[quote]Jinx Me wrote:
Raw oats will be harder to digest, but if you don’t find it’s a problem… though you might find your digestion improves if you cooked the oats - might be worth paying closer attention to?
Oats in general, but especially uncooked oats, are high in phytic acid, which in and of itself isn’t a terrible thing in moderation.
BUT phytic acid blocks your gut’s ability to absorb minerals. It’s known as an ‘antinutrient.’ Soy is extremely high in phytic acid. Other foods include all whole grains and a lot of veggies.
In moderation, it’s not a big deal, but if you’re taking a multimineral supplement for example, you might want to take it separately from your raw oats. [/quote]
IIRC its Iron especially that Inositol Hexaphosphate (phytic acid) can have an effect on absorption and lots of peeps who’s diet is rich in it have become anaemic. As an educated guess I’d reason these folks were not eating a diet rich in heme iron (from meat) and were probably vegetarians.