Oatmeal is an amazing source of minerals and vitamins that creates a great start to your day. Oats are a great source of manganese, molybdenum, phosphorus, B vitamins, and fiber. However, uncooked oats contain something called phytic acid (phytates), that prevents those minerals from being absorbed in your intestinal tract. Phytic acid is the main storage form of phosphorus in many plants, especially bran and seeds. It is not digestible, and it chelates (a particular way that ions and molecules bind metal ions), making important minerals unabsorbable, such as zinc, iron, calcium, and magnesium. The acidic component of soaking the oats reduces the amount of phytic acid in your breakfast oats. So by soaking 4-6 hours before cooking, you are creating a healthier start to your day. Mixing in berries and nuts makes your breakfast a great source of protein, minerals, and antioxidants. So eat up!