Porridge Health Benefits
What are the health benefits of porridge?
Where do we start? You’ve probably heard the term ‘superfood’ being used quite a lot. It basically means food that’s particularly rich in nutrients – a definition that most definitely applies to porridge! Here are a few of the incredible health benefits that you can expect to get in a humble bowl of the good stuff.
Fibre. Porridge is a great source of soluble and insoluble fibre, which are both essential for healthy digestion, but isn’t the only benefit to come from fibre – it can help lower cholesterol, regulate weight and keep your blood pressure in check too, helping reducing risks of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and strokes.
Another way that porridge oats are great for your gut is that they help feed the ‘good bacteria’ in your microbiome. It’s thought that your gut health affects a whole range of health-related things; mood, skin, immune system and even our body weight to give a few examples. The gut is also referred to as the 'second brain' such is the impact of good gut health on the body as a whole.
Energy is another big plus that’s offered by porridge. ‘Slow release’ energy to be specific. Because oats have such a low glycemic index, they don’t create that spike in blood sugar (like the kind you get with a sugary cereal).
Porridge provides you with a slow, sustained release of energy that’ll help keep you going throughout the day.
That’s not all: our porridge is gluten-free (oats are naturally free of gluten but can become contaminated by gluten-bearing grains during growing or milling). Nairn's Gluten Scottish Porridge Oats are expertly farmed and milled, then packed in our dedicated gluten free bakery before they are tested to ELISA standards so that each bag can proudly display Coeliac UK’s ‘Crossed Grain’ symbol.
Porridge and fitness
Porridge is one of those dishes that’s fantastic if you lead an active lifestyle. You could be a once or twice a week jogger, or you could be a professional athlete who’s used to regular high-intensity training – the benefits of porridge are there for anyone to take advantage of.
The protein content is a big reason for this. When we exercise we actually do very slight damage to our muscles which, strangely, is what makes them grow and improves our performance. We need protein to help repair this damage. Of course, you can always add additional ingredients to the dish to up the protein content even further, peanut butter or even a scoop of your preferred protein powder for example.
Porridge offers a big plus in the energy department too. It’s full of slow-release energy that’ll keep you pounding the pavement, pumping iron (and so on) for that little bit longer.
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