Finnish scientists discovered a link between babies being fed oats (from which porridge is made) early in life and lowered risk of developing asthma later in life.
The study found that the risk of developing asthma reduced by two thirds among babies who were started off on porridge before 5 months of age.
Multiple studies have in fact been able to demonstrate the link between diet and environment that a baby has early in infancy and a later development of asthma and this Finnish study sought to examine how certain foods affected the possibility of developing asthma and hay fever.
The researchers found that animal and cell experiments conducted suggests that oats may affect the immune system and have anti-inflammatory properties.
Most health guidelines recommend exclusive breast feeding of an infant for the first 6 months of life, and this finding could be inconsistent with that finding however, according to this UK telegraph report.