Kernig in the Öko-Test: With oatmeal it is four times "insufficient"

Oatmeal actually belongs in the superfood league.

Kernig in the Öko-Test: With oatmeal it is four times "insufficient"

Oatmeal actually belongs in the superfood league. They have what it takes to lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels, protect the intestinal flora and they offer many nutrients. However, if you choose the wrong product, you will also acquire something you don't want.

Oatmeal is an all-rounder. Their consumption can lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels, protect the intestinal flora and thus have a cancer-preventing effect. In addition, the numerous B vitamins contained in the grain - especially biotin - ensure healthy and beautiful skin, hair and nails. On top of that there is a high content of iron, copper and protein. In addition, oats are a good supplier of energy and keep you full for a long time and are therefore also an integral part of every muesli, which helps many people to get going in the morning.

Crunchy oat flakes provide more bite. Delicate ones are particularly suitable if you want it to be rather creamy. Whole grains are used for both types of oat flakes, both tender and pithy flakes are whole grain products - regardless of whether this is expressly stated on the packaging. They differ in processing.

Let's stay pithy. For a current study, Öko-Test bought oat flakes in (organic) supermarkets, discounters and drugstores. Of a total of 29 products, 16 are certified organic. The price range for the products made exclusively from oats is considerable. 500 grams cost between 0.69 and 3.29 euros. But oatmeal has also become more expensive. Some manufacturers have already informed the testers that they have increased the price since their purchase. Further increases cannot currently be ruled out.

But at least Öko-Test can recommend more than two-thirds of the products examined. The overall rating "very good" was awarded 18 times.

However, from the testers' point of view, the "Golden Breakfast oat flakes pithy" from Norma had problematic levels of mold toxins and the highest glyphosate content. Norma is therefore even removing the tested batch from sale. But the "Ja! Kernige Oatmeal" from Rewe, the "Every Day Kernige Oatmeal" from the Central Trading Company and the "Knusperone Kernige Oatmeal" from Aldi Süd also fall through with "insufficient" because of mold toxins and other loads.

Four products score mediocre with "satisfactory". Three is "good". Among other things, the "Alnatura oat flakes large sheet, Bioland", the "DM Bio oat flakes large sheet, Naturland" (both 1.15 euros), the "Dennree oat flakes large sheet, Bioland", the "Ener Bio oat flakes large sheet , Bioland" (both 1.19 euros), the "Heimbach-Mühle organic oat flakes" from Rossmann (0.94 euros), the "K-Bio oat flakes" from Kaufland (0.96 euros) and the particularly inexpensive " Crownfield Kernige Oatmeal" from Lidl (0.69 euros).

(This article was first published on Thursday, September 22, 2022.)

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