The super porridges that are best for you

The super porridges that are best for you: We review a selection that claim to offer benefits from helping weight loss to banishing fatigue

There’s nothing quite like a bowl of warm porridge on a chilly morning. But should you be tempted by ‘super porridgewith benefits such as extra protein or fat-burning ingredients?

Mandy Francis asked dietitian Ruth Kander, of the Fleet Street Clinic in ロンドン, to assess them. We then rated them.

Lowers cholesterol

Naturya Berry Buzz

300NS, £3.75,

Per 100g: Calories, 401; 飽和脂肪, 2NS; タンパク質, 12NS; fibre, 11NS; シュガー, 15NS; salt, 0.01NS

請求: A ‘superfood porridge with real fruit powders and chia seeds. Immune support. Helps lower cholesterol.Add hot milk or water to cook in two minutes or leave in the fridge for ‘overnight oats’.

Expert verdict: Like all porridge oats, these are a good source of beta-glucan, a soluble fibre thought to help reduce levels of ‘badLDL cholesterol.

A bowl of this will also provide 87 per cent of your daily manganese needs and 23 per cent of copper, mostly from the oats and chia seeds. Manganese helps convert food to energy and copper plays an important role in keeping our immune system strong.

The dried and powdered dates, strawberries, acai and camu camu (both South American berries) 提供する 106 per cent of your daily vitamin C in a 60g portion.

But ‘superfoodporridge is meaningless, it’s just a marketing term. This is also one of the sweeter products here — with just over two teaspoons of sugar per bowl — mostly from the natural sugars in powdered fruit.


Taste: Creamy and chewy oats with a bitter yet fruity aftertaste.


Naturya Berry Buzz

Naturya Berry Buzz

Easier to digest

Rude Health Sprouted Porridge

400NS, £4,

Rude Health Sprouted Porridge

Rude Health Sprouted Porridge

Per 100g: Calories, 382; 飽和脂肪, 1.3NS; タンパク質, 13.6NS; fibre, 10NS; シュガー, 1.2NS; salt, 0NS

請求: Soaked in water, allowed to ‘sprout’ (germinate), then dried and rolled into flakes, これ, the manufacturer says, makes them ‘higher in protein, easier to digest and more nutrient-dense’. Mix with milk or water and microwave.

Expert verdict: A nice, simple product, these are sprouted porridge oats with nothing added. Early studies suggest the sprouting process may break down some of the starch in the grains while boosting quantities of other nutrients, such as protein.

This may explain why this provides 23 per cent more muscle-building and filling protein than most porridge oats. There’s no added salt or sugar, これは素晴らしいです.


Taste: A chewy texture with natural sweetness.


Claggy and sugary

Stoats High Protein Chocolate Porridge

60NS, £1.50,

Per 100g: Calories, 359; 飽和脂肪, 2.1NS; タンパク質, 21.6NS; fibre, 8.2NS; シュガー, 12.9NS; salt, 0.22NS

請求: ‘Packed full of protein and high in fibre.Add boiling water.

Expert verdict: Gram per gram this has almost double the protein of most other porridges here. Each pot contains 13g — the equivalent of two eggs — plus 16 per cent of your daily fibre from the oats.

But there’s almost two teaspoons of sugar in a small pot. While some comes naturally there is added sugar and chocolate chips.


Taste: Thick, claggy texture, short on chocolate flavour.


Stoats High Protein Chocolate Porridge

Stoats High Protein Chocolate Porridge

Reduces tiredness

Your Unbelievabowl Organic Super Porridge,

1.4kg, £19.99,

Per 100g: Calories, 428; 飽和脂肪, 3NS; タンパク質, 15NS; fibre, 12NS; シュガー, 2.9NS; salt, 0.03NS

Your Unbelievabowl Organic Super Porridge

Your Unbelievabowl Organic Super Porridge

請求: ‘Organic, jumbo oats mixed with a blend of eight superfoods including chia, hemp, pumpkin, almonds, cacao nibs, flaxseeds and goji berries. Bursting with beneficial nutrients known to help lower blood cholesterol. Supports heart health and contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue.Microwave with milk or water.

Expert verdict: The maker says you’ll get 38 per cent of the daily recommendation of thiamin, in a 50g bowl. Thiamin — from the oats and nuts — helps convert carbohydrates into energy.

The cacao nibs contribute 18 per cent of your daily iron needs in a serving, while nuts and seeds provide 21 per cent of your daily magnesium needs, to keep bones strong. This has one of the higher protein and fibre contents of the porridges. No added sugar.


Taste: Big chewy oats, with substantial pieces of nuts, fruit and seeds.


Boosts gut bacteria

Bio & Me Super Seedy & Nutty Prebiotic Gut-loving Porridge

400NS, £1.95,

Per 100g: Calories, 426; 飽和脂肪, 2.1NS; タンパク質, 12.9NS; fibre, 10.1NS; シュガー, 8.5NS; salt, 0.03NS

請求: ‘Good for your gut. Made with 14 of your 30 weekly diverse plant-based foods [including oats, ナッツ, 種子, raisins and dried carrot] and prebiotic fibres to help your microbiome thrive. Contains chicory inulin (a fibre), which contributes to normal bowel function.Can be microwaved with milk or water.

