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Despite its humble roots porridge is now recognised as a “super food” with a very impressive list of health benefits.

 

21Varieties of porridge exist all around the world, but it is most commonly associated with Britain, and specifically Scotland. Its global popularity is understandable as it’s cheap and easy to make, and there’s nothing quite like a hot bowl of porridge on a cold winter morning to get you ready for the day.

    Porridge, which is usually made from oats mixed with milk or water, was traditionally used as prison food, and the term “doing porridge” could mean serving time in prison as well as making breakfast, so it would always be a good idea to clarify this!

   But porridge has also developed a sexual connotation. “Getting your oats” and “sowing your oats” are common terms relating to having sex. Initially these sayings developed because having porridge for breakfast was believed to provide energy and make you feel strong. But science can now add some interesting substance to these claims.

      Over time life has improved for most people, with more choices in food options available. This could have seen the end of staple, cheap foods such as porridge. However, in recent times, sales have soared. This is not down to recession or poverty, but because of the scientific research done and the discovery that porridge genuinely can improve and extend life.

       Here are some reasons why porridge should definitely be introduced into your daily diet.

      Okay, let’s start by explaining explain the Viagra reference. Porridge oats improve the libido in both men and women by balancing testosterone and oestrogen levels. Basically, low testosterone means low sex drive. If you have this problem then porridge could well be the answer, it’s got to be worth a try.

      If improving your sex life isn’t enough to make you stop reading this and start making porridge straight away, then you may wish to read on and learn of the other benefits that porridge provides.

      Oats can neutralise acidity levels and help absorb toxins. As hangovers are the result of the toxins found in alcohol, a bowl of porridge can genuinely help to relieve the symptoms. Oats also contain one of the highest levels of soluble fibre of any cereal, and soluble fibre is essential for healthy digestion. Alcohol reduces sugar levels and the slow-releasing carbohydrates in porridge help redress this. The soluble fibre and complex carbohydrates also found in porridge release energy slowly. So, eating a bowl for breakfast should see you comfortably through to lunch time, even with a hangover.

      We’re basically covering all of mans vices and weaknesses here, and now we know porridge can enhance sex drive and reduce the negative effects of alcohol. But it can also assist with quitting smoking. Compounds in oats help to calm the nervous system and as a result can reduce the craving for nicotine.

      Porridge has a higher proportion of the protein required for the body to grow and repair. This boosts the immune system and can help to fight infection.

      Lots of studies have confirmed that fibre-rich foods such as porridge reduce the risk of heart disease. But more specifically, US scientists have discovered that porridge contains avenanthramides, chemicals that stop blood cells sticking to artery walls, preventing the fatty deposits that cause heart disease.

      Porridge absorbs sugar from the stomach reducing the need for large quantities of insulin to be released and can therefore cut the risk of developing non-insulin dependent diabetes.

      By sustaining your energy levels and raising blood sugar levels, the slow releasing complex carbohydrates in oats allow full concentration to be maintained. This can be beneficial for children, and porridge in the morning can help them concentrate at school.

      Porridge is high in Vitamin B6 which increases the chemical serotonin. High levels of serotonin are scientifically linked with well-being, relaxation and good sleep, all of which lessen the risk of depression.

      From a dieting point of view it’s been found that porridge has a low glycaemic index. This means that porridge eaters are less inclined to eat sugary snacks, as glucose is released slowly and consistently, leaving you feeling fuller for longer. And porridge oats are 100 percent natural, with no added sugar, salt or additives. An average bowl of porridge made with water contains only 171 calories.

      Eating oats improves blood flow and binds to cholesterol in the stomach, assisting its removal from the body and lowering blood cholesterol levels. It also prevents constipation by increasing the movement of food through the digestive system.

      When mixed with milk, porridge provides a valuable source of calcium which decreases the risk of osteoporosis, which causes fragile bones. And, pregnant women will be pleased to know that porridge is a good source of folic acid which, if taken during the right stage of pregnancy, can reduce the chances of having a baby with spina bifida.

      Vitamin E protects the body from damaging free radicals that can cause cancer, and yes you’ve guessed it, porridge is high in Vitamin E. Any diet high in soluble fibre foods such as porridge can also help reduce the chances of developing bowel, colon and breast cancer.

      Eating porridge has been linked to lowering blood pressure, and a US research team found that 73 percent of those fed a wholegrain oat-based cereal were able to stop or reduce their blood pressure medication by half.

      Finally, the lipids present in oats contain a good balance of essential fatty acids which have been linked to longevity and general good health.

      So, to summarise, porridge can not only extend your life but it also keeps you healthy during those extra years and even allows you to enjoy it to the full with a better sex life and fewer hangovers. It really is a “super food”.

      Having read the above I imagine everyone will be rushing out to the shops to buy some porridge immediately. It’s definitely on my shopping list!

 

Tom Hunter


 


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