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Celebrating World Oatmeal Day

What is World Oatmeal Day, and what’s the significance of this celebration? In case you didn’t know, oatmeal is one of the world’s healthiest grains, and imagine what this grain can do for your overall health.

World Oatmeal Day is celebrated every 29th of October, honoring this popular food among health-conscious individuals. Although not many of us are aware of this celebration, an entire day was devoted to promoting the great benefits of this healthy breakfast. It is one of America's favorite breakfast dishes, so it's fitting to dedicate a day to it.

Eight pieces of oatmeal cookies on a chop board

History of Oatmeal

Oatmeal has a long and rich history in Vermont, dating back to the Scottish colony. The Scots have consumed oatmeal for ages; the grain grows well in that region due to the low temperatures and high humidity. Despite the various variations, most oatmeal recipes start with steel-cut oats. 

They soaked the oats in cold water with salt and maple syrup overnight. The next morning, the cook would add ground nutmeg, cinnamon, and, on occasion, ginger. The pot was then placed on the stove and simmered for around 90 minutes. Finally, the oatmeal was served hot and steaming, accompanied by cream, milk, or butter. 

Why Oatmeal Deserves a Holiday

Oats are one of the healthiest grains in the world. It's one of the few comfort foods that's both healthy and delicious. Oatmeal and oats have numerous health benefits. Here are more health benefits of eating oatmeal: 

Provides antioxidants. The most abundant antioxidants in oat are vitamin E (tocols), phytic acid, phenolic compounds, and avenanthramides, with flavonoids and sterols also present. These antioxidants are contained in the kernel's outermost layer. These compounds may help lower blood pressure and provide additional benefits.

Aids with weight management. Eating full meals may assist you with eating fewer calories and losing weight. The beta-glucan in oatmeal may boost your feeling of fullness by delaying the time it takes your stomach to empty.

It eases constipation. Oats include beta-glucan, a type of soluble fiber that aids digestion, cholesterol, and other functions. Depending on the amount consumed, soluble fiber might induce gas and bloating in certain people.

It relieves skin itching and irritation. Hydrolyzed oatmeal baths can help treat eczema's dry, itchy, and irritated skin. Granular oatmeal can be purchased or made from normal oatmeal. However, consult your doctor to ensure that oatmeal will not irritate your skin.

It can help with blood sugar control. When combined with a healthy diet, oats are high in soluble fiber and have been demonstrated to decrease blood pressure dramatically. A serving of plain oats is enough to lower blood pressure by 12 points in just a few weeks.

A healthy serving of oatmeal breakfast with milk and fruits

How to Observe National Oatmeal Day

Make yourself some oatmeal.

To fully participate in Oatmeal Day celebrations, now is the time to create some special oatmeal. Experiment with different toppings, try something new, or challenge yourself to make oatmeal that you've been wanting to try for a long time. Surprise yourself with new favorites.

Feed the neighbor. 

Host a party or a feeding program for the neighborhood and make various classic oatmeal dishes. Distribute oatmeal to children at school or on your street and join in the celebration. It's more delightful to celebrate with friends and others who share your oatmeal love.

Share a recipe.

Share your recipe with your friends by posting it online. You may come across people who have the same recipe as you and can learn more from them as well as discover new ways to make your oatmeal more delicious.

Key Takeaways

World Oatmeal Day is the perfect time to indulge in all of America's favorite breakfast foods rather than just oatmeal. One dish of oatmeal is always a really wholesome breakfast option. 

It is one of the world's healthiest grains, offers significant health advantages. They lower blood sugar, help you lose weight, reduce your chances of heart disease, and are gluten-free and high in antioxidants.

Oatmeal presents itself as a fantastic comfort food at the time of year when cold weather is approaching. It is cost-effective and a great staple food. They should be honored every day of the year, especially on World Oatmeal Day.

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