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Is there anything actually ^wrong^ with DS having microwave porridge every day?

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Dull topic, sorry, but I have this niggling doubt at the back of my mind and Google tells me nothing useful on this.

DS and I have Oatso Simple porridge every morning, 2 mins each in the microwave.

Anything wrong with that?? Is microwave porridge once a day a heinous crime? He's been having it since 1yo, and is 2.5 now, hasn't grown as extra head yet...

I occasionally try him on hob porridge but he never eats much as I always seem to balls it up in some way. Texture maybe?
Plus I hate dealing with the porridge pan.

I occasionally see inflammatory links in Facebook etc about studies in which school kids have watered plants with cooled boiled water and cooled microwaved water, the microwaved water plants died...... shock hmm

ISeeYouShiverWithAntici Mon 20-Jan-14 11:11:23

What is in it?

cakesonatrain Mon 20-Jan-14 11:13:10

Errr, what?
We have always made our porridge in the micro.

Artandco Mon 20-Jan-14 11:13:39

I wouldn't care about microwave, but I think the oatso simple sachets are quite High in sugar/ salt content

We use normal oats, in microwave and takes 2 mins also. Or you could you ready Brek if you prefer smooth texture

cakesonatrain Mon 20-Jan-14 11:13:41

(oats + water, not packet stuff)

LightsPlease Mon 20-Jan-14 11:13:51

Oatso simple porridge is delicious. I just had some with chopped fruit in.

PenelopePipPop Mon 20-Jan-14 11:14:30
FrillyMilly Mon 20-Jan-14 11:14:50

I think it would only be bad if there's lots of sugar in it. I have porridge most mornings that I microwave (I just do oats and milk though not the sachets). I had never thought about the microwaves harming me in some way.

MrsExtraOrdinary Mon 20-Jan-14 11:14:50

grin You've just made me laugh out loud! Not at you and ability to make porridge but at myself 14 years ago. I was fretting the same thing. In fact porridge is all ds would eat. Ready brek in fact. Anything else and if wasn't as finly ground. I had to put milk In first. If I did it the other way round it all went wrong.

I've no idea if microwaving breakfast is a good or bad thing. But porridge as Has to be a healthier option than most. As long as you aren't adding sugar.

My ds will be 16 this year and still loves it. But I was convinced he'd never eat anything else. He's still faddy but healthy. Good luck op.

Onesiegoddess Mon 20-Jan-14 11:15:42

Is it more refined then normal? It's better rougher for long burn energy purposes. Does it contain sugar? I tend to stay away from microwaved stuff but don't have a good reason.

frugalfuzzpig Mon 20-Jan-14 11:16:18

I don't see what's wrong with it confused especially the plain one.

frugalfuzzpig Mon 20-Jan-14 11:17:09

I wish my DCs would eat porridge!

Dogonabeanbag Mon 20-Jan-14 11:17:59

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

BuzzardBird Mon 20-Jan-14 11:19:42

The plain one doesn't seem to have any evils in it. Obviously the Golden Syrup one is the best but has the added sugar. Fats and salt are low so it is just down to the added flavouring which I guess you could control by buying the boring plain one and adding fruit or honey?

yellowbuttercup Mon 20-Jan-14 11:21:28

Porridge is really good for you. It's a prebiotic.
This is the second thread about porridge I've seen on here tonight! It must be in fashion.

CQ Mon 20-Jan-14 11:21:29

A nutritionist told me to keep away from Oatso Simple and similar. In order for the porridge to be palatable when it's been cooked so fast, the oats are processed before packaging. Regardless of the added sugar/salt issue, anything that's been processed becomes harder for your body to recognise and deal with.

Use rolled organic jumbo oats, soak in milk or water overnight, then microwave. The soaking helps to start the break down of the oats, then they don't need to be cooked for so long if you're in a rush.

BuzzardBird Mon 20-Jan-14 11:24:01

Oh, you mean because you use a microwave? Don't be daft, microwaves work by rubbing molecules together to make them hot, how is that going to hurt him? grin

WelliesandPyjamas Mon 20-Jan-14 11:26:47

If, and that's a big IF, you are making the porridge somehow less nutritious by microwaving, it must surely be cancelled out by, firstly, the speed at which you are cooking it (equals more of your attention for your children), and secondly, the good energy the food is giving your children for the morning (equals less tiredness and whining by mid morning). Microwave porridge with chopped up banana before school is never a bad thing in this house!

ItsATIARA Mon 20-Jan-14 11:27:54

You can achieve the same effect much cheaper by buying huge bags of oatmeal and microwaving it in a big Pyrex jug. I have a measuring cup which gives the right quantity, one scoop of oats to two of semi-skimmed milk - once you've worked out the right timings for your quantity then it's every bit as easy as oatsosimple. Not what you asked, I know, but well worth saving the money and packaging if you do that much of it.

deepestpurple Mon 20-Jan-14 11:29:44

I hope not, both my dc also have that for breakfast most days.

Dc2 is 2 so I get away with 1 sachet and an extra handful of plain porridge oats and an extra splash of milk. Feeds both of them. It can be expensive when its not on offer so I like o stretch it out

frugalfuzzpig Mon 20-Jan-14 11:32:36

So the oats in a sachet of plain oatso simple are more processed than the oats in a big box of regular porridge oats? I didn't realise that. blush

i hope not, mine have Readybrek or cheaper own-brand alternative every day, it's about the only thing they will finish angry

laregina Mon 20-Jan-14 11:42:06

Plain oatso simple has no more sugar than standard porridge - it's the flavoured versions that do.

And the oats are also no more processed than readybrek. Ok so not as lumpy as 'real' porridge but I could never get my DC to eat the lumpy stuff anyway.

So in theory it may be very slightly less nutritious than old fashioned porridge, but it's much healthier than 99% of the cereals out there so good enough for me & mine smile

Borntobeamum Mon 20-Jan-14 11:46:28

Is a sensible breakfast as far as I'm concerned.
Slow release to keep him full till lunchtime.
Better than a greens sausage roll any day x

TheGreatHunt Mon 20-Jan-14 11:48:05

Oatso is grim.

You can make normal porridge in the microwave.

GrandadGrumps Mon 20-Jan-14 12:07:39

CQ Your 'rolled organic jumbo oats' are probably heavily processed themselves. The 'rolling' process usually involves steaming, flattening and toasting them - like cornflakes. They're still better than Coco Pops or a Sausage & Egg McMuffin however.

ThatWouldBeTelling Mon 20-Jan-14 12:09:59

This is such a sweet OP.
Microwaves are fine.

Chopsypie Mon 20-Jan-14 12:11:59

Bloody hell, another thing I didn't realise I should have worried about.

Glad to see it's okay though, my two have porridge 5/7 and it would never have occurred to me to make it in a pan

Needadvice5 Mon 20-Jan-14 12:14:03

Mine have it nearly every day, better than the crappy chocolatey cereal!

IamInvisible Mon 20-Jan-14 12:18:08

DS1(19) has been eating microwaved value porridge for breakfast most of his life. He's fine. Now he puts cinnamon and honey on it which I know isn't good for him, but he's old enough to make his own mind up.

DH has it too.

mrsjay Mon 20-Jan-14 12:20:11

it is porridge central today grin i cant make it even in the microwave dd makes her own no there is nothing wrong with your son having it for his breakfast at all

funnyossity Mon 20-Jan-14 12:23:42

I looked at these once when they were on offer and they are so expensive compared with ordinary oats. Just do normal oats in the microwave.

You can make porridge in the microwave? That'll save me some time and washing up in the morning. Never occurred to me to try that... blush

mrsjay Mon 20-Jan-14 12:44:19

you can buy instant porridge too apparently just add water no dishes grin

PHEW! grin

Just got back in, good to see I was just being a numpty as per usual.

DS loves his porridge, he has it completely plain, with the occasional 1/4 teaspoon of strawberry jam in it as a treat, or with banana if DH is making breakfast (hot banana smells awful). As yet he hasn't figured out what the funny yellow stuff vast quantities of Golden Syrup is on mine.

I am now going to try microwaving normal oats after an overnight soak!
Will have to faff about with quantities no doubt, any idea how long one portion would take? Half a cup of oats to one cup of milk I assume?

And next time my DM tells me of the evils of microwaves I shall show her PenelopePipPop's link

HamletsSister Mon 20-Jan-14 13:42:04

Ok - I make "normal" porridge every morning. For me (and I am a greedy cow) I put one mug of oats in a bowl with 2 cups of fluid (water or milk or a mixture) and microwave for 3 minutes, stir, put back for maybe a further minute. Then add whatever (cinnamon and raisins at the weekend - yum).

Beastofburden Mon 20-Jan-14 13:45:20

I put half a cup of jumbo oats and one cup of milk in <shock> a saucepan and stick it on the hob. It takes about two minutes- certainly faster than boiling an egg. The pan isnt vile unless you burn it.

Frozen blueberries or raspberries are nice in it. you dont need sugar.

ItsATIARA Mon 20-Jan-14 13:47:17

Normal oatmeal will come with microwave instructions. One adult portion made with 2:1 proportions cooks in 2 minutes, stir 2 minutes.

Shallishanti Mon 20-Jan-14 13:47:41

half a cup of cheapo oats, half a cup of water, half a cup of semi skimmed milk, pinch of salt, use a deep bowl, microwave on full until you see it about to overflow, switch off, leave a few seconds, another blast and you're done. That's how I make it for me, I guess if I was doing it for a small child I'd use all milk, maybe full fat.
Really simple and cheap- use the money saved on sachets for some deliscious treat grin

upsala Mon 20-Jan-14 13:54:04
RoganJosh Mon 20-Jan-14 14:07:41

There's a snopes entry on the microwaved water thing, they redid the experiment and all the plants look fine to a quick scan.

Ooh thanks Rogan! thanks

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