The One Reason Oatmeal May Be Bad For Your Children

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Oatmeal benefits have been marketed as a cholesterol-free health food for decades. They have also been marketed as a quick and popular breakfast food. Oatmeal warms you in the morning and keeps your child feeling full for hours, but did you know eating oatmeal incorrectly can have some unintentional side effects for you child’s digestion?

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But Oats lower cholesterol…

Oats have been hailed for their ability to lower cholesterol. Quaker® Brand has made millions exploiting this claim. Genius marketing of oatmeal has masked that the independent research on oatmeal’s effects on cholesterol is in fact, weak.

If it were possible for the gut to have an opinion on oats, it would have much to grumble about, because oatmeal eaten incorrectly jams up the process of digestion. It’s not that oatmeal is bad for you. Oatmeal benefits far outweigh their risks. But is oatmeal as healthy as companies and company-backed studies claim? Perhaps if you’re eating it plain, correctly and not as frequently. Oatmeal is a processed food, and some brands are laden with sugar, which food should be avoided on any healthy diet plan. Secondly, oats eaten incorrectly are a belly bomb.

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Most Oats Aren’t Gluten Free

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It’s important to understand that those who have gluten intolerance can also have a problem with oats, because oats are harvested with soy and wheat and can become cross-contaminated. For the rest of us however, oats create other digestive disruptions simply because oats are eaten improperly. Oats, when cooked, become a soaked starch. As we know, the human body has no immediate use for starch and converts it to sugar, but that’s not the problem oatmeal faces. The problem is oatmeal’s lack of efficient digestibility.

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How You Eat Your Oatmeal Matters

In considering oatmeal benefits, think about eating your morning bowl of oatmeal. Often, your child puts the mush in their mouth and swallows it. There is not much chewing involved. But, herein lies the problem. The process of digestion begins in the mouth. When oatmeal isn’t chewed, the first crucial step to the process of digestion is bypassed (breaking down food to enter the stomach). By not chewing your oatmeal, you also bypass the release of ptyalin – an essential digestive enzyme in saliva that prepares food for entry into the stomach.

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Oats Can Be Difficult To Digest

Because of the absence of ptyalin, the body is unable to break down the oats for entry into the stomach. Thus, the oatmeal enters the stomach unprocessed, leaving the stomach to work double-time churning and attempting to break down the mush, which it cannot do. The stomach, after its best effort, will push the undigested oatmeal through to the small intestine, where it sits, stuck, until it inches into the large intestine to be eliminated. This backup may explain that ‘full’ feeling your children experience for hours after eating oatmeal.

Obstructing the process of digestion in this manner, blocking food from digesting and ultimately exiting the body efficiently, may cause constipation, stresses the organs, raises the levels of ammonia gas in the body and essentially releases these toxins into the blood. Therefore, oatmeal must be always chewed.

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