Porridge is tops at breakfast time

Well its official Porridge truly is the best choice at breakfast time. People who get their oats first thing feel fuller for longer, this has been shown to stop overeating throughout the day – which helps keep a healthier weight and blood glucose levels. But how does it work?

Well its official Porridge truly is the best choice at breakfast time. People who get their oats first thing feel fuller for longer, this has been shown to stop overeating throughout the day – which helps keep a healthier weight and blood glucose levels. But how does it work?

By Cara Cunningham, Community Dietitian

The Glycaemic index (GI) ranks foods on how quickly the body absorbs them and the extent that they raise blood glucose levels. Foods with a high GI are quickly absorbed by the body causing the blood glucose levels to rise quickly. Foods with a low GI have to be broken down and are absorbed more slowly causing a more gradual rise in blood sugar levels. Porridge has a low GI and so the energy from porridge will be slowly released into the body therefore keeping you going for longer.

Recent research has also shown that people who eat porridge everyday have a lower cholesterol level, especially if your cholesterol is too high. Since 1997, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration USA) agreed that foods high in oatmeal could make claims on their labels about their cardiovascular heart benefit if accompanied with a low fat diet.

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For perfect porridge

½ cup of porridge oats

½ cup of low fat milk

½ cup of water

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and microwave for 3 minutes

Add so chopped or dried fruit to sweeten

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What could be simpler or quicker, and keep you going till lunchtime and will do your heart good. The message is porridge – don’t leave home without it!

For more information on any of the issues discussed above or for more information on diet and nutrition, please contact Maria at;

The Community Nutrition and Dietetic Service, HSE Dublin-Mid Leinster by telephone on (044) 9353220 or email community.dietitians@hse.ie.