There are not as many calories in porridge as you may think unless you eat a large bowl and add milk, butter and other fatty ingredients. One small bowl of porridge offers approximately 100 – 170 calories. There are lighter versions of this breakfast cereal that can keep the calorie content lower, in the range of 100-125 calories per bowl, but the average runs approximately 150 calories per one cup of porridge.
Porridge is a popular breakfast cereal in Europe and is making its way into the United States because it is low in calories and high in fiber and protein. Porridge consists of rolled oats, similar to the American version of oatmeal. There is little to no fat in porridge, in fact one gram of porridge consists of 0.1 gram of fat. There are also 0.5 grams of carbohydrates in this one gram porridge portion.
A bowl of porridge contains a gram of dietary fiber that is helpful in keeping the stomach full for a longer duration of time than high carbohydrate and low protein foods. This is why porridge is a great breakfast food, because it keeps the stomach full so that you are less likely to overeat around lunch time. Eating a portion of porridge will improve the digestive and intestinal tract, making the process of digestion run more efficiently. Most porridge eaters report regular bowel movements and less battles with constipation.
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