Twenty Reasons Why Porridge Is The Ultimate Health Food……..

Twenty Reasons Why Porridge Is The Ultimate Health Food……..
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I must have my porriage every morning, summer and winter.
Good for you, plus keeps the tummy satisfied all morning.
Swirls of pure Canadian maple syrup all over the top…oh! so yummy!
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Twenty reasons why porridge is the ultimate health food……..
(I’m not sure why reason # 1 is at the top of this list. #20 comes first with me at my age! Alas, a cup of tea is more appealing when I first wake up in the morning. Then I’m wide awake so bound out of bed to prepare and enjoy my porridge)

1. IMPROVES SEX LIFE
Porridge oats can boost libido by helping to re-balance testosterone and oestrogen in the body. Testosterone drives sexual desire in both sexes. Men with low testosterone levels go off sex.
2. GOOD FOR HANGOVERS
Oats neutralise acidity levels in the body and help absorb toxins. Since a hangover is the result of the "poisonous" effects of alcohol, a bowl of porridge might help relieve the symptoms.
Porridge also contains one of the highest levels of soluble fibre of any cereal. Soluble fibre is essential for healthy digestion. Since alcohol depletes sugar levels, the slow-releasing carbohydrates in porridge help redress this.
3. HELPS QUIT SMOKING
Compounds in oats can help calm the nervous system and reduce the craving for nicotine.
4. HEALS THE SKIN
Bathing in oat-based solutions can help problem skin. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the anti-inflammatory compounds in porridge oats can help conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. Fill a sock or stocking with porridge oats and place in water for 20 minutes while bathing.
5. FIGHTS INFECTION
Of all the cereals, porridge has the best proportion of protein needed for growth and repair in the body and to help boost the immune system.
6. FIGHTS HEART DISEASE
Many studies have shown that eating fibre-rich food such as porridge reduces the risk of heart disease. But scientists in the U.S. found that porridge contains avenanthramides – chemicals that stop blood cells sticking to artery walls, preventing the fatty deposits that cause heart disease.
7. REDUCES DIABETES RISK SLOWLY
Digested foods such as porridge might cut the risk of developing non-insulin dependent diabetes by absorbing sugar from the gut and cutting the need for large quantities of insulin to be released.
8. HELPS CONCENTRATION
The slow releasing complex carbohydrates in oats sustain energy levels, allowing full concentration to be maintained. Complex carbohydrates also stabilise and raise blood sugar levels.
9. BEATS DEPRESSION
Porridge is high in Vitamin B6, which promotes the brain chemical serotonin. High levels of serotonin are associated with feelings of well-being and also aid relaxation and restful sleep. Levels of serotonin dip when sunlight is limited – i.e. during winter – and can lead to the depressive condition Seasonal Affective Disorder.
10. BOOTS ENERGY
Porridge oats are high in complex carbohydrates and soluble fibre, which means they release energy slowly. A bowl of porridge should provide all the energy you need until lunchtime.
11. CUTS CHILDHOOD OBESITY
A study of 10,000 children by researchers at New York’s Columbia University found that among those who regularly ate whole-oat products, the proportion of overweight children almost halved.
Researchers at Oxford Brookes University also found that those eating foods with a low glycaemic index (GI), such as porridge, were less likely to binge on sugary snacks. Foods with a low GI rating release glucose into the body more slowly and evenly, leaving you feeling fuller for longer.
12. LOWERS CHOLESTEROL
Porridge is rich in soluble fibre, which has been shown to lower blood cholesterol. High cholesterol occurs when fat builds up and constricts the arteries, reducing blood flow to the heart. Eating oats can improve blood flow and bind to cholesterol in the gut, aiding its removal from the body. Scientists think the cholesterol-lowering effects of oats are due to the oat soluble fibre beta-glucan.
13. PREVENTS CONSTIPATION
High-fibre foods such as porridge increase the movement of food through the digestive tract.
This increased bowel action provides a good environment for beneficial bacteria in the gut to ferment while decreasing levels of destructive bacteria.
14. FIGHTS OSTEOPOROSIS
Porridge oats are blended with milk, making an excellent source of calcium which is essential for bone health. Lack of calcium can lead to osteoporosis, which involves a loss of bone density and can make bones fragile.
15. CAN HELP DIETING
Porridge oats are 100 per cent natural, with no added sugar, salt or additives, and are naturally low in calories. An average bowl of porridge made with water contains 171 calories.
16. GOOD FOR PREGNANT WOMEN
Porridge is a source of folic acid. Studies have shown that taking folic acid from before conception until the 12th week of pregnancy can reduce the chances of having a baby with spina bifida. Pregnant women need 400mcg of folic acid a day.
17. FIGHTS CANCER
Oats are rich in the antioxidant vitamin E, which protects the body from the damaging free radicals that can cause cancer. A diet high in soluble fibre foods such as porridge oats might also help reduce the chances of developing bowel, colon and breast cancer.
18. CONTAINS ESSENTIAL MINERALS
Porridge is a good source of manganese, which is essential in allowing the body to produce energy as well as helping to build bones and connective tissue. It also contains zinc, which is needed for normal growth, sexual development and reproduction, and a healthy immune system.
19. REDUCES BLOOD PRESSURE
A daily serving of oats can improve blood pressure control and reduce the need for anti-hypertensive medication, according to U.S. researchers – 73 per cent of those fed a wholegrain oat-based cereal (containing 3g of soluble fibre) stopped or reduced their blood pressure medication by half.
20. COULD HELP LONG LIFE
Britain’s longest living man, David Henderson, from Montrose, Scotland, who died in 1998 at 109, attributed his age and good health to a daily bowl of porridge. This could be because the lipids present in oats contain a good balance of essential fatty acids which have been linked to longevity and general good health.
Research by: Angela Epstein

COMMENTS

  • Gale's Photographs

    I also have porridge every day…..!!
    I didn’t know about all these good reasons to have it though.

