Cork research show porridge really is that good for you
Yes, porridge really is good for you, according to a research team at the APC Microbiome Institute in Fermoy who have confirmed that the gut microbes play a big role in heart health.
The study found that that consumption of oat beta glucan not only lowered blood cholesterol in mice, but also helped keep body weight down and benefited the gut microbiota - the community of microbes living in the intestines.
Plant stanol esters, were also tested in the study, were found to be the most effective in lowering blood cholesterol and helping to avoid plaque build-up, but caused the greatest weight and adiposity gains and adversely affected the gut microbiota composition of the mice.
"These results show we need to consider effects on the microbiome when treating cardiovascular disease through either food or medication" said Prof Catherine Stanton, leader of the research at the APC Microbiome Institute and Teagasc Food Research Centre in Moorepark, Fermoy. "The message is to take porridge regularly to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease whilst also protecting your gut microbiota."