Tea postponed until about 6 now. The black puddings made by different manufacturers span this range, with some containing less than 3g/100g and others up to 22g. One of the best known is the Stornoway black pudding from the Isle of Lewis, off the west coast of Scotland, where it originated as a means of avoiding food waste: crofters kept only small numbers of animals, so it was essential that when one was slaughtered, every part was used. But the key feature that led to black pudding being named as a superfood is the blood, which makes it a rich source of iron. It also means that the calorie content varies almost threefold, from 120kcal per 100g to more than 300kcal. Apparently it could be because it's full of protein, iron, calcium and zinc pic.twitter.com/lxfgK0B9KW. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? pic.twitter.com/C3f6FiERPf, Perfect for a filling breakfast tomorrow - Smoked Haddock Black Pudding on French Toast https://t.co/CKs8UfI43K pic.twitter.com/fSbdc8uTlr, Thought it best to opt for the salad option @numberfourSY1 today.. black pudding, bacon, potato & poached egg. Black pudding is also proposed to be a good source of other minerals, such as magnesium, zinc and calcium, as well as providing protein. Cauliflower rice: The new superfood or just the latest food fad? Before the days of refrigeration, the blood was immediately mixed with fat, oatmeal and seasonings, and packed into a length of the animal’s intestine. Black pudding Scotch eggs. This helps to make black pudding a rich and easily absorbed source of iron for those in need of a boost, even if some of the “haem” iron is likely to be converted to “non-haem” in the cooking process. Blood puddings are eaten in various forms in many countries – morcilla in Spain or boudin noir in France, for example. Lorna added: “It’s been a staple on the kitchen table throughout the Hebrides for many years, it’s now good to see its benefits being recognised.”, @coppersgosforth @Geordiebanger Black Pudding, Bacon and Sausage. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. Fried breakfast. A portion of two slices weighs around 60g-120g. pic.twitter.com/6pNFCXeHx8, How do you Scotch an egg,wrap it in meat,deep fry it,so how do you Scotch a Scotch egg?Make it out of Black Pudding! Five ways to eat black pudding. Does coconut oil live up to its superfood hype? pic.twitter.com/0Wbf5XnVEw. Up to half of this fat is saturated, which has long been linked to heart disease – albeit some studies have raised doubts. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? Another ingredient of note is salt, which has been linked with high blood pressure and heart disease. Yet it has another negative, which is unfortunately linked to its claim to superfood status: haem iron is thought to promote cancer by damaging the lining of the bowel, particularly in those with poor-quality diets who consume high quantities of meat. Salad. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. If after weighing up the risks you decide to enjoy black pudding in moderation, there are still ways to limit the damage. Interestingly, there is work underway in Ireland to reduce the salt and fat content of black pudding. Fry-up fans have something to cheer about in 2016 - the humble black pudding is now being hailed as a 'superfood' thanks to its nutritional benefits. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. Most of us actually consume at least one-and-a-half to twice as much protein as we require. In truth, black pudding is perhaps less “processed” than some other meat products. But the key feature that led to black pudding being named as a superfood is the blood, which makes it a rich source of iron. He thinks meat eaters “ought to eat all parts of an animal, not just the pretty bits”. Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. Are 'superfoods' really that good for you? As such, the World Cancer Research Fund has suggested we should avoid these foods altogether. "It's also rich in iron and zinc - two minerals frequently missing from modern diets. Read the original article. "Black pudding is a good source of protein, essential for building strong muscles, repairing tissue and maintaining an effective immune and hormonal system. Homemade, natch. Iron is needed to make healthy blood cells and prevent anaemia. "It's been interesting to note how people are changing their habits depending on the new buzz words in clean eating. Lush. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. It’s best avoided, because 82% of calories come from fat, that super high … So, looking at the food overall, Black pudding isn’t a superfood, it’s a stupidfood. "It's great to have this new research available to find out the hidden qualities in food and we can't wait to see how these new trends take off. ", At least one butcher claims to have seen a boom in sales. Black pudding ... a little of what you fancy? Black pudding can replace the protein in a salad, and is delicious combined with fresh leaves and rich poached eggs. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. The blood sausage has been named a superfood of 2016, but do the facts back this up? A portion of two slices weighs around 60g-120g. Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. Several population groups in the UK take in too little iron, but it is women of childbearing age, who need more than anyone else, who are particularly prone to deficiency. ", Is black pudding a superfood!? Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you can continue to access our quality content in the future. Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate.