Can You Eat Raw Rolled Oats?

I always think the best way to start the day is with a bowl of overnight oats. It’s brimming with healthy ingredients, good for weight loss, and keeps you full until lunchtime.

But then I started reading about raw oats being difficult to digest and their phytic acid content preventing nutrient absorption. So what’s the truth? Can you eat raw rolled oats?

I’ve done my in-depth research and the answer is YES! Raw rolled oats are perfectly safe to eat.

What Are Rolled Oats?

Rolled oats are a type of oats made from whole oat groats that have been steamed and then flattened by rolling into flakes to remove the moisture. Technically they’re not raw.

The steaming process breaks down the starch in the oats making them easier to digest and giving them a longer shelf-life. It also reduces phytic acid.

Phytic Acid

Raw oats contain phytic acid, which can bind to minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc making them unavailable for absorption.

Soaking or cooking oats reduces phytic acid levels significantly. A handful of raw oats are safe to eat but it's always best to soak or cook oats if you want to benefit from their high mineral content.

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