U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for January 28

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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.