Oats and phytic acid
Oats contain high amounts of phytic acid. Phytic acid is a unique natural substance found in plant seeds, other grains, nuts and some legumes. Phytic acid is kind of like an anti nutrient. It Binds to minerals such as magnesium, calcium, iron and zinc and makes them Indigestible in the body. It also acts as an inhibitor for important digestive enzymes such as pepsin, trypsin and amylase. A diet high in phytic acid will weaken foods nutritional value.
So why should we soak our Oats?
Soaking a food is similar to sprouting or fermenting it. You can soak your Oats overnight using water, almond or coconut milk. When soaked overnight the oats swell up and the phytic acid is reduced in turn making the bioavailability of the nutrients much greater. As an added bonus soaking Oats greatly Improves their digestibility and as they soak overnight the starches begin to break down and the soaking acts kind of like a long and slow cooking process.
Other foods such as almond nuts or seeds can be soaked to and any food which has just been sprouted or activated is a nutritional powerhouse.
Top Tip = Blueberries are a very rich source of antioxidants and they contain a substance known as Cg3 which helps to partition glycogen into muscle tissues. Adding Blueberries to Oats will help with post workout glycogen replenishment and will help to keep the body lean.
Oats are an Optimal source of carbohydrate
Oats are an excellent Low glycemic Carbohydrate source. Carbohydrates are essential for athletes to replenish glycogen stores especially post workout. On top of that Oats are also an excellent prebiotic food that feeds the good bacteria in our stomach and helps to maintain healthy gut flora. Oats are Loaded with essential Vitamins, minerals and antioxidants including manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, Iron and Zinc.
If you want to increase the protein content of your oats try adding 30g of hemp seeds to the mix which will add an extra 10g of protein and get you closer to hitting those daily macronutrient targets.
Why Not try our overnight Oats with Chia Seeds?
We serve oats at least once a week.
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Fitmeals Nutrition & Training Blog By Narayana O Connor 26/04/2019
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