. The polyphenols in oats is anti-inflammatory and may protect against diseases and skin irritation (source). However, before you dig into your bowl of oatmeal, there are important things you need to know about oats.
What you should know about oatmeal
- Oatmeal contain phytic acid and avenin. Avenin can cause a certain number of the same problems as gluten in persons who are sensitive to it.
- Soaking oats reduces anti-nutrients and helps unlock the nutrients. To soak oatmeal, mix together one cup of steel-cut oats to one cup lukewarm, filtered water with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar for at least 12 hours.
- Non- organic oats contain high levels of pesticides. Non-organic oatmeal is sprayed with glyphosate, making non-organic oatmeal in essence just as harmful as GM corn, canola and soy. There’re very easily six pesticide residues to be found in conventionally grown oat crops.
- Organic ”steel cut oats” are the healthiest. Steel cut oats are whole groats chopped into several pieces. ” Steel-cut oats ” is basically oatmeal made in pieces and not flat oats. The texture is firmer than regular oats. Although it will take longer to cook them, they contain much more nutrients than conventional oatmeal.
- Most commercial oatmeal contain gluten. While pure oatmeal should be gluten free, oatmeal is often contaminated with gluten when they are processed in facilities that also process wheat, barley and rye. So if you are gluten intolerant, even a trace amount of gluten can cause serious consequences for your health. Go for the real gluten free oats.
Do you always buy organic steel-cut oats and do you soak them overnight?