WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
SATURDAY, JANUARY 23: OATMEAL
Profile America — Saturday, January 23rd. 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, most people love oatmeal cookies. The U.S. is the world's fourth largest oat producer — after Russia, Canada and Poland, with oats grown on some 46,000 acres of farmland. Each year, Americans eat an average of nearly five pounds of oats. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, now preparing for the 2010 Census on April 1st.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2010, p. 68
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United States
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2009, t. 209
Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look under the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau