National Oatmeal Day 2022: History, Significance and Celebrations

National Oatmeal Day comes around annually on October 29th in the United States, celebrating one of the world’s most versatile, familiar food which is especially served as a popular breakfast food item today. 

During the time of year when cold weather is approaching, oatmeal presents itself as a super comfort food. An affordable healthy staple food, oatmeal is celebrated all year around, but specifically on National Oatmeal Day!

Oatmeal is a preparation of oats that have been de-husked, steamed, and flattened, or a coarse flour of hulled oat grains (groats) that have either been milled (ground) or steel-cut.

Event National Oatmeal Day
Date October 29, 2022
Day Saturday
Significance The day celebrates and honors the delicious and light Oatmeal
Observed by United States

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National Oatmeal Day History: 

Despite their widespread praise by nutritionists and bodybuilders alike, oats have a humble origin. They were the last of the major cereal grains to be domesticated, around 3,000 years ago in Europe, and apparently originated as weeds that grew within cultivated fields of various other crops. However there are also evidences which says that oats were first cultivated in Ancient China as far back as 7000 BC, and they have been a solid option for food in many cultures for several thousand years. 

Greeks and Romans considered oats to be nothing more than a diseased version of wheat. Oats were a lowly horse food for the Romans, who scoffed at the “oat-eating barbarians”, or those pesky Germanic tribes who eventually toppled the West Roman Empire. Oatmeal also has a long history in Scottish culinary tradition because oats are better suited than wheat to the country’s low temperatures and high humidity. As a result, oats became the staple grain of Scotland.

However it is true that oats existed for such a long time but it was adopted as a family food way later in time. Part of the reason why people were slow to embrace oats is because they go rancid very quickly, due to the presence of natural fats and a fat dissolving enzyme present in the grain. As a result, they have to be processed immediately after harvesting. The fats in oats are relatively healthy, with a lipid breakdown of 21% saturated, 37% monounsaturated, and 43% polyunsaturated.

In 1877, Quaker Oats registered as the first trademark for a breakfast cereal. The trademark was registered with the U.S. Patent Office as “a figure of a man in ‘Quaker garb.'” Both former owners, Henry Seymour and William Heston, claimed to have selected the Quaker name as a symbol of good quality and honest value. Since then many companies providing oatmeal came up in the country and became very popular especially as the breakfast item for the kids in the county and still remains popular because of it being healthy breakfast option. 

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National Oatmeal Day Significance:

For the preparation of oatmeals, the oat grains are de-husked by impact, and are then heated and cooled to stabilize the groats, the seed inside the husk. The groats may be milled to produce fine, medium, or coarse oatmeal. Steel-cut oats may be small and contain broken groats from the de-husking process (these bits may be steamed and flattened to produce smaller rolled oats). Both types of rolled oats may be eaten uncooked, as in muesli, or may be cooked with water or milk to make porridge. 

Rolled oats are steamed and flattened whole oat groats. Old-fashioned oats may be thick and require longer cooking time. Quick-cooking rolled oats are cut into small pieces before being steamed and rolled. Instant oatmeal is cooked and dried, often with a sweetener and flavorings added. They are also used as an ingredient in oatmeal cookies, oatcakes, British flapjack bars, and baked oatmeal dessert dishes such as Apple Brown Betty and apple crisp.

People around the world enjoy oatmeal in several different ways. In Germany and Switzerland, people eat oats like a form of cereal. Uncooked oats are soaked in a mixture of milk and cinnamon overnight. In the morning, nuts and fruits are added. In the United States, Vermont boasts the highest per-capita consumption of oatmeal. A popular Vermont variation of oatmeal begins with steel-cut oats, which are soaked overnight in a mixture of water, salt and maple syrup. The next morning, nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger are added, and the oatmeal is cooked.

Oatmeal has a variety of beneficial health influences on humans. For a start it lowers cholesterol levels. Oatmeal has a specific type of fiber namely – beta-glucan, which lowers total cholesterol levels in the organism. According to some studies oats also oats helps prevent heart disease. Fibers in oatmeal also make you feel full after the finished meal which prevents you from overeating and can even reduce weight. Your body digests and absorbs oatmeal slowly, which keeps you feeling full and you don’t feel the need to eat more.

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National Oatmeal Day Celebrations: 

Obviously, the best way to begin the celebration of National Oatmeal Day is to dig deep into a big bowl of steaming hot oatmeal porridge. As part of a super nutritious breakfast, oatmeal is a healthy way to start the day as well so fo enjoy your Day with refreshing oatmeal and if you haven’t eaten it yet then it will be even more special for you and will make this day even more memorable for you so do eat it. 

It is the time for you to go creative with your oatmeal. If you have oatmeal daily as a breakfast for you then eating it just like that won’t make this day special for you so for doing that you have to think something different and make it more special and the best way to do that is by getting creative for your recipe for the oatmeal by adding many different types of ingredients or flavors into it in this way you can also check your cooking skills while enjoying a nice treat of oatmeal. 

A lot of people go without food every dayrin our world still which is very unfortunate.  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. In this way along with celebrating this day you will be also able to do something good for the society. 

Most Searched FAQs on National Oatmeal Day: 

1. When is National Oatmeal Day celebrated? 

National Oatmeal Day is annually celebrated on October 29th in US. 

2. Is it okay to eat oatmeal everyday? 

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!

3. How good is oatmeal for the body? 

Oatmeal is one of the healthiest grains on earth. They’re gluten free, rich in antioxidants, and help you lose weight, lower your blood sugar, and reduce risks of heart disease.

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