Want To Know What I Think About Oats?

A couple of weeks ago I asked on my Facebook page if there was anything in particular you’d like me to write about, and a guy named Malcolm asked me what my opinion was on oats.

So…

I thought I would answer via a vlog, and I would like to do this regularly so if there’s a question you’d like me to answer, please leave a comment below this vid or on my Facebook page!

 

 

My Opinion On Oats

I used to love eating a good old fashioned bowl of oats for brekky! There’s something very comforting about warm porridge in winter with cinnamon, blueberries and honey…reminds me of being a kid!

But…

When I started learning more about nutrition, I opened my awareness more to how my body responded to eating grains such as oats….and it wasn’t that great.

These are my issues with oats:

  • Oats contain phytic acid which is an anti-nutrient that blocks the absorption of minerals
  • Oats contain a small amount of gluten which is a poison that breaks down the lining of your gut wall
  • Oats are high in carbs which raises your blood sugar levels sky high

For a full run down plus what I suggest, watch my short vid. Want me to personally answer one of your questions? Sure! Just leave a comment below or on facey :-)

Liz xx

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  1. says

    Hi Elizabeth,

    this is Miche (pronounced ‘Misha’)

    Today, I have a question: what are your views on eating fruit. Not a lot, but just say, an apple or two? For breakfast on most days, (and sometimes a banana as a snack later on). I have these ‘digestive’ issues you speak of, as well as many sensitivities to chemicals (inhalant allergies is what my specialist calls it; another calls it toxic overload). Anyway I follow a diet based on the paleo template but there are many foods I can’t have. I’m best with fruits, veggies and proteins. Sugar in it’s refined form is one food that sits awful with me, but I seem to digest fruit really well, so long as it’s not on top of proteins. I know fruit contains fructose, and with my following a paleo diet, which stipulates not a lot of fruit, I was just wondering if you could offer your views on eating fruit and the paleo diet, and whether you think it’s a healthy thing to be doing long term.

    PS: dates are like chocolate :)

    • says

      Hi Ian. I do better on a high protein and fat brekky, so having something such as eggs with a side of spinach and either smoked salmon, avo or free-range bacon is a good option. Or some meat and a handful of nuts. Occasionally I’ll prepare my own quinoa porridge with some cooked quinoa (soaked overnight first as although gluten free, it contain phytic acid) with homemade almond milk and blueberries. I just posted on Facebook this morning what I ate at a cafe which was buckwheat pancakes with smoked salmon and spinach! I hope that’s helped :-)

  2. says

    Hi Liz!

    I find that having a bowl of oats actually really stabilises my blood sugar in the morning, I have the purest form of uncut oats and also include wheatgerm & flax meal. It keeps me full, calm & satisfied for quite a while.

    It’s so interesting how we’re all unique & things work well for some but not for others!!! :)

    I love quinoa porridge also, but have heard that it also “punches tiny holes” in the gut lining too – eep!

    • says

      Yes quinoa is still considered a ‘grain’ which is why I’ll have it only on the occasion, usually once every couple of weeks. Interesting how you feel after eating oats and with wheatgerm! I initially feel very full and satisfied, but am always ravenous about an hour or so later!

  3. Ingrid says

    Great video Liz; you raised some points which, when taking the time to analyse, I have definitely experienced before. I certainly don’t feel full three hours later after eating oats. After about 1 – 1.5 hours I would start to feel hungry and in about that same time frame energy levels would start to drop and I would reach for a piece of fruit or some vegetables. Whilst it has taken some getting used to, your eating plan, focusing on protein in the morning has really helped with energy levels and mental acuity which you also highlighted.

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