Profile America: Oatmeal Month Begins

Monday, January 22nd. Many sumptuous foods get their day — or month — in the sun by way of some commemoration. But even very basic, traditional and unexciting foods get a salute. For example, this is National Oatmeal Month, recognizing the long-term favorite for its up-to-date health characteristics — low fat, no sodium, and the ability to help lower the risk of heart disease. Oatmeal also fits today’s time pressures, since a bowl can be made in seconds in the microwave. And of course, oatmeal cookies are among the nation’s favorites. Oatmeal and other cereal uses of oats are greatly utilized by America’s 76 breakfast-food production firms. The industry employs over 12,000 people, with annual sales of $9.7 billion.

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