Oats are a safe substitute for gluten but only if they are organically grown. They are one of the most heavily sprayed crops second only to soybeans and corn, so in order to prevent hormone and microbiome disruption by eating them choosing organic whole oats or steel cut oats is the most healthy and safest option.
Oats are one of the healthiest grains available. They are rich in the soluble fiber called beta-glucan and also contain antioxidants called avenanthramides, which increase nitrous oxide in the blood, increasing blood flow and oxygenation to tissues 7.
Some studies suggest that early introduction of oats in children’s diets may be protective for asthma and allergies 32.
Oats are rich in manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, iron, zinc, folate, B1 and B5.