Ten Fun Facts for Oatmeal Month

May 04 00:00 2001 Print This Article

January is officially Oatmeal Month - so how about taking a look at these fun facts about oatmeal and oatmeal month.

  • Oatmeal Month, created in the early 1980s by The Quaker Oats Company's foodservice division, is celebrated each January, the month in which we buy more oatmeal than any other month of the year. Last January, we stocked our pantries with 40.5 million pounds of oats, enough to make 470 million bowls of oatmeal.

  • The portrait of the Quaker man on the Quaker Oats package has been updated just three times since its creation in 1877, once in 1946, again in 1957 and, most recently, in 1972.

  • Quaker Oats was the first U.S. breakfast cereal to receive a registered trademark, the first to offer a recipe and a premium on its package, and the first to offer trial-size samples.

  • Oats were one of the earliest cereals cultivated by man. They were known in ancient China as long ago as 7,000 B.C. The ancient Greeks were the first people known to have made a recognizable porridge (cereal) from oats.

  • Seventy-five percent of U.S. households have oatmeal in their cupboard.

  • The most popular oatmeal toppings are: milk, sugar, fruit (raisins, bananas) and butter/margarine. Among the most unusual are: eggnog, peanut butter, cottage cheese and brewer's yeast.

  • Oatmeal cookies are the #1 non-cereal usage for oatmeal, followed by meatloaf and fruit crisp.

  • An 18-ounce package of Old Fashioned Quaker Oats contains about 26,000 rolled oats.

  • Oatmeal is still a bargain at less than 15 cents a serving.

  • Oatmeal is heart healthy. More than 37 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.

Source: Quaker Oatmeal

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