  • Chef Chick

    Yummy I love it! any whole grain is delicious to me!

  • Mac Bloke

    Porridge is an amazing thing.

    I train at my local gym in the morning, and this is what I have found since having Porridge an hour or so before I go to the gym.

    Previously I would have a bowl of Bran flakes with a few small handfulls of raisins in and semi skimmed milk. So far through my workout I would start to feel that my energy levels were getting low.

    Now, since having porridge and doing the exact same workouts in the gym. I find that I now have far more energy and also feel that I could do more in the gym. With the extra energy levels, I have noticed that I am able to increase the weight on some of my weight training.

    I highly recommend Porridge to anyone who goes to the gym and does a hard workout. Also, it is an extremely good breakfast cereal for anyone who is wanting to lose weight, has it is slow release and keeps you going to lunch time and thus stops the need to snack mid morning.

  • hollysoo

    YES ..
    PORRIDGE RULES>
    good as an afternoon snack boiled with dulce (seaweed) and bits of carrot celery and green onion… add some seseme oil, tad of sugar source, soya sauce, rice vineagar, salt and tad of pepper… delicious.. experiment with all sorts of things.. kinda like congee… Porridge of the East.

  • Ronald_Sander

    When i take the porridge off the stove or out of the microwave I mix a big blub of peanut buter into it until it dissolves. I then spread flaxseed on top and cut up a banana. It is delicious and terribly nutritious.

  • Mac Bloke

    My gym instructor recommended these to me:

    Porridge pancakes. Here’s how you make them:

    1: Weigh 30 gram of porridge into a Pyrex jug.

    2: Crack 2 eggs into the jug (you can leave out 1 egg yolk if you are concerned about cholesterol).

    3: Its optional, but you can add a teaspoon of sugar or a granulated sugar substitute.

    4: Mix all the ingredients together in the jug.

    5: Put a very small amount of oil in a frying pan, and pour the contents out into the pan, so that you have 2 small pancakes in the pan. Turn them over when golden brown.

    They only take a few minutes or so to cook and are delicious either hot or cold, so they are ideal to take to work cold for your lunch break, they are lovely with a piece of fruit and or a yogurt. With the pancakes been porridge, they are quite filling and are fairly high in protein, which is important when your training.

    What I do as well with the pancakes. I get one scoop of my PHD Pharma Whey protein powder and mix a small amount of boiling water into it in a cup or jug, until it resembles a thickish sauce, I then pour this over the pancakes. This boosts up the protein amount even more and gives a lovely sauce as well.

    I can highly recommend them : )

  • strahl2e

    I want to believe all these great points, do you have any research or statistics to show these claims?

  • strahl2e

    K, I kept on my search for some proof on porridge benefits… and I found a study done by Aberdeen University. It is shown to significantly reduce cholesterol and slightly reduce blood pressure. I don’t yet find any proof on the cancer prevention and other points though? I eat porridge every morning, and I definitely agree it is a great start to the day. 🙂

    http://www.nhs.uk/news/2010/12December/Pages/porridge-and-cardio...

  • tanima124

    can u tell me how many times…. i will take porridge everyday????becoz i don’t want to eat rice anymore?????pls let me know……

  • Mac Bloke

    I would recommend having porridge for your breakfast tanima124, has it makes an excellent breakfast and will keep you full for longer due to its complex carbohydrates.

    Any more than once per day and I would say you will get sick of it, also its quite high in calories so having it too often per day with the other food you will be eating, might then mean you are having more calories into you than what your body can use, the result of this might mean you might start putting on weight.

  • sirwiseowl

    I agree with you 100% PC Bloke. Porridge once a day for breakfast will keep your tummy contented for hours, thus eliminating the desire to ‘snack’ during the morning.

  • Brian Hull

    Porridge is a winner for sure, it definitely keeps your energy levels up, have it everyday.

  • Merka_Junglist

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/itsmissfish] youre my kinda girl haha!

  • mizzbhaving

    definately eating it every day now

  • Butterflypoler

    You like porridge, try it with a cup of PUMPKIN, CINNAMON and GINGER, yes pumpkin man, it super charges the meal. Keeps you going for at least another two hours!

  • InAMusicalWorld

    Porridge is lovely, and it’s nice to see all of these benefits. If anything is going to help me through a day of uni it seems porridge is the best candidate!

    (also it’s cheap!! lol)

  • iWorks Photography

    Milled large sized oats are best.

  • siriautiya

    I am 47 and have been eating porridge every day for some time now. Love it!

  • ibar1922

    60 years ago my Granny would make a big batch of porridge. Once made it was poured into a kitchen drawer and left to cool. It was then cut into cake sized squares and I got one each time I visited Granny. It was something I looked forward to, and although it does not sound too hygienic, I came to no harm

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