Is Porridge Healthy?
Porridge makes for a hearty, creamy dish that can get your morning off on the right foot. But how healthy is the breakfast favourite? We’ve got the full lowdown here.
What is porridge?
Porridge is a food that has been eaten around the world for thousands of years, and continues to be a popular breakfast food or snack globally. Made from boiling starchy grains such as oats, porridge can be sweetened, and can be topped with fruits and nuts and flavoured with a variety of spices.
Does porridge have any nutritional value?
Oat porridge is a good source of protein and fibre, and studies have shown that it can potentially lower cholesterol levels when eaten every day. It is also a source of minerals such as magnesium, iron and zinc as well as B vitamins.
Is porridge healthy?
As a complex carbohydrate, porridge is a great breakfast for a healthy, balanced diet. This is because it releases energy slowly throughout the day, and it is eaten by many athletes for this reason. It is also filling which makes it a great food to start the day and tide you over until lunch. Of course, the nutritional profile of porridge will change depending on what you add to it — things like nut butter, sugar or syrups and chocolate will naturally increase the fat and sugar content, which is something to be aware of.
Now craving a hearty bowl of the stuff? Check out our two recipes for creamy oats here.
By Toni Olukiran
Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.