Good news on the breakfast front: diet staple porridge is good for the heart and gut, according to new research.
Irish based scientists have discovered that the fibre found in porridge – beta gluten – helps reduced cholesterol and body weight.
The latest research adds to the growing evidence that porridge is a breakfast bed friend for people trying to maintain or lose weight. For Slimming World devotees 35g of oatmeal can be considered one of your “Healthy Bs” or 4.5 Syns.
For Weight Watchers members 35g of porridge is 3 SmartPoints.
The Irish based scientists found that porridge can positively alter the make-up of the microbes and bugs living in our intestines and how they work.
The overall message from the work is to take porridge regularly to reduce the risk of heart disease whilst also protecting your gut microbiota.
The research was conducted by scientists based at APC Microbiome in Cork. Their research has been published in the journal Microbiome.
We’re celebrating this news this morning with a bowl of porridge with a teaspoon of honey on top.