Oatmeal vs. Porridge
People tend to be confused about categorizing porridge and oatmeal. To clarify the nature of these foodstuffs, oatmeal is a type of porridge. However, not all porridges are oatmeal. Porridge is classified as any grain (or combination of grains) served hot with water and milk.
Porridge can be made of any grain, from rice to corn to oats. Oatmeal, on the other hand, is distinct because it is not Scandinavian but Scottish in origin. Yes, eventually, oatmeal reached the shores of Scotland and elsewhere. Northern Europe is best known for their various takes on what a porridge should be.
But which one is healthier?
To cut to the chase, oatmeal and porridge are often equal in terms of health benefits:
- Both are good for mental health as they improve serotonin production and release, which is a mood-boosting compound.
- Both are recommended for people with type 2 diabetes because they are low glycemic foodstuffs.
- Both are rich in trace nutrients and complex carbohydrates. These nutrients are vital for improving the state of the heart and the other organs.
- Athletes can also consume both as they provide essential nutrients for muscular growth and regeneration.
However, oatmeal may not be recommended for people with rheumatism as it contains higher uric acid. Oatmeal is also recommended for people who are suffering from celiac disease. Not all ready-to-cook porridge packs are gluten-free, so be sure to check the label to make sure.
Does Oatmeal Go Bad?
If stored properly, oatmeal will stay fresh for up to two years. After two years, you may begin to notice physical changes in oatmeal, and the smell will begin to change, too. As always, we recommend consuming only fresh oats.