You Are Spiking Your Blood Sugar Early In The Day
You might not have realized, but your oatmeal is extremely high in sugar and made from ultra-refined oats, placing it very high on the glycemic index. Eating oatmeal can easily raise your blood sugar levels and trigger the release of insulin, a hormone produced in the pancreas which regulates the amount of glucose in the blood. When insulin levels are raised, your body will not use stored fat as an energy source. However, our bodies require an intake of healthy fats in order to sustain energy throughout the day.
Observations from a 2021 meta-analysis studying the effects of oats and oat processing on postprandial blood glucose and insulin response found that “a disruption in the structural integrity of the oat kernel [was] likely associated with a loss in the glycemic benefits of oats.” In other words, eating these types of processed oats results in faster conversion of carbs into glucose and a quicker glucose absorption into the blood.
Oats are High in Phytic Acid
Oatmeal is highest in phytic acid and it is extremely hard to break down. Phytic acid is a plant anti-nutrient that chelates calcium, zinc, phosphorous, magnesium in the body, making them unavailable. Oats, oatmeal and oat milk are easy ways to deplete yourself of essential minerals and to ruin your digestion.
High in Glyphosate
Even if you eat all organic, most oat based foods are full of glyphosate, the toxic weed-killer in Roundup.
The study performed by Environmental Working Group (EWG) measured levels of glyphosate in 45 samples of conventional oat products, and 16 samples made with organically grown oats. The results were unbelievable.
Thirty one of 45 samples made with conventional oats had more than 160 ppb of glyphosate, higher than what the EWG considers healthy for children.
So what is better for breakfast – eggs or oatmeal? A new study found that:
Compared to an oatmeal breakfast, “two eggs per day do not adversely affect the biomarkers associated with CVD [heart disease] risk, but increase satiety throughout the day in a young healthy population.”