Energy for Living
For such a simple grain, the humble oat really is remarkable in the nourishment and health benefits it delivers.
Whatever level of exercise you do, it’s important to eat natural foods that deliver slow-release energy for your body and porridge oats do just that. A bowl of Flahavan’s will sustain you longer - it’s high in fibre, low in fat and it’s a great source of thiamine, phosphorus and magnesium.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for all of us, and especially for children. It’s not just that they have a breakfast, it’s about what they eat for it.
Every parent knows that giving their children a nourishing breakfast means they’ll have a better start to the day. It’s essential for their health and well-being and studies show that kids who eat a healthy breakfast tend to continue to make healthier food choices.
A warm bowl of Flahavan’s porridge oats delivers a slow-release energy to keep them going and can help improve concentration. Children who eat a wholegrain breakfast also tend to maintain a balanced diet.
It’s good news for the younger family members too.
Porridge is ideal nutrition for babies who have started eating solids and they can be fed blended oats from the age of 6 months. Rich in the nutrients they need, like protein, vitamins and fibre, it’s reassuring to know that porridge oats are natural.
One of the great things about oats is that they’re so sustaining. A bowl of porridge oats for breakfast will keep you going right up to lunch and you’ll be less inclined to want sugary snacks along the way.
Soluble fibre also slows the absorption of glucose into the body, which means you’ll minimise the effects of high and low sugar peaks.
Porridge made with milk is a mix of carbohydrates, protein, calcium and fibre and contains no added salt or sugar. Oats also contain essential minerals like magnesium, iron, zinc, thiamine, phosphorus as well as B vitamins.
With a rise in sedentary lifestyles and so many added sugars and additives in what we eat, switching to a bowl of Flahavan’s for breakfast is an easy and immediate way to change things for the better.
Oats are naturally gluten-free, in saying this we cannot give a definitive ‘100% gluten free’ declaration for the reasons listed below;
Our Oats are tested frequently for Gluten and in general contain <10ppm gluten but on occasion we may get a result as high as 20ppm and thus are unable to state they are gluten free. If you are Coeliac in Ireland, we recommend our Flahavan’s gluten free 500g porridge oats, which is certified suitable for coeliacs by the Coeliac Society of Ireland.
Oats have long been proven to help lower your cholesterol and are a key food to include in a heart-healthy diet. Uniquely, they have a soluble fibre called beta-glucan that encourages the liver to remove LDL cholesterol from the blood.
Just three grams of Beta Glucan are needed to do this and an average bowl of Flahavans will give you one gram of beta glucan. Of course diet and exercise play a major part in heart health, but eating oats every day as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, can help reduce the risk of heart disease. Typically, this diet would also include wholegrain breads and rice, plenty of fresh fruit and veg, fish, eggs and lean chicken.
Fibre is one of the most important elements of a healthy diet and something we should include in what we eat, every day. Fibre helps your digestive system to process food by keeping everything moving, and nutritionists recommended that we all eat 25-30 grams of fibre a day. This can come from grains, fruit, vegetables and of course, from porridge oats – a typical serving will give you about four of those essential grams of fibre.
Dairy Intolerance is a reaction to lactose, the natural sugar found in milk, and results in symptoms such as bloating, wind and cramps. In Ireland it’s estimated that approximately 4-5% of the population suffer with an intolerance to dairy. Happily, oats are great for personalising according to your taste and dietary preferences! Many of our traditional porridge products are just as delicious when prepared using plant-based dairy alternatives or by simply using water, while our Overnight Oats range is particularly tasty when prepared using apple juice.
Oats are a great source of nutrition for everyone and because they’re a pure and natural cereal, they’ve a popular spot in a vegan diet.
With the exception of our Quick Oat Pots and Food Service Pots and Granola’s (which contain Honey), all of the other products in the Flahavan’s range are suitable for vegans.
On its own, a bowl of Flahavan’s is a delicious and nourishing way to start your day. Add fresh berries like strawberries, blueberries, apple and cinnamon and you can enjoy a different tasty breakfast, every time.
Combining Flahavan’s oats with other foods means you can enjoy a wide range of tasty and nutritious recipes throughout the day, for baking, cooking and tasty snacks.
Health-wise, it’s all good too. Oats are an excellent source of iron, protein, B vitamins, phosphorus, zinc, and other essential vitamins and minerals. Being full of slow-release energy, they’ll sustain you longer, they’re rich in fibre and can help lower your cholesterol, as part of a low-fat diet.