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Porridge ticks all the right boxes for healthy eating

In terms of healthy eating, porridge ‘ticks all the right boxes’ says independent nutritionist, Nuala Collins. “If you could design a food that was extremely healthy you could not improve on oats, which we commonly consume as porridge”.
Porridge is 100 per cent natural with no added sugar, salt or additives and is naturally low in calories.

  • It also has a low glycemic index (GI) and research has found that people who eat foods with a low GI like porridge are less likely to binge on sugary snacks.
  • It is high in complex carbohydrates and soluble fibre, so releases energy slowly. A bowl of porridge should provide all the energy you need until lunchtime.
  • Porridge can help lower cholesterol. The type of fibre contained in oats, Beta-Glucan, is an active ingredient that helps decrease LDL (low density lipoprotein or harmful cholesterol).
  • Porridge also provides two servings of wholegrain, which meets 66 per cent of the daily recommended amount. Diets rich in wholegrain can help prevent heart disease.
  • Oats also contain phytochemicals, naturally occurring chemicals in plants, as well as the antioxidant, flavonoid, both of which can also help prevent heart disease and cancer.
  • People who suffer from Type 2 diabetes should try and include porridge in their daily diets. As a high fibre food, it can help control and stabilise the blood sugar levels especially when supported during the day with a diet with fiber-rich foods.
  • High fibre diets also help digestion, preventing irritable bowel disease, the incidence of which has been on the increase in recent times.