What a Holiday on October 10: World Porridge Day – What Cereals Can be Harmful

Porridge is a versatile side dish, without which it is impossible to imagine a complete meal. This product is loved and appreciated by many cultures around the world, so the cereal was not left without a holiday. Every year, World Porridge Day is celebrated on October 10.

Porridge is one of the most famous foods in the world. Its consumption by certain people depends on what cereals grew in the territory where the people live. Imagine, somewhere they don’t eat buckwheat at all! The most popular cereals are rice, pearl barley, buckwheat, millet, and semolina.

Which cereal is the most harmful?

Much has been said about the benefits of cereals. This product helps to improve the functioning of the gastrointestinal tract, eliminate toxins, strengthen nails, hair, and the nervous system, and lose weight. However, there are cereals that do more harm than good.

Porridge with milk. Milk porridge is an ideal baby food product that helps to strengthen the baby’s health and ensure proper development. However, the high nutritional value of milk-based cereals is not the best choice for adults. They can cause problems with excess weight. Semolina porridge with milk is especially high in calories. In addition, it contains a large amount of gluten and phytin, which interferes with calcium absorption.

White rice. Nutritionists around the world say no to white rice. This cereal contains virtually no nutrients and no fiber – the very “natural brush” that makes you feel full and cleanses the body of harmful substances. Instead of fiber, rice cereal contains starch, which simply clogs the intestines. Give preference to unpeeled brown rice.

Cereals with gluten. Oatmeal, barley, and barley porridge for people with gluten intolerance can provoke the development of allergies as a reaction to cereal protein. Gluten intolerance can be manifested by bloating and discomfort in the intestines, joint pain, and skin rashes after eating these cereals.

How to eat cereals properly?

In order for porridge to bring maximum benefit to the body, it is necessary to combine foods properly. Do not eat porridge with meat. Give preference to vegetables.

  • Buckwheat goes well with fish, mushrooms, seafood, eggs, and milk.
  • Rice – with seafood, vegetables, spices, and dried fruits.
  • Barley – with greens, mushrooms, vegetables, and butter.
  • Corn porridge – with milk, vegetables, and mushrooms.
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Written by Emma Miller

I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and own a private nutrition practice, where I provide one-on-one nutritional counseling to patients. I specialize in chronic disease prevention/ management, vegan/ vegetarian nutrition, pre-natal/ postpartum nutrition, wellness coaching, medical nutrition therapy, and weight management.

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