EXPERT VERDICT: Research has shown people who eat at least 30 different plant-based foods a week have a more diverse range of gut microbes than those who eat ten or fewer. A diverse gut microbiome is associated with a strong immune system, better blood sugar control and bone health.

しかしながら, the added chicory fibre in this may cause bloating and digestive discomfort in some people with sensitive guts so start with a small portion.

There isn’t a huge amount of protein in a serving — the equivalent of a egg — so consider adding Greek yoghurt for a more substantial breakfast. No added salt or sugar, either.


Taste: Creamy with chunks of sweet, dried carrot.


Rich in omega fats

Freestones Mix No 4 Vitality Porridge

500NS, £3.99,

Per 100g: Calories, 418; 飽和脂肪, 1.6NS; タンパク質, 12.9NS; fibre, 10.5NS; シュガー, 1.3NS; salt, 0.03NS

請求: A ‘unique blend of seven grains and five seeds. Rich in omegas 3 そして 6. Can be microwaved with milk or water.

Expert verdict: The seed mix — in particular the linseeds, and chia — will provide small but useful amounts of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are important for heart health and help nurture a robust immune system.

The combination of wholegrains (oats, rye flakes, barley, buckwheat and quinoa) is also a good source of fibre for gut health and to help fill you up, と 21 per cent of your daily fibre intake in a 60g serving and ten of the 30 diverse plant foods you’re recommended to eat weekly.

また, there is no added sugar or salt.


Taste: Filling with a nice crunch from the seeds.


High in fibre

M&S Twice The Fibre Porridge

500NS, £1.50,

M&S Twice The Fibre Porridge

M&S Twice The Fibre Porridge

Per 100g: Calories, 384; 飽和脂肪, 1NS; タンパク質, 10.4NS; fibre, 19.5NS; シュガー, 0.2NS; salt, 0.09NS

請求: ‘Wholegrain. High in fibre. Source of protein.Add milk or water and microwave.

Expert verdict: A simple combination of oats, oat bran and 11 per cent chicory root fibre gives this porridge double the amount of fibre you will find in many similar products.

However the chicory fibre may cause digestive discomfort for some so start with a small portion.

It’s lower in protein than the other products, but a handful of nuts would bump that up.


Taste: Filling, if a bit plain.


Plenty of protein

Protein World Summer Berries Slender Porridge

1.1kg, £17.99,

Protein World Summer Berries Slender Porridge

Protein World Summer Berries Slender Porridge

Per 100g: Calories, 364; 飽和脂肪, 1.9NS; タンパク質, 24NS; fibre, 8.7NS; シュガー, 3.1NS; salt, 0.63NS

請求: ‘High protein, low sugar. Helps achieve your weight-loss goals. Delivers a multitude of vitamins and minerals to support overall health. Contains a thermogenic [heat-producing/ fat-burning] blend of guarana and green tea extracts.Add water or milk and microwave.

Expert verdict: Whey protein gives this porridge 12g of protein in a 50g serving, equivalent to two eggs. The added vitamin and mineral blend provides 33 に 45 per cent of the recommended daily amount of a number of nutrients.

Stimulants such as green tea and guarana may help to boost metabolism, but the impact is likely to be very small.


Taste: Sweet and smooth with tiny dried fruit pieces.


Immune improver

Perkier Golden Syrup + Immune Porridge

Eight 55g pots, from £8.79,

Per 100g: Calories, 375; 飽和脂肪, 3.6NS; タンパク質, 16NS; fibre, 6.5NS; シュガー, 18NS; salt, 0.01NS

請求: Each portion contains ‘100 per cent [of your daily] vitamin D, C and B12, plus coconut ‘mylkfats to increase absorption of vitamin D. Guaranteed to boost your immune system.Dairy-free, high in fibre. Add boiling water and leave for five minutes.

Perkier Golden Syrup + Immune Porridge

Perkier Golden Syrup + Immune Porridge

Expert verdict: Adding vitamin B12 — important for healthy blood and nerve cells — to this vegan porridge is good as it can be difficult to find in a plant- based diet.

The added vitamin D is useful for a healthy immune system — but I’ve never seen any research to prove that coconut milk can increase its absorption.

Vitamin C has important, protective antioxidant properties — but you shouldn’t need a supplement if you are eating reasonable amounts of fruit and veg.

There’s fibre and some protein from the soy and quinoa flakes here, which will make this filling. But there’s almost two-and-a-half teaspoons of mostly added sugar in each pot.


Taste: Nice texture spoiled by artificial syrup flavour.


Tools of the trade

今週: Electrocauterisation tools

Cauterisation is where heat is used to cut and seal blood vessels. The process was described by a 10th-century Andalusian physician, Abu Al Qasim Al Zahrawi, who developed several instruments to perform it (these would be heated in a fire).

Researchers at the University of Pisa in Italy have found evidence of the technique being used on an 11th-century mummified body buried in Italy with two wounds to the head — one had scarring that suggested it had been burned to seal it. Manuscripts from the same period (in The British Library) include images depicting the treatment, with the ‘cautery ironshown being heated in fire.

この頃, surgeons use an electric current (electrocautery) to heat a metal wire or scalpel to a very high temperature to carry out the procedure.