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Local porridge recognised for alleviating digestion issues


Organic high-protein porridge from That Protein, an award-winning innovator and producer of plant-based superfood powders in Northern Ireland, has achieved low FODMAP certification as suitable for sufferers of IBS and other digestion issues.

The certification for its natural oat-based porridge product follows rigorous independent testing by FODMAP dietary experts.

The low FODMAP certification is the third achieved by the small Northern Ireland business for its products. It became the first in the UK last year to gain FODMAP approval for its award-winning Blissful Raw Cacao Organic Super Protein, followed by its Chirpy Chirpy Choca Mocha Super Protein product.

“We are thrilled to receive this endorsement by dietary specialists in extensive laboratory tests for our new organic porridge which has been designed in response to the increasing number of people suffering from IBS and other digestion issues,” said Darlene McCormick, founder and managing director, That Protein.

“The double choc protein porridge is a specially developed blend of organic oats, plant protein, raw cacao, cacao nibs and the sweet superfood palmyra nectar and boasts a raft of health benefits including helping build and maintain muscle mass.

“It also reduces tiredness and fatigue and is high in fibre which is important as the daily fibre target is 30g a day.”

One in five people in the UK are thought to suffer with IBS and gut problems such as bloating.

“Low FODMAP endorsement is a very timely development and will support our marketing drive for the porridge which has been proving extremely popular since its launch last year,” she said. “The porridge has been attracting substantial interest especially from health food stores.”

That Protein’s Blissful Double Choc Protein Porridge is the latest in a series of plant-based protein products developed by the Belfast-based specialist in superfood powders; many of which have won prestigious Nourish Awards.

The new protein porridge is suitable for vegans, totally plant-based, and high in plant protein, fibre and energising B vitamin.

McCormick studied plant-based nutrition at Cornell University in the US, and is a qualified clinical nutritionist with a background in marketing and publicity. A long-time vegetarian, she set up That Protein in 2014 has creates all the recipes for her product range.

Low FODMAP is an acronym for low fermentable, oligosaccharides (fructans and GOS), disaccharides (lactose), monosaccharides (fructose) and polyols. The diet has been designed to help people with a medical diagnosis of IBS.

A study found that around three-quarters of those who follow the diet reported an improvement of the symptoms of IBS which include bloating, gas and gastrointestinal pain.

Belfast Telegraph