Against The Grain
June 30, 2020
Superfood Overnight Oats
I love to indulge in a bowl of our new Superfood Overnight Oats! The are the perfect start to the day. Just one serving provides adaptogens for well-being from our Superfood Blends, chia seeds for protein, and the many benefits of oats. Organic sprouted oats boost metabolism, which aids in weight loss, lowers bad cholesterol while increasing good cholesterol levels, and stabilizes blood glucose. Additionally, they are full of B vitamins to help maintain the nervous system, fiber to aid in digestion and elimination, which may help prevent colon cancer, and anti-fungal properties that may help avoid and cure infections.
With all the benefits of sprouted oats, why do I consider them an occasional meal, and not an everyday staple?
The proteins in grains, gluten and lectins, can be difficult to digest. If eaten too often, damage to the gut lining can occur over time. Nuts, legumes, and grains, including oats are high in phytic acid - which is often referred to as an "anti-nutrient" because it impairs the absorption of iron, zinc and calcium and may promote mineral deficiencies. Traditional preparation methods of soaking, sprouting, or sour-leavening, followed by thorough cooking before consuming makes grains easier to digest and more nutritious by removing phytic acid and breaking down the proteins.
If you are going to eat grains, I highly recommend sourcing from places like Maine Grain. From growing to milling, they are doing it right: read this article to learn more. Nüssli118° Superfoods Overnight Oats are made with Blue Mountain Organics sprouted oats, so that each serving includes the benefits of sprouting. However, even with all this information, it is most important to listen to your gut. If you eat grains with no upset, carry on. If you end up bloated, constipated, or craving more carbs, cut back until those symptoms diminish and you find your balance.