Porridge Oats are now king of the breakfast table. Porridge is a staple breakfast food for many people all across the world. It is considered to have many valuable nutrients and is even considered by dietitians to be a super food. The humble breakfast dish has come a long way since being considered a dish for the poor, reports BBC News. Now it is thought to be “one of the best breakfasts we can eat,” reports Sue Reeves, a food consultant from Roehampton University. Porridge has been eaten as far back as the Bronze Age and there are many reasons why it still constitutes an important part of the modern diet.
Food experts recognize that porridge oats are low in glycemic index (GI). In ordinary language, this means that oats “increase blood sugar levels gradually and over a longer period of time.” The grain is absorbed into the body slowly and takes longer to digest. For this reason, it is thought that porridge may be good for people with a high risk of diabetes. The added advantage of the slow release of energy means that hunger is kept at bay for longer, so porridge can also contribute in controlling weight.
The Telegraph takes a rather light-hearted look at the ‘King’ of the breakfast table, suggesting that porridge implies “rampant masculinity,” referring to the hefty Scotsman wielding a shot put on the packet of a well-known porridge brand. Once thought of as an “austerity food” associated with prisons, the poor house and “cold winter mornings,” porridge oats are now being hailed as the must have super food.
Scientists are now claiming that porridge helps children concentrate at school. Perhaps, like the porridge, people should take this with a pinch of salt, according to the Daily Mail. Nevertheless, the sale of porridge is soaring, especially among the 25 to 34-year-olds. Quaker Oats has seen its “biggest sales uplift in its 110-year history.”
According to Elizabeth Grice of The Telegraph, it appears that oats are now good for just about everything. “They lower blood pressure, absorb toxins…they increase testosterone.” Grice also adds, “Scott’s Porridge Oats must have known this when it used a 6 ft 8 in former lumberjack, Rory McCann” [advertize their product]…getting you oats meant exactly what we’d always suspected.”
Far from being thought of as an austerity food, porridge is now high in the trendy stakes with food retailers such as Starbucks and Pret a Manger selling porridge oats for as much as two pounds per pot. For those conscious of their weight, Starbucks breakfast cereal is advertised as being low in calories, and entices customers with delicious topping like jam, honey and dried fruit. Pret a Manger uses “jumbo oats which are simmered not boiled,” which certainly puts a new slant on the humble porridge oat, food that many people still think of as being boring.
By Shirley Good