Oat (rolled oats)
Let’s discuss this popular product – short summary
It is not recommended to take oat regularly (especially – every day), in any kind (cereal, bran, rolled oats), as it may cause disorder of carbohydrate metabolism (development of insulin resistance and obesity), mineral metabolism (osteoporosis, complete destruction of teeth, iron-deficiency anemia, in children – rickets, maldevelopment of jaw, caries, lag /disturbance of growth due to phytic acid and its salts – phytates (they are antinutrients) which may bind and wash out vitamins K, P, Fe, Zn and the other microelements.
Aiming to reduce oat’s harm, it is better to use whole grain oat not treated with stream (all the flakes are treated with stream), as it contains ferment phytasa which decomposes phytates and deactivates phytic acid.
If you are reducing your weight, you may use the primary grinding flakes poured with hot water (without boiling), but maximum once a week. Otherwise, gradually insufficiency of mineral substances may develop.
Children should take 2nd and 3rd grade oat or boiled whole grain oat, but they should not take oat (or any other corns) frequently, as there is no exact information of safety of their frequent taking. According to the recommendation, children and pregnant women should eat minimum products containing phytic acid.
We advise those keen of oat to add to their diet the preparation containing vitamin D (providing that they have determined its content in blood), Ca and Mg (chelates are the best), vitamin C (as acrobat) and vitamin A reducing the risk of disorder of mineral metabolism.
Gastroenterologist /Dietologist Miranda Gabaidze