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- CytoSolve® Technology integrates all the data on Oat Groats health benefits.
- There are six biological effects of Oats Groats.
- Oat Groats have three major macronutrients.
- Oat Groats contain 31 Key molecules
- Nutritional differences between raw and sprouted Oat Groats
This is our Food is Medicine series. Food is not just one chemical. Food is a combination of many chemicals.
CytoSolve® Technology Integrates All the Data on Oats Groats Health Benefits
Oat groats is an ancient grain cultivated and consumed worldwide and belongs to the Poaceae (Grass) family. It was first domesticated over 4500 years ago in the fertile crescent of the Near East.
Oat Groats have a high nutritional value. To go deeper into that research CytoSolve® compiled 6,711 research articles and 370 clinical trials from over 123 years on Oat Groats.
That is a lot of research! CytoSolve® takes all of that research, organizes it and then curates it in the area of interest. In this case for the health benefits of Oat Groats to share with all you what the research shows.
You too can contribute for more science research on health topics by going to the CytoSolve® Open Science Institute to contribute.
Six Biological Effects of Oats Groats
They affect heart health, metabolic health, digestive health, immune health, the gut microbiome and then skin health (dermatitis.)
The 6 biological effects on those systems include being antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory, atniatherosclerotic, antidiabetic, anticancer.
Immunomodulatory means that it modulates your immune system. And that modulation is very important. So your body doesn’t overreact.
Dr.Shiva speaks about this a lot in the science videos on immune health, it’s not the outside agent that kills us. It’s how your system reacts to that. If you have food like oats, which modulates your immune system, that’s good.
Three Major Macronutrients for Oats
Three major macronutrients carbohydrates, proteins and lipids. Oats have 60 g/100 g. But there’s also about 8.5 g/100 g of dietary fiber (beta glucan). There’s a lot of research that this may be very good for sleep and relaxation.
Proteins, 20 g/100 g. Some people say, grains are just carbs, well, they’re not. It’s a combination. So, oat groats have not only carbohydrates, they have fiber, but they also have 20 g of protein.
Oat Groats also have lipids (fats). Look at that 7 g/100 g.
Oat Groats Contain 31 Key molecules
The micronutrients are vitamins, minerals, phenolic compounds and amino acids. We add up all the molecules to get to 31. There’s seven key vitamins in Oat Groats.
Vitamin B2, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, each of these vitamins have many different powerful effects. So when you eat oats you’re getting these vitamins delivered to you in a food matrix.
The five key minerals in Oat Groats are calcium (63 mg/100 g), magnesium (118 mg/100 g), phosphorus (395 mg/100 g), zinc (2.8 mg/100 g) and iron (3.5 mg/100 6).
It’s not just elemental calcium. Typically calcium is bonded to some other components like calcium citrate or magnesium gluconate. They’re typically bonded but you have again, five different key minerals.
You can look at the amount of phosphorus 395 milligrams, zinc is 2.8 milligrams, magnesium 118 milligrams. This is very important for muscles and relaxation.
Then we have eight key phenolic compounds. The phenolic compounds are very important because pharma companies are trying to understand these phenolic compounds and they try to synthesize them, but these phenolic compounds have very powerful effects.
The list starts with β-Tocopherol, α-Tocotrienol, ferulic acid, p-Coumaric acid, vanillin, avenanthramide 2c, avenanthramide 2p and avenanthramide 2f. These are different molecular structures. So, you have eight phenolic compounds.
And then we have 11 amino acids, leucine phenylalanine, alanine, histidine, arginine threonine, tyrosine, valine, methionine, cysteine, isoleucine, and lysine.
When you think about oats, you can see there’s 31 key molecules. So when you are eating oats, remember food is medicine, you’re getting essentially a bunch of vitamins, minerals, you’re getting a bunch of phenolic compounds, and you’re getting a bunch of amino acids.
I know it’s easy to take a pill for vitamins, I’m not saying don’t take supplements, but one of the best ways to take supplements is in a food matrix.
When I make shakes and smoothies which I think are very valuable. But you shouldn’t just drink your smoothies. You should chew them in your mouth, even liquids, believe it or not. Because you want stuff to digest, and digestion starts in your mouth.
Nutritional Differences Between Raw and Sprouted Oat Groats
Raw or Sprouted Oats? What is the difference? If you go buy any food, in this case, Oats. Raw is a whole movement, which still is around which says everything raw is good.
That’s not really true. Some people have indigestion issues. Some people have issues with only raw, for some it can actually harm you. Sometimes it is good to have stuff raw. But we’re going to talk about the processing of food.
You can cook certain foods, you can steam certain foods, you can soak foods before you eat them. You can soak them, typically in water. And then if you let the seed in this case sprout a little bit which is germination that has a different nutrient value and different composition.
So the key point here is that food is an object. And that object goes through some type of system process. In Systems Theory, we call that a conversion process, you’re adding water and it sprouts germination, you get something that’s different than if it was just in a raw state.
How does sprouting, sometimes we call the germination, affect Oat Groats nutrition? There are five key measures. There’s five criteria that we’re going to put down here to measure the difference between Raw Oats.
With the sprouted Oats, you soak it in water, and you may dump out the water and you put it like in a cloth, and you let it sprout a little bit. So what are the five key measures?
How does sprouting affect Oat Groat Nutrition? How much Phytic Acid does the Oats have? Phytic Acid is important because you see plants, all plants produce Phytic Acid why?
Remember a plant by the way plants have more genes and we do. What are plants trying to do? Plants are trying to survive like we’re trying to survive. So they produce all these chemicals to protect them from bugs. And when we consume that, we have to be careful.
Some of those things that are good for us are anti cancer, if you consume too much of them they block mineral uptake within your own body. And when you can’t uptake minerals, you’re gonna become deficient.
This is why you’ll find many vegans and vegetarians. If they don’t do vegetarianism properly, they can get depleted of minerals. Again, not good or bad. It’s how you process the Oats. The amount of Phytic Acid is one important measure.
These 5 things are going to be the Measures of difference between Oats that are Raw versus Sprouted.
The Phytic Acid in raw Oats has 3 times more Phytic Acid than germinated Oats. germinated/sprouted Oats which have about 1/3. Germinated Oat Groats have 67%, low, phytic acid, a molecule that blocks mineral uptakes, than that of raw Oat Groats.
If you soak them and then you sprout them for a couple of days, then you throw out the water and let them sprout.
Mineral availability increased in sprouted Oat Groats compared to raw Oat Groats: 1.1X – 1.2X
- Magnesium – 1.2X more
- Calcium – 1.2X more
- Phosphorus – 1.1X more
- Iron – 1.2X more
- Zinc – 1.2X more
Both digestive enzyme activity increased after sprouting. Amylase digests carbohydrates and 4.5X to 6X more are in sprouted Oat Groats.
All 12 free amino acids availability increased after sprouting – 1.1X to 10.5X more. Highest levels of free amino acids after sprouted were observed for
- GABA – 10.5X more
- Isoleucine – 2.1X more
- Cysteine – 3.3X more
- Histidine – 1.8X more
Avenanthramides are phenolic compounds that almost exist exclusively in Oats. avenanthramides lower the risk of atherosclerosis and all three avenanthramides levels increased after sprouting. 1.1X to 1.9X more in sprouted Oats.
In summary CytoSolve® research shows sprouted Oat Groats contain 67% less phytic acid. Sprouted Oat Groats have 4.5X to 6X more digestive enzyme activity. Amino acid availability increased after sprouting – 1.1X to 10.5X more.
Sprouted Groats also contain 1.1X – 1.2X more minerals and contain 1.1X to 1.9X more avenanthramides.
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