I read a study about “centurions” a few years ago and one thing they all had in common was that they all ate oatmeal (porridge) for breakfast every morning.
I was recently talking with a friend of mine who also eats steel cut oatmeal every day for breakfast. I shared with her a little bit about this study about these people living over 100 years of age and their habit of eating porridge every day.
I enjoy steel cut oatmeal myself but not every day. Maybe I should up my consumption of this “superfood” and make it a daily meal. It sounds like a good daily habit to adopt.
You don’t need to take statin drugs to help your heart work properly. All you have to do is eat porridge. Not the fast food, instant kind of porridge, but the steel cut kind that has substance to it and takes a bit longer to prepare. One bowl a day can bump up your health for the better.
A good wholesome organic oatmeal, made fresh at home is low in fat and sugar but is full of nutritional value. In that bowl of porridge you are getting soluble fiber, copper, manganese and B-complex vitamins. Oatmeal has the highest amounts of beta glucan of all the grains out there. Beta glucan is the best soluble fiber to stimulate the immune system to boost the autoimmune response, improve blood sugar and reduce LDL cholesterol. No wonder all of these seniors are living longer than their “non-porridge” eating friends. You get the same benefits eating porridge daily as you do taking a pharmaceutical statin drug. I don’t know about you but I think I’d rather eat my way to a healthy heart than pop a pill that could be causing other side effects.
Porridge has a strong benefit to your colon health too. The beta glucan forms butyric acid which has anti-cancer effects in the colon.
A Harvard study found that participants that ate the most whole grain oats were less likely to succumb to cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Whole grains increase ones lifespan.
Do not mistake instant porridge with the real McCoy. Instant porridge is high on the glycemic index and not the kind you should go for. Reach for the steel cut kind. It takes longer to prepare but the taste and texture far exceed that fluffy stuff. And further to that, a lot of the instant kinds have added sugar and possible chemical flavor boosters. No, no, no. Go for the good stuff. It’s easy to make…water, oatmeal and a pinch of salt, some heat and stirring and voila….a steaming hot bowl of mega-nutrition.
When I make my oatmeal I add fresh or dried organic fruit, organic nuts, flax seed and/or chia seeds. Sometimes I add a tiny bit of honey or pure maple syrup. There are many ways to enhance the already powerful bowl of porridge to a level way beyond any other grain or cereal on the market.
With fall and winter in the air, a bowl of hot oatmeal in the morning is a great way to warm your belly, nourish your body and give your day a wonderful kickstart.
Last week I wrote about adding a cup of coffee to your day. This week it’s all about the porridge.
Make becoming a centurion one of your goals and add porridge to your daily routine. I am.