5 Fun facts about oatmeal

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January is National Oatmeal Month. To celebrate, here are five fun facts about oatmeal.
National Oatmeal Month is coming up in January. Considering that is a pretty chilly time for much of the country, oatmeal is the perfect way to start your day. To celebrate, we came up with five interesting things about oatmeal, you might not know.

1. Oatmeal Food Carts

It’s true! The food cart craze now includes ones wholly devoted to making oatmeal. Bloop [http://bloopoatmeal.blogspot.com/] , a food cart in Portland, Oregon, serves up hot oatmeal every weekday morning in fun flavors like Peanut Butter Banana Dreams and Good For You Goodness.

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2. Championship Oatmeal

There are competitions for pretty much everything these days, right? Well, that includes oatmeal. The World Porridge Making Championship draws oatmeal-lovers from all over...and even the folks at Bob’s Red Mill get into the act, heading to Scotland to compete.

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3. Know the Oat Types

There are several types of oatmeal. Rolled oats are oats that have been steamed and flattened, and they generally cook in 15 minutes or less. They are good for baking, but instant oats aren’t. Instant oats are rolled oats that are precooked and dried, so they cook almost instantly and are too soft and gooey for baking. Steel-cut oats are not rolled. Instead, the grains are cut into a couple of pieces and left whole. This chewy-textured version of oatmeal takes 30 minutes or more to cook.

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4. Just Say Neigh

According to "The New Food Lover’s Companion," a 1755 dictionary that specified that oats were a grain for horses in England, but were served to people in Scotland. The oats that horses eat don’t go through the same process as the ones humans do—for humans, they are cleaned, toasted, hulled, and more before being cooked and eaten.

>>>Get the facts about Scotch oats or Irish Oatmeal

5. Forget Pasta

You may have heard the term carb loading, which refers to athletes eating a lot of carbs before sporting events to ensure that their energy keeps up all day. Well, according to Bob’s Red Mill, some competitors in the sport of cyclocross (mountain biking, road biking, and BMX racing) are turning to steel-cut oats for that carb loading pre-training and pre-racing day.

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