Is porridge good for you?

November 12, 2015

Breakfast is a pain in the arse.

I’m not sure why.  Presumably it’s because people got to bed to late.  Fuck knows.  But whatever it is, it’s making choosing a decent breakfast taxing.

That, and people are spouting total shite about what’s good and bad for you.

And porridge is getting a hard time of it.

So.  Is porridge a good breakfast?

It depends.

First off, its not sensible to make recommendations about foods in isolation.

And secondly, it depends on your specific requirements.

So, it depends.

Porridge was a staple breakfast in my Gran’s house.  Made with whole milk.

It was a good breakfast as I remember it, providing a seriously filling feed that gave us carbs, protein and fat.

A balanced meal you could argue.

So what’s with the modern day distain for this breakfast institution?

Some people will point the finger at carbs.

Why would you want serotonin inducing carbs for breakfast?

Carbs are bad.

The insulin spike will make you fat.

Others will insist that it’s the gluten cross-contamination issue.

You know…

The factory that made the gluten-free oats might be producing gluten-based products and someone forgot to wash their hands, which renders the oats bad.

Others still will talk to you about the acidic affect of certain foods.  Oats being one of them.

I’m not even going to go there.  Really?  Ok.  We’ll leave that one.

BUT

What if those carbs fit into my requirements?

What if the insulin thing is overplayed?

What if I don’t have an issue with gluten?

What is my body works naturally to regulate my pH levels?

What if everybody in the evil oat factory washes their hands religiously?

What if I drink my super-expensive, chia bursting, kale laden, alkalising greens drink to balance my pH?

I couldn’t leave that one.

So does this mean that porridge will work for me?

Sure.  If it fits with your requirements.

And I do.  Regularly.

Served with whey powder and nut butter stirred into.  I like it.  And it fits with my requirements.

How so?

I consume between 200-300g of carbs daily ,depending on my training load.  And my breakfast consists of 100g of oats (dry weight), two scoops of whey protein and a teaspoon of nut butter.

The oats give me broadly 60g of carbohydrate.  Which fits well within my nutritional framework and helps me meet my broader requirements. So it works for me.

Would it work the same for someone on a very low carbohydrate nutritional programme?

Probably not.

They’d likely be eating their entire carbohydrate quota for the day at breakfast, which is probably not ideal.

Does that make porridge bad for them?

No.

It just doesn’t fit with their requirements.

Remember, you can’t not look at foods in isolation and label them good or bad.  You can only make recommendations or give advice in the context of the broader diet.

So.

Is porridge good for you?

It depends.