By Dawn M. Swidorski
Oatmeal has long been touted as an ideal breakfast. It’s versatile, warm, healthy, sticks to your ribs and tasty. But how much do you really know about the humble oat?
Oats are a hardy cereal grain that probably originated in the Mediterranean region over 2,000 years ago; though the first archeological evidence of cultivation was from a cave in Switzerland. Oats are able to withstand poor soil conditions in which other crops are unable to thrive and so were a good choice for livestock fodder. They later gained popularity in Scotland and England for human consumption.
Oatmeal has been promoted as being good for being low calorie, high in protein and good for lowering cholesterol and blood glucose levels as well as being significant sources of dietary fiber. Studies bear this out. Continue reading