Is Eating Raw Oats Healthy?
Nutrition, Benefits, and Uses
Raw oat products are very popular among the health conscious people nowadays. They have been promoted as being good sources of fiber, protein and vitamins A & C.
These claims are all true but they do not necessarily mean that eating raw oats will make your life better or healthier than if you were to consume them in their unprocessed form.
In fact, there are some risks associated with consuming raw oats which could lead to negative effects on your health. The following are some of these risks:
1) Raw Oats May Contain Toxic Levels Of Bacteria And Mold
The first thing you need to consider when choosing whether or not you want to eat raw oats is what type of bacteria and mold may be present in the oat hulls. If it turns out that these organisms are harmful to humans then you should avoid eating raw oats altogether.
You might be able to get away with eating them in moderation, however, so long as you don’t overdo it.
2) Raw Oats Are Not Nutritious Or Rich In Vitamins
If you’re looking for nutrients from the oatmeal itself then raw oats aren’t going to satisfy your nutritional needs. They are pulverized into a powder that is meant to be consumed by other people.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that you shouldn’t eat them, however, as they may still have some positive effects on your health even if they’re not rich in many nutrients.
3) Makes You Feel Sluggish And Bloated
If you’ve ever felt sluggish or bloated after eating a bowl of oatmeal then you probably won’t like the effects that raw oats have on your body either. They are known to be difficult to digest and this can lead to you feeling tired or worn out.
If you already have a lot of energy and want to maintain that with the least amount of effort then you might want to avoid raw oats altogether.
4) They Can Cause Allergies And Digestive Issues
This issue is directly tied in with the first one mentioned, but it’s important enough to be mentioned on its own. If you have a digestive disorder such as IBS then eating raw oats is going to make your life miserable.
The main reason for this is because the hulls don’t break down very easily in your gut and they can cause blockages and other issues if you aren’t careful.
5) Unstable Blood Sugar Levels
Many people eat raw oats because they believe that it helps keep their blood sugar stable and stops them from experiencing low energy levels throughout the day. While this is true for some people it’s not true for everyone and it’s not always the case.
If you have stable blood sugar levels then eating raw oats is not going to help you in this regard.
Whether you like them or not, whether you eat them or not, the health benefits and risks of raw oats are still up for debate. Many people believe that they are very beneficial to their health, while others aren’t so sure.
Whether you like them or not, it’s up to you whether you choose to eat them or not because only you know your body and what is best for it.
Oat groats are whole grain oat. Oat groats are basically huskless oat kernels.
They don’t go through any further processing and are ready to consume as they are. They take the least amount of time to cook out of all the grains.
Unlike many other grains, oat groats can be consumed by people who have gluten allergies. Oat groats have a very nutty flavor and mildly chewy texture.
Like all whole grains, they are full of fiber, which helps keep your digestive system running smoothly. They are low in fat and contain high levels of various vitamins and minerals. You can cook them up just like rice, substituting it cup for cup in most recipes.
Oat groats can be eaten for breakfast on their own, mixed with yogurt, as an addition to baked goods or even used in place of pasta. They’re very versatile and can be used in most recipes that call for oats or grains.
Quinoa is a nutritious “new” food that can be used in a variety of ways. It’s easy to cook, very versatile, and has a delicious mild flavor.
Quinoa (KEEN-wa) is not actually a cereal grain, but a seed grown primarily for its edible seeds. It’s usually available in prepackaged containers, but you can also find it in the bulk food section of your grocery store.
There are actually several different varieties of quinoa being cultivated for both food and fodder. The leaves of the plant are also edible.
Most quinoa available in the United States is a mixture of red, black and white varieties, though you may also see the rainbow variety, which is mix of all three colors. The seed of the plant is round and small (about the size of a pea) with a little “tail.”
Quinoa has a fairly balanced mix of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. It’s also gluten free, making it a great substitute for wheat products.
Because it is considered a whole grain, quinoa is higher in calories than other grains. But don’t let that stop you from enjoying this nutritious food. Just a cup of cooked quinoa provides you with your daily requirement of fiber and iron.
The seed kernels are enclosed in a shell that must be removed before you eat them. The easiest way to do this is to place them in a bowl of water and rub the shells off with your fingers.
Then simply drain off the water and you’re ready to cook.
You can use quinoa in the same way you would use rice. Try it as a side dish, in soups or stews, or as the base for your favorite pasta sauce.
One of the advantages of cooking quinoa is that it only takes about 15 minutes to cook, whereas rice can take up to 45 minutes.
You can also sprout quinoa just like you do wheat berries.
Quinoa can be used in place of other grains in most recipes. Try making pancakes with it instead of using flour.
Toss some into a salad or sprinkle over a bowl of fruit. Add some to your baking when you’re trying to cut down on the amount of wheat in a recipe.
Whether you’re looking for a nutritious breakfast food, an alternative to rice, or just want to try out something new, quinoa is a great choice for your table.
What’s in Season?
While you can eat a variety of fruits and vegetables all year round, some are definitely more desirable than others, especially when it comes to taste, quality and price. That’s why it’s always a good idea to buy produce that is in season, not only will you save money, but you’ll also be supporting farmers in your region who grew the food you eat.
Farmer’s markets are a great place to find quality, fresh and in-season produce. You can meet the farmers who grew your food and learn how best to prepare their products.
Once you’ve tasted their food you’ll never go back to store-bought produce again!
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