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223. Oatmeal is NOT a health food

223. Oatmeal is NOT a health food

Update: 2023-07-11


Have you been led to believe that oatmeal is good for you? This podcast is for you! Paul does a deep dive on why you may want to cut oats (and chocolate, and leafy greens) out for good for reasons like heavy metal accumulation, antinutrients, and defense chemicals.

00:07:30 The problem with grains

00:11:45 Heavy metals in oats, greens, chocolate and fish

00:20:00 How saponins damage the gut

00:31:30 Cadmium and heavy metals in oats, vegetables and chocolate 

00:48:15 Phytic acid

00:49:20 Pesticides in your oats

00:50:50 Mold contamination in grains

00:53:00 Takeaways on oats


Influence of saponins on gut permeability and active nutrient transport in vitro:

Reducing the damage of quinoa saponins on human gastric mucosal cells by a heating process:

Triterpenoid Saponins in Oat Bran and Their Levels in Commercial Oat Products:

The biological action of saponins in animal systems: a review:

Effect of oat saponins and different types of dietary fibre on the digestion of carbohydrates:

Effects of saponins and glycoalkaloids on the permeability and viability of mammalian intestinal cells and on the integrity of tissue preparations in vitro:

A major gene for grain cadmium accumulation in oat (Avena sativa L.):

Toxicity of cadmium and its health risks from leafy vegetable consumption:

Ideal Cereals With Lower Arsenic and Cadmium by Accurately Enhancing Vacuolar Sequestration Capacity:

Cadmium Levels in Soils and Crops in the United States:


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223. Oatmeal is NOT a health food

223. Oatmeal is NOT a health food

Paul Saladino, MD