Ahh oatmeal, you probably hated it as a kid and love or at least like it as an adult. I love oatmeal. So versatile and it’s extremely inexpensive to eat or always have on hand. Here are 10 fun facts about oatmeal.
10 Fun Facts About Oatmeal
1. Oats are used primarily as food for livestock, with only about 5% of the world’s crop being consumed by humans.
2. Oatmeal cookies are the number one non-cereal usage for oatmeal, followed by meatloaf. I would not have guessed meatloaf.
3. Seventy-five percent of U.S. households have oatmeal in their pantry. Totally believable. I don’t think I’ve ever seen oatmeal not in someone’s home.
4. Oatmeal is a bargain at less than 15 cents a serving. It’s one of the cheapest think you can eat to keep you alive. You just have to get creative with it with toppings and or sweeteners if that’s what you like.
5. Oatmeal is heart and body healthy. Many scientific studies show that eating oatmeal daily as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may help reduce the risk of heart disease.
6. You can put it on your face!
It moisturizes, protects, exfoliates, and cleanses your skin. Oatmeal also improves your complexion and reduces skin inflammation. You can use it in your bath, use it to make a paste for a face mask, or use it as a gentle cleanser. It’s a miracle grain.
7. Oat groats are the healthiest form of oatmeal to eat. Groats are the purest form of oatmeal. They are made from hulled grains, which are then toasted to make them more edible. Groats are considered the healthiest oatmeal because they go through very little processing. Because the grains are still whole and the nutrients stay intact.
8. If the groats are cut into small pieces, they are called steel-cut oats. When groats are steamed and flattened, they are called rolled oats.
9. Vermont is the biggest consumer of oatmeal in the United States. Denmark is tops in world consumption of oats followed by Belarus, Norway, The U.K. and Finland.
10. Though oatmeal is a common breakfast dish today, it has been served for thousands of years. Oats were cultivated in ancient China as far back as 7000 B.C., but the ancient Greeks were the first to eat oatmeal as the porridge-type cereal we know today.
Have you heard any of those fun facts before? Do you have any of your own to add? Is there a particular food items you’re just dying to know more about? I take requests!