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Porridge and Low Carbs

Discussion in 'Low-carb Diet Forum' started by kentishman, Dec 27, 2009.

  1. Ehlana

    Ehlana · Active Member

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    I have been following this thread with interest because I too have a reaction to any porridge - generally in double figures! However, I recently discovered hemp porridge which has a much higher protein content - it is a mixture of rolled hemp with porridge oats.

    Due to the higher protein content, I can happily have 30g with some soya milk and berries and its very satisfying.

    Interestingly, I sometimes have porridge in the afternoon as my carb replacement after a run - and I never get such high readings. Is there any link between having these grains in a morning, or is it just the exercise?

    I'm very interested with people's views on food combining as well.
     
  2. mjm

    mjm · Member

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    I'm a T1 and use porridge every morning. I use 50g and mix in blueberries. I then cover with natural yogurt. I then spread sunflower seeds on the yogurt and cover these with sesame seeds. I then sprinkle maple leaf syrup on this. I exercise on an exercise bike after breakfast and can have readings under 7after 2 hours. I feel exercise has a lot to do with it in my situation. - Mike
     
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    porridge is a low carb because it lowers your colestrol
     
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    hanadr · Expert

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    Definition of calorie as a unit of energy
    4.2 calories are requied to raise the temperature of 1cubic centimetre of water by 1 Celsius degree.
    A Calorie or kilo calorie is 1000 calories. Note the importance of the capital letter.
    Under the MKS system of units, we use the joule instead and 4.2calories = 1 joule.
    You'll see Kj on food labels too.
    these don't tell you much about how the body uses energy, since the determination is done in a bomb calorimeter.
    Hana
     
  5. Moogie1947

    Moogie1947 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    That takes me back nearly 45 years to 'A' level physics. Although that is clearly the scientific definition, do you think that the calorie is an over simplification of what is happening in the body and not all calories count the same in the context of diets? Maybe it depends on what food they are in. It seems that calories from fat may not count the same as those from starch in the putting on weight game, as low carbing also means higher fats and proteins.
     
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    Busybee2 said:

    "porridge is a low carb because it lowers your colestrol"

    I don't think so! :shock:
     
  7. Moogie1947

    Moogie1947 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I have this quick to make, no cook alternative to Porridge.
    It is really delicious - a flax seed chocolate porridge adapted from Rose Elliotts "The vegetarian low carb Diet Cookbook":

    1 tablespoon Soy protein powder (from health food shops not Soy flour)
    2 tablespoons ground flax seed (buy ready ground or grind your own)
    Spenda* to taste
    1 teaspoon cocoa (not hot chocolate) powder (I use Green and Blacks) **
    Full Cream yoghurt, creme fraiche or double cream as required.

    Mix together, add boiling water al little at a time, less that 1/2 pint and stir until thick.
    Stir in the yoghurt or cream or creme fraiche.
    Add more Splenda if it is not sweet enough.

    * You could use one of the DaVinci carb free syrups instead e.g. vanilla. Buy online.
    ** Original recipe used cinnamon and chopped nuts.

    You can make up a big batch of the dry mix in advance too. But need to keep it in the fridge as ground flax seed apparently goes rancid.
     
  8. catherinecherub

    catherinecherub · Guest

    I am one of the lucky ones who does not have trouble eating porridge. I use 30g and include berries and nuts to balance the meal. If I just ate porridge on it's own it would probably spike me too.

    Steel cut oats,

    http://www.diabeteshealth.com/read/2010 ... -cut-oats/
     
  9. Ardbeg

    Ardbeg Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Where do you buy these steel cut oats Catherine?

    Are they available in the supermarkets?

    Thanks,

    Jim
     
  10. catherinecherub

    catherinecherub · Guest

    Hi Ardbeg,
    You can sometimes get them in Waitrose and Sainsburys. I get them online from GoodnessDirect. co.uk Put pinhead oats in their search engine. You could buy the smaller bag to try them. I add fruit and nuts. Stewed apple with cinnamon and flaked almonds is nice as is berries and crushed walnuts. You could also add seeds.

    It takes longer to cook than the jumbo oats. I cook mine in the slow cooker overnight on low and so there is no excuse that breakfast will take too long. 8) If you make extra it will fridge for a couple of days and you can warm it up in the microwave.

    Catherine.
     
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    hi,
    my son is type 1 and has ready brek every morning for breakfast. He has 45 grams with 200ml of semi skimmed milk. He doesnt low carb as such as he is only 13 and needs the carbs for his growth. The porridge does send his levels up and after 2 hours he is normally around 9 which is high. Having said that his hba1c is 5.6 . We have spoken to his consultant along with the dieabetic nurse and a diabetic nutritionalist who have all said his is fine with those levels as porridge is slow release.
     
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    I am just starting to figure out a good way of life for me. So far I've found that exercise has amazing effects on my BG levels. I often eat small amounts of porridge in the morning, about 1/4 mug (~30g), bulked out with the same amount of grated courgette. Then I add different seeds and coconut milk.
     
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    I am type 1, diagnosed aug 13, I had never had the need to diet or watch what food I ate, I was 54 when diagnosed, it has taken all this time and only since finding this site that my bg has dramatically reduced, I have reduced my carb intake and have been able to reduce insulin intake, my bg on waking had been between 15-2. for the past few days and reading and learning from other's experiences my waking bg has been 4.2-5.2, and throughout the day my levels have not gone above 6, I feel so much better , not foggy one minute then dizzy the next, I actually am starting to feel like my old self.
     
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    I made overnight porridge: soak rolled oats in a glass/jar with milk, sprinkle some cinnamon powder. no problem with BG spike. but I take very little quantity- 20g may be.
     
  15. andcol

    andcol I reversed my Type 2 · Well-Known Member
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    I eat porridge each morning with full fat milk and a good sprinkling of cinnamon. Only about 30g. If I use semi-skimmed milk I am hungry by 10:30 (5 hours after breakfast) but with full fat I can go until 1PM before hunger approaches. Seeing as I do not get home until 8PM I have to extend lunch and not eat it at 11AM lol. For me 30g porridge is fine and doesn't raise my BG levels above low 6s
    However, I wouldn't say porridge is low carb but it can form some of the carbs you intend to eat throughout the day.

    For reference I do not follow a low carb diet.
     
  16. oldman1954

    oldman1954 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I can`t take porridge in any shape or form it sends my blood sugars sky rocketing then i get terrible head aches
     
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