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Why Porridge Oats are considered a Superfood!

There is a groundswell of interest in foods that help you feel better.  Perhaps it is lack of time created by busy schedules, lack of interest in cooking or even in learning to cook food that has contributed to the demand for ‘healthy convenience foods’ or ‘superfoods’- foods that make a difference to overall health and well being yet don’t require endless hours of preparation or cooking.  In addition, the stark health statistics of Irish adults underpin the social and lifestyle issues that have created the demand for ‘superfoods’.
 
  • 57% of the adult Irish population has a problem with their weight. 
  • The greatest increase in the incidence of obesity was seen in young men (age 18-35years) and older women (age 36-50 years).
  •  Ireland is top of the European league tables for death caused by heart disease.
  •  Roughly 200,000 people in Ireland have diabetes. It has been estimated that up to 75% of the risk of type 2 diabetes is attributable to obesity.
 
Why porridge oats are considered a Superfood!
 
  • They are low in fat and saturated fat - foods that are low in fat are considered important in diets such as those to treat heart disease, obesity and diabetes. 
  • They have a medium glycaemic Index - foods with a low to medium GI and high soluble fibre content (such as oats, beans and lentils) can help reduce blood cholesterol as part of a healthy diet).
  • They are high in soluble fibre.
  • They are low in salt and sugar.
  • They contain a variety of vitamins and minerals.
  • Oats can be added to sweet and savoury foods.
  •  Porridge oats can be made in the microwave in three minutes.
 
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