As mothers, we know that oats are great for our little ones.
They are rich in minerals, especially magnesium, manganese, and phosphorus, iron, copper, and zinc. This is amazing for proper growth, healthy organs, immune function, detoxification, blood sugar control, lowering LDL cholesterol, lowering inflammation, and much much more! They are also good sources of fibers such as beta-glucans, antioxidants and vitamins B1, B5, and B9.
However, have you ever thought of the typical way of preparing oats (soaked in milk) may not be the most perfect and sometimes it can be harmful.
Boiling or/and soaking them in any form of milk as overnight oats do not allow us to consume its benefits as what we wanted. It may even cause nutrient deficiency. This is because of the presence of phytic acid (an anti-nutrient) that is present in the oat.
Phytic acid binds to iron, calcium, zinc, and magnesium. This binding strengthen the seed and hence protecting its stored proteins, fats and nutrients. Unfortunately, due to the binding, mineral absorption in the intestines are affected. It can even block the nutrient absorption from your subsequent meals.
Soaking oats in any milk as overnight oats is thought to activate phytase (an enzyme that is present in oat) that breaks down phytic acid. Oats, however, have a very low level of phytase present in them.
Lacto-Fermentation - An amazing way to break down phytic acid and boost the nutrition and flavour of oats
Fermenting oats with a rich probiotic source like milk kefir allows for high levels of phytase activity. Phytic acid is then broken down effectively and hence the valuable nutrients present in oats can be released for absorption and utilization by our bodies.
Milk kefir is a fermented milk beverage. Its wide diversity of over 30 strains of beneficial bacteria and yeast attributes to its effectiveness in alleviating constipation, strengthening of immunity and a remedy for eczema.
Probiotics from the milk kefir are happily feasting on the lactose and prebiotics (insoluble fiber) provided abundantly from the oats. The entire culture of oats and milk kefir is alive and regenerating. It is highly nutritious and highly digestible with live probiotics that builds your gut, nourishes your mind and body.
Gut health is the essence of life. A healthy gut would mean a wide diversity of beneficial microbiome working to keep the harmful bacteria amount in check. A healthy gut breaks down food efficiently, produce healthy biological compounds, absorb nutrients, prevent infection, strengthen immunity and more!