Cheap porridge -v- expensive stuff

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Hello, I am new to the Forum  :)    I love porridge and have it most mornings with a variety of toppings.  I buy the Aldi value porridge (packaged in what looks like a bag of flour).  Is this cheap version just as good nutritiously as the more expensive versions?  
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  • PLRFD
    PLRFD Posts: 1,125 Forumite
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    The old fashioned Scott’s is the one for me.
  • Auntycaz
    Auntycaz Posts: 3,254 Forumite
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    PLRFD said:
    The old fashioned Scott’s is the one for me.
    Me too, I prefer the larger oats, but I sometimes mix half and half with lidl crownfield one to make it stretch further.
  • KittyBee123
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    pumpkin89 said:
    Welcome to the Forum  :) 

    In short, yes!  The main differences will be the size of the oats (generally, more expensive brands will have bigger oats and less "dust") and packaging (e.g. cardboard boxes rather than plastic bags).

    Here is the nutritional information, per 100g, for three different brands at different price points.  The differences are minor - the type you buy has slightly higher carb content and hence a bit more energy (calories), and slightly lower fibre.  But it's still a very good source of fibre, especially if you include fruit in your toppings.

    Aldi Everyday Essentials Porridge Oats

    Energy            414kcal
    Fat                  8.1g of which saturates 1.3g
    Carbohydrate 71g of which sugars <0.5g
    Fibre               7.2g
    Protein           11g
    Salt                <0.01g

    Quaker Rolled Oats

    Energy            374kcal
    Fat                  8.0g of which saturates 1.5g
    Carbohydrate 60g of which sugars 1.1g
    Fibre               9.0g
    Protein           11g
    Salt                 0g

    Waitrose Duchy Organic Jumbo Rolled Oats

    Energy            367kcal
    Fat                  8.4g of which saturates 1.3g
    Carbohydrate 56.1g of which sugars 1.0g
    Fibre               9.1g
    Protein           12.1g
    Salt                 0.0g
    Thanks all for your replies  <3
  • millie
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    I like Asda"s jumbo oats they are £1.10 for 1 kg. they do not give instructions for microwave cooking so I have always made them in a saucepan. 
  • MarkFromCornwall
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    edited 26 May 2022 at 11:19AM
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    pumpkin89 said:
    Welcome to the Forum  :) 

    In short, yes!  The main differences will be the size of the oats (generally, more expensive brands will have bigger oats and less "dust") and packaging (e.g. cardboard boxes rather than plastic bags).

    Here is the nutritional information, per 100g, for three different brands at different price points.  The differences are minor - the type you buy has slightly higher carb content and hence a bit more energy (calories), and slightly lower fibre.  But it's still a very good source of fibre, especially if you include fruit in your toppings.

    Aldi Everyday Essentials Porridge Oats

    Energy            414kcal
    Fat                  8.1g of which saturates 1.3g
    Carbohydrate 71g of which sugars <0.5g
    Fibre               7.2g
    Protein           11g
    Salt                <0.01g

    Quaker Rolled Oats

    Energy            374kcal
    Fat                  8.0g of which saturates 1.5g
    Carbohydrate 60g of which sugars 1.1g
    Fibre               9.0g
    Protein           11g
    Salt                 0g

    Waitrose Duchy Organic Jumbo Rolled Oats

    Energy            367kcal
    Fat                  8.4g of which saturates 1.3g
    Carbohydrate 56.1g of which sugars 1.0g
    Fibre               9.1g
    Protein           12.1g
    Salt                 0.0g

    Flahavan's Organic porridge oats  (plastic free packaging)
    Energy                 371 kcal
    Fat                       5.8g of which saturates 1.0g
    Carbohydrate      64g of which sugars 0.9g
    Fibre                    8.3g
    Protein                11g
    Salt                     < 0.01g

  • lmh503
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    I like the Lidl Simply Porridge oats, as I prefer smaller oats (I eat them with cold milk and fruit after soaking for about 30 mins). They have 367kcal/100g, 8.4g fat, 1g sugar and 9.1g fibre and best of all they come in a paper bag so no plastic! 😁
  • Coffeekup
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    Porridge is all I have for breakfast over last few years. Nutritionally they are all the same give or take the smallest number from what I have seen.

    I've tried a few varieties from big brand names to supermarket budget to organic ones from supermarkets. To me they all taste very similar the obvious differences is oats sizes and packaging.
    The ones I personally didn't like we're by a company called flahavan's the oats were very big and lacked taste. One of the best for me was Sainsbury's "so" organic with an oat size I liked and some good flavour. But I buy most these day's as long as it's not wrapped in plastic and doesn't come in unnecessary packaging like sachets.

    I make mine with a pinch of sea salt, sultana (or other dried fruit), crushed nut's (almonds or pecan are my current fave), and some honey or golden syrup. I pour boiling water over it and wait 3 mins and wolf it down.
  • PLRFD
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    Golden syrup on porridge for sure.
  • Rosa_Damascena
    Rosa_Damascena Posts: 6,324 Forumite
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    I like porridge but very rarely eat it as it doesn't like me! If I want my tummy to go from flat to second trimester in under 6 hours oats would be my go to for sure.

    I know they are a nutritionally good food, but I can't be the only one that avoids it for this reason?
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