This breakfast super food cuts cholesterol levels – boosts immunity and can fight cancer.
Eating a simple bowl of porridge every day could transform the health of the nation in one single step says Chris Seal professor of food and human nutrition at Newcastle University.
‘I believe that if everyone started the day with porridge it would have a significant impact on public health’.
Indeed when you look at the proven health benefits it’s difficult to see how you could improve on a bowl of porridge.
A bowl provides more fibre than a slice of wholemeal bread is low in fat – virtually sugar-free and provides a wealth of minerals such as manganese – copper and iron as well as the B vitamins.
However the real benefit of porridge comes from the soluble fibre in the oats.
The fibre – a form known as beta glucan – is present in other grains such as barley and rye but is found in highest quantities in oats.
It forms a thick gel in the gut – which is what gives you that full satisfied feeling.
But as well as helping switch off appetite it has many other specific health benefits including feeding the healthy bacteria in your gut so helping your immune system – lowering cholesterol and even potentially protecting against cancer.
Beta glucan is one of the few natural substances that manufacturers can make health claims for on the food packaging adds Professor Seal.