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Yoghurt, porridge & beneficial bacteria — Ask Dr Jean

Ask Dr Jean 6 Dec 2019
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When it comes to women's health, there is no such thing as a silly question. Do you have a question you want answered, but have been too afraid or embarrassed to bring it up with your GP? Or you forgot to ask while you were in the doctor's surgery? Now, you can 'Ask Dr Jean'.


Answering your questions for this edition of 'Ask Dr Jean' is Accredited Practising Dietitian Kim Menzies.

Question

I read your article on gut health. Does stirring yoghurt through hot porridge kill off all the beneficial bacterial? Does porridge have to be eaten cold to be of benefit?

Kim Menzies

Answer

Bacteria are heat sensitive so if we are cooking foods that have a live culture in eg. yoghurt, the heat will kill off bacteria. If you are stirring yoghurt through the cooked porridge that is no longer on the heat, it may kill some of the bacteria but as the porridge will be cooling down, some of the bacteria will be present.

To get the full benefits of the wonderful probiotics in yoghurt, it may be more beneficial to dollop the yoghurt on top rather than stirring through.

Listen to this podcast of Kim talking about good foods for gut health or read the article here.