Another blogpost about porridge

I’ve written several blogposts about porridge (see list on this page) including recommendations for some good brands of oats.

I’ve been using Flahavan’s Irish Organic Jumbo Oats recently but have become fed-up with fishing out the half dozen inedible husks that seem to appear in every panful.

I’ve gone onto Jumbo Oats produced by Shepcote of Driffield in East Yorkshire. They’re lovely and creamy but still have the coarser texture associated with jumbo oats.

The Shepcote website has a fascinating history of the company which was established in 1969. Originally trading in sugar, Sheppcote’s evolved into producing  handmade marzipan confectionary. In 1970 the company started supplying Fortnum and Mason’s with handmade marzipan petit fours and developed royal connections. The company has expanded hugely into a wide variety of products. I haven’t tried anything other than jumbo porridge oats but they really are good.

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Another blogpost about porridge

I prefer porridge made with Jumbo Oats and recently discovered the best ones yet.

Flahavan’s Irish Organic Jumbo Oats are really good with a lovely bulky texture.

Flahavan’s have been milling oats at the family mill in Kilmacthomas, Co. Waterford for over 200 years. Read more.

I bought my Flahavan’s Irish Organic Jumbo Oats from Sainsbury priced at £2.30 / kg and worth every penny!

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Cinnamon: a delicious porridge topper

I’ve found that cinnamon is a delicious topper for my daily breakfast porridge.

And not only does cinnamon taste good but it does you good as well.

According to our well-thumbed copy of Food is Better Medicine than Drugs,

cinnamon is very good for reducing blood sugar levels and can also help to reduce ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol levels.

Cinnamon appears to complement the health benefits of eating porridge oats  as well as tasting so great.

The website ‘Authority Nutrition’ offers 10 Evidenced-Based Health Benefits of Cinnamon which makes for very interesting reading.

But like so many things that sound too good to be true not everyone agrees.

The website Cinnamon Vogue points out some side-effects that may occur with adding cinnamon to your food that also need to be considered.

It appears there are two main  types of cinnamon: Ceylon and Cassia.

And there’s a substance called Coumarin which is toxic and found in all forms of cinnamon.

But there’s less Coumarin in Ceylon cinnamon than there is in other types.

Overall, it seems that a small, occasional addition of cinnamon to your daily porridge oats won’t do you any harm and may well do some good. And if you buy the more expensive but purer Ceylon cinnamon that will be better still.

And cinnamon does taste really good on porridge oats especially oats from our favourite brand, Yockenthwaite so I’m going to continue with an occasional sprinkle!

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More porridge!

I think I’d better update you on the porridge and my cholesterol test.

To make sense of this post you need to read this one first.

Well, the good news is that my blood test results are back and the cholesterol level has gone down to 6.5 so, thankfully, no need to start taking statins. The GP said continue eating a healthy diet and you should be ok.

I’m still having a bowl of porridge for breakfast every day and I’m sure that helps. I’ve looked for more evidence about the beneficial effects of eating porridge and found this report on the NHS website  . This report is a bit more scientific than the reports I quoted the other day. And this article is interesting too although it’s loaded with advertising.

We ran out of Yockenthwaite oats and bought some more from the health food supplier, Suma. These oats are very good too but the fibre content is considerably less. 10% in Yockenthwaite compared with 6% in Suma.

I’ve started adding a tiny drizzle of Manuka honey to my bowl of porridge. I bet the three bears never had that! It’s very expensive  and is produced in Australia and New Zealand from the nectar of the mānuka tree. The honey is commonly sold as an alternative medicine. While a component found in mānuka honey has antibacterial properties there is no conclusive evidence of medicinal or dietary value other than as a sweetener but a friend of ours swears by it.

The other honey I add to my porridge, as an alternative to Manuka, is from a jar produced by Ryedale Honey. It has a much thicker texture and a creamy, cloudy appearance and costs about half the price of Manuka. The temptation with honey is to eat too much as it’s so delicious. As I said, just a tiny drizzle in the porridge: less than a quarter of a teaspoon. Except when one of us is getting a cold. Then, a teaspoon of honey dissolved in boiling water with a squeeze of lemon always seems to do some good! Or is that just an old tale used as an excuse to have a sweet drink when you’re feeling one degree under the weather?

Generally I avoid sugar and sweeteners. I don’t eat cake, chocolate or biscuits except as a rare treat. So my drizzle of honey is a lovely sugar burst at the start of the day. I stopped eating sugars, except as it occurs naturally in fruit, when I started trying to lose weight. Three years ago I was three stone overweight and I commenced a weight reduction programme and shifted all of the excess. I’ve managed to keep the weight off and currently my BMI is right in the middle of the chart. But, I don’t want to be smug. The temptation to eat too much is always there and I have a regular weigh-in to ensure that I’m keeping in the right zone.

Right, that’s all for today! I’m delighted with my blood test result and that the GP was so supportive. And thanks for being sufficiently interested to read this blogpost. If you’re a fan of porridge for breakfast, hope you’re enjoying yours as much as I am! You might also like my Cabbage and Semolina Blog which has got a couple of new posts this week. 🙂