Is it safe to eat raw oats? – Eat this, not that!

Some foods are potentially dangerous when eaten raw, such as flour. But what about raw oats? You can blend raw oats into a smoothie, make oats overnight, or use them to make delicious balls or bites, but are they safe to eat this way or will they make you sick? Below are several examples of when eating raw oats can be potentially dangerous and when they are safe to eat.

Read on, then for more healthy eating tips, check out Are rolled oats as healthy as cut steel?

Raw rolled oats are safe to eat

There are several forms of oats, but rolled oats are one of the most popular varieties. According to the FDA, rolled oats are produced from 100% hulled, clean oat groats that are steamed, cut, rolled, and flaked. Similarly, instant or “1 minute” oats are oatmeal cut into several pieces, then steamed and rolled. Because they are cut into small pieces, they can be cooked faster. Steaming oats helps minimize the risk of pathogenic microorganisms being present and makes it safe to eat raw. This is why overnight oats or recipes that use rolled or instant raw oats are safe to eat.

Also, according to the Quaker website, oats can be eaten without cooking them first, such as when you want to make no-cook cookies, for example. However, some people have a more sensitive digestive tract, so if you’re trying raw oats for the first time, introduce them slowly into your diet and drink fluids when doing so.

Be aware of food safety

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While using raw oats to make overnight oats is safe, you should always keep in mind that overnight oats must be refrigerated. Wet carbs create an environment for bacteria to grow, and the best way to minimize any bacterial growth and protect your rolled oats overnight is to store them in the fridge and not leave them on the counter during cooking. night.

To keep your raw oats as fresh as possible, it’s important to store them properly. Several ways to do this, recommended by Michigan State University, include:

  • Store unopened dry oatmeal in a cool, dry place.
  • Store opened oats in their original container with an airtight lid. It should then be covered in a resealable plastic bag or in a plastic or glass container. Open oats should be used within one year.
  • Store dry raw oats in a freezer bag in the freezer for up to 1 year.

Best before or best before dates are quality suggestions put on packaging by food manufacturers. Oats are still safe to eat after this date. However, if the oats develop a strange taste or smell, discard them immediately.

Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN

Toby Amidor is an award-winning dietitian and the wall street journal best-selling cookbook author who believes healthy and healthy can also be appetizing and delicious. Learn more about Toby

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