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Oat has been considered for long time and inexplicably an unpleasant