Are Oats Bad For You?



So many of our patients cling to their daily morning oats and often are shocked to learn that we recommend they back away from this habit. According to research,

there are components in oat proteins that cause inflammation.


Here’s the thing:

  1. Oats (and other grains) are actually really hard to digest. They are seeds. Seeds aren’t meant to be digested.

  2. Oats contain phytic acid, which is known as an anti-nutrient, and is one way that helps oats stay intact through the digestive system.

  3. Phytic acid blocks the digestive enzymes in the body and also binds to important minerals like iron, zinc, and calcium making them hard to absorb.

Keep in mind the following:


You may not have a digestive symptom alerting you to potential issue, it may take years to manifest into symptoms. (That is one of the primary reasons that most people diagnosed with gluten problems don’t get their diagnosis until later in life.) The inflammatory damage builds over time. Sometime this inflammation causes a plethora of digestive issues, but many times it manifests itself as things like:

  • Joint pain

  • Allergies

  • Asthma

  • Fertility issues

  • Migraines

  • Skin conditions

  • ..and many more


Bottom line, if you’re going to include oats (and other whole grains) in your diet phytic acid has to go! Soaking oats helps to release enzymes that begin breaking down phytic acid to make them more digestible and release the nutrients that your body can then utilize.


Would you like to learn more about a balanced diet that does not include phytic acid? Contact us through the link below.




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