A MONTH OF OATMEAL FACTS!

DAY 1 If you are an oatmeal lover, you are not alone. Oatmeal consumption is up and accounts for 9.9% of all breakfasts in 2011.

DAY 2 Europe is the leading producer of oats. Other top producers are Russia, Canada and the United States.

DAY 3 Eighteenth century Samuel Johnson said of oatmeal... "...in England is generally given to horses... in Scotland supports the people."

DAY 4 Oatmeal is a natural, slow acting, complex carbohydrate.

DAY 5 Mayo Clinic places oatmeal in its top five foods that help lower cholesterol since oatmeal's soluble fiber helps lower LDL (bad cholesterol).

DAY 6 Because it is high in fiber and low in fat, oatmeal helps with weight loss by curbing appetite.

DAY 7 "Once we sowed wild oats, now we cook them in the microwave." - anonymous

DAY 8 17th century English explorer Bartholomew Gosnold planted oats on the Elizabeth Islands, located off southeastern Massachusetts in 1602.

DAY 9 George Washington experimented with over 60 crops at Mount Vernon. One of them was oats.

DAY 10 In the US, Vermont leads the nation in oatmeal consumption per capita.

DAY 11 It is estimated that 80% of American kitchens have oatmeal in their cupboards.

DAY 12 Bertram Texas has been holding its Annual Oatmeal Festival for over thirty years!

DAY 13 Oats have the highest proportion of soluble fiber than any other grain.

DAY 14 Oats are the third leading cereal crop produced in the US.

DAY 15 It is believed that the ancient Greeks were the first to use oats to make cereal.

DAY 16 NPR on children & breakfast... "Oatmeal eaters get... enough energy to last through the morning."

DAY 17 A recent study found that "... oatmeal eaters were perceived as being more physically attractive... intelligent... responsible..."

DAY 18 US President Chester Arthur used to eat oatmeal, fruit and fish for lunch.

DAY 19 Oats are a good source of vitamin E, zinc, iron, manganese and magnesium.

DAY 20 Oats contain many trace minerals including selenium, iron, zinc, copper and manganese.

DAY 21 In 17th century New Netherland (New York) Dutch colonists grew oats on Manhattan Island.

DAY 22 Three cities with high oatmeal consumption are Little Rock AR, Tulsa OK and Albany NY.

DAY 23 Wisconsin was the leading producer of oats in the US in 2009, followed by Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Pennsylvania.

DAY 24 Over forty studies suggest eating oatmeal may lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease.

DAY 25 You can easily increase the calcium and protein in your oatmeal by cooking it in milk instead of water.

DAY 26 Cranachan, a traditional Scottish dessert, is now usually made with oatmeal, whipped cream, raspberries, honey and whiskey.

DAY 27 Oats (Avena sativa) were once considered a pesky weed growing among domesticated grains.

DAY 28 Recent studies suggest that eating oatmeal may reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes.

DAY 29 The vast majority of oats are used for feeding livestock. (Oh, those fortunate animals)

DAY 30 The In January of 1997, the FDA published its first food-specific health claim stating that, "Soluble fiber from oatmeal, as part of a low saturated fat, low cholesterol diet, may reduce the risk of heart disease."

DAY 31 Consider it an herb or consider it a weed, but know that oatmeal is a humble, yet wonderfully nutritious food that is both affordable and delicious.