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Is it safe to eat overnight oats?

Overnight oats taste amazing and you can choose from plenty of flavours and combinations from banana cashew to chocolate almond flavour. They are not only convenient but one of the quickest breakfast you can make to keep you full all day long. But raw oats contain phytic acid so can it be safe to eat overnight oats? Let us hear it from nutritionist Padma Syal.

Is overnight oats safe for consumption?

Phytic acid, also known as phytate, is found in grains, seeds, nuts, and beans which binds to essential minerals such as calcium, iron and zinc which prevents your body from absorbing these minerals. So consumption of phytic acid can well lead to mineral deficiencies. Having said that, the phytic acid in oats is removed when you soak them overnight.

In fact, soaking oats overnight can be a huge plus.  It breaks down the starches so oats are easier to digest than cooked oats. So if traditionally prepared oatmeal with steel cut oats has always bothered your stomach, you can try eating overnight oats. Here’s why instant oats are not healthy breakfast options. 

So, go ahead and eat overnight oats for your breakfast. It is not only yummy but it is also easy on the tummy. Here are two overnight oats recipes you can try at home.

Fruits and coconut: Take 2 heaping spoons of rolled oats (not the instant kind), add a drizzle of honey or agave syrup, 2 spoons of yoghurt and 2 spoons of coconut milk. Top it with your choice of fruits and coconut flakes. Refrigerate to store.

Orange blast: A good dose of vitamin c never hurts! To the oats, yoghurt and almond oil mix, add a dash of honey, nuts and orange slices. You can also add some pieces of papaya for good measure. You may also want to try this vegetable soup with oats. 

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