For those who love #oatmeal, here is a very good reason to eat a bowl of it on Sunday, October 29. It is #National Oatmeal Day. It is the day people all over the country join in with others to celebrate it. The food is not only good, but it is also good for you. Most people think oatmeal is a breakfast food. That is true, but oatmeal is such a healthy and versatile food that it can be eaten any time of the day. For instance, there are oatmeal cookies that can be eaten as a snack.

About oatmeal

Over 40 different studies indicate that some people eat oatmeal every day. They learned very early the health benefits of eating the food.

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They acquired the habit of eating it because it fills them up very quickly and gives them energy. They know that if they eat a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast, it will keep them full until lunchtime. That's because it is a good source of protein, carbohydrates, and iron.

Oatmeal is low in calories and low in fat. Besides, it contains minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. When people eat it every day or very often, it lowers their blood cholesterol because of its fiber. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concluded in 1997 that oatmeal could lower the risk of heart disease especially when it is combined with a low-fat diet. Another good thing about oatmeal is that it helps boost endurance if eaten about three hours before exercising.

Conveniences

Oatmeal is quick and easy to prepare especially for people who are rushing to get out of the house in the mornings.

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It takes only about five minutes to cook. Put salt in water and bring to a boil. Stir in the oats, reduce heat and simmer. Stir occasionally and remove the pan from the heat. Add fruits such as strawberries, peaches, bananas, or blueberries like in the picture above.

You could add raisins or top with cinnamon. If you want a crunchy taste, add walnuts or other nuts. Some favorite toppings also include brown sugar and granola. Diabetics have reported that they mix peanut butter into their oatmeal to keep their blood sugar at a lower level.

Some people like to cook their own oatmeal from scratch, but there are even more convenient ways which also give people a variety. You can purchase packages of different flavors of oatmeal which require only boiling water to make a serving for one. This is especially nice for children who often want a flavor that is different from the rest of the family.

No matter how you eat your oatmeal on National Oatmeal Day, enjoy it and know that you are celebrating with others in the United States who love the #cereal just as much as you do.