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Oat & Oatmeal

Oats & Oatmeal

Oat is an important crop world wide, with production at approximately 25 million tonnes. Canada is a major supplier of oat, making up the majority of world oat trade. Oat and other small grain cereals were introduced to the Prairies in the mid-1700s. Oat was an important feed crop for early settlers in Western Canada.

Canada produces about 3 million acres of oats annually, making Oats (Avena sativa L.) the third most widely grown cereal crop in Canada, behind wheat and barley. Although oat has wide adaptation and can be grown across Canada, it is best adapted to moist fertile environments and is not widely grown in the drier regions of the prairies. Oat was an important feed crop for the early settlers on the prairies, who used horses as the main source of power for farming and transportation. Over the years, several factors have contributed to the relative importance of oat compared to other grain crops: size and makeup of the livestock industry, popularity and value of pulse and oilseed crops, and an increased interest in oat in the human food market.

Oat production acres show a slight upward trend in harvested acres in the most recent twenty-year period. This trend is attributable to increased demand from the United States food market, and to an increasing demand in the livestock market, including the recreation horse feed market.

Oats can be used as a feed for livestock but are also as an important food ingredient.  Oats are known to be a functional food and provide a specific nutritional and health benefit. The beta-glucan in oat, which is a form of soluble dietary fibre, is reported to lower blood cholesterol and possess anti-oxidant attributes. In addition to the conventional markets for oat and the increasing interest in its functional food properties, niche markets are developing for the hog and cattle industries.


Oatmeal is a breakfast food made from oats and liquid like water or milk. Many foods fall in and out of favor as health trends come and go. Not oatmeal. This whole-grain powerhouse has been packing serious nutrition and hearty flavor into breakfast for generations. It’s one of the few comfort foods that’s as good for you as it is just plain good.

Oatmeal Benefits

Oatmeal’s claim to fame is its proven ability to lower bad (LDLcholesterol. Chalk that up to a type of soluble fiber called beta glucan.
Eating oats is linked to an average 7% drop in LDL cholesterol, research shows. Many other things also affect your heart‘s health (like what else you eat, how active you are, and whether you smoke), but oatmeal is a simple heart-smart start. Oatmeal also:

  • Lowers blood sugar levels
  • Provides antioxidants
  • Promotes healthy bacteria in your gut
  • Helps you to feel full to manage your weight
  • Eases constipation
  • Relieves skin itching and irritation
  • Lowers your chance of colon cancer