We are told that oats are a super food. Unprocessed oats contain vital nutrients like manganese, selenium, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc and Vitamin E. They are also a very good source of fibre and immune-boosting beta-glucans.
In addition, oats are the only source of 20 unique polyphenols, a group of antioxidants called avenanthramides, known to have anti-inflammatory, anti-proliferative, and anti-itching qualities, which can help protect against coronary heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, and skin irritation.
So, by all accounts, oats certainly hold up to their super food status.
Not all oats are equal
What’s the point of eating health-giving oats every morning when all you’re really doing is chugging down a bowl of pesticides?
I’m talking about glyphosate, sold by Monsanto under the trade name ‘Roundup.’
Glyphosate has recently been reclassified as a “probable carcinogen” by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a division of the World Health Organization (WHO). Researcher Dr. Anthony Samsel also recently revealed that internal Monsanto documents show that the company already knew, over 30 years ago, that glyphosate caused cancer in rats.
Other research has shown that long-term exposure to ultra-low amounts of Roundup may cause liver and kidney damage, tumours, and heamorrhagic bleeding.
And guess what?
One of our favourite brands of oats, Quaker Oats (owned by PepsiCo), has actually been sued because glyphosate was found in their product. This also means that the claim from the company that its product is “natural” is also false.
In addition, even though pure raw oats are gluten free, most commercial brands contain gluten as they get contaminated with gluten when they are processed in facilities that also process wheat, barley, and rye. If you are gluten intolerant, even a trace amount of gluten can cause severe health consequences.
The best way to get around this is to only buy organic, raw, gluten-free oats and to steer clear from instant oatmeal as these products often contain a lot of salt, hidden sugars and artificial sweeteners.
Organic steel cut oats are by far the healthiest. They may take a bit longer to cook but they contain much more nutrients and most certainly won’t contain any toxic pesticides.
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Warning: Your Oatmeal Might Be Killing you. It contains High Levels of Pesticides, published online, 06.06.16, livingtraditionally.com