U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for January 28
Foods come and go in popularity but one seems to stay high on the list when it comes to breakfast — oatmeal, especially in cold weather. In fact, this is Oatmeal Month, set aside to recognize the long-term favorite for its up-to-date health characteristics — low fat, no sodium, and the ability to help lower the risk of heart disease. Oatmeal also fits today's time pressures, since a bowl can be made in seconds in the microwave. And, of course, oatmeal cookies are among the nation's favorites. The US is the world's third largest oat producer — after Russia and Canada. Each year, Americans eat an average of more than 4 1/2 pounds of oats. You can find these and more facts about America from the US Census Bureau, online at census.gov.