Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Resistant-Starch-Rich Rhymes

As we saw with Ahem! Avoid Margarine, folk/nursery rhymes can contain good health information. Here are some more examples:

Boxty (quick-fried or oven-baked raw grated potato pancakes that were traditionally popular in the Irish counties of Mayo, Sligo, Donegal, Ulster, Fermanagh, Longford, Leitrim and Cavan) contains some healthy resistant starch, especially if allowed to cool:

Boxty on the griddle,
And Boxty on the pan;
The wee one in the middle
Is for Mary Ann.

Boxty on the griddle,
boxty on the pan,
If you can't bake boxty
sure you'll never get a man.

Boxty on the griddle,
Boxty on the pan,
If you don't eat boxty,
You'll never get a man.

Cold nine-day old pease porridge was a traditional English dish also rich in resistant starch (which, unfortunately, few are willing to eat today):

Pease porridge hot, pease porridge cold,
Pease porridge in the pot, nine days old;
Some like it hot, some like it cold,
Some like it in the pot, nine days old.