Oatmeal, while praised today by nutritionists and health gurus, comes from very humble beginnings. The last of the cereal grains to be domesticated by western society 3,000 year ago, the oats for oatmeal came from weeds that grew in fields prepared for other crops.
Ancient Romans saw oats as an unfortunate and diseased wheat and used them as cheap horse food. They scoffed in disgust at societies who ate oats in their meals, such as the Germanic tribes who conquered the West Roman Empire as well as the Scottish whom the Romans were never able to conquer. Huh, almost sounds like the Romans should have eaten their oats after all.
Though oats are still used in horse food today, there is a portion set aside specifically for human consumption. And for good reason! The fiber within oats is more soluble than any other grain. Soluble fiber dissolves in water and turns into a thick, viscous gel, which moves slowly through the body. This means it keeps you full for long periods of time. Soluble fiber also slows down the body’s process of glucose absorption and inhibits re-absorption of bile into the system, meaning you avoid sugar highs and lows while your liver gets its needed cholesterol from your blood. So apparently, eating oatmeal makes you stronger than a Roman. Who knew?
The Quaker Mill Company, which would later become Quaker Oats, started in Ravenna, Ohio.
Johnson's "A Dictionary of the English Language" described oatmeal as a grain "which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people."
The Scots have eaten oatmeal for centuries; the grain itself grows well in that part of the world due to that country's low temperatures and high humidity.
According to some historians, the wild ancestors of modern oats were prevalent in Asia. But they weren't domesticated until sometime in the first millennium BCE in what is now Central Europe.
Oats are one of humankind's earliest cultivated foods. In fact, the ancient Chinese knew all about the grain.
Yup! Oatmeal is perfectly safe to eat every day. And with all of the health benefits it provides, your body might thank you for it!
The "Quaker Man" has adorned Quaker Oats since 1877, when he became the first registered trademark for a breakfast cereal in America.
Many people take oatmeal baths in order to rejuvenate and soothe their skin. In fact, oat-based products are awash in proteins, enzymes, vitamins, and antioxidants that apparently make excellent additions to one's skin regimen.
According to research, an estimated 75 percent of U.S. households have oatmeal in their kitchens right now.
If people aren't making oatmeal for breakfast, they're baking oatmeal cookies for dessert. And in between? Meatloaf! Yup, some people use oatmeal for holding that savory dish together.
Although the terms are often used interchangeably, porridge and oatmeal are not necessarily the same thing. Oatmeal is a kind of porridge, but porridge can be made from many things other than oats.
Many fitness experts swear by steel-cut oats, which have a pleasant chewy texture. Prepare a bowl and get your day off to a nutritious and filling start, the natural way.
There are a lot of ways to celebrate National Oatmeal Day that may have your doctor shaking his head but will have your taste buds jumping for joy. Oatmeal raisin cookies, apple and cinnamon oatmeal, brown sugar oats. We're getting hungry just thinking about it.
A lot of people go without food every day right here in the U.S. Many homeless shelters accept oatmeal since it's an easy and nutritious way to fill the bellies of the less fortunate. Consider donating a big batch of packaged oatmeal to a local shelter or to your church.
Whether it's saturated with brown sugar, baked into cookies, or prepped as plain as the day is long, oatmeal is a truly, wonderfully, satisfyingly delicious meal and snack.
Depending on how it's prepared, oatmeal has definite health benefits. Oatmeal is mostly water. It's also low-fat and stuffed with essential nutrients, such as manganese, phosphorus and zinc. Plus, experts say consuming oats can reduce the risk of heart disease.
Oats are a hardy grain. They tolerate rain well (better than most grains), and can be planted in fall or springtime. Plus, oatmeal is a staple of food culture the world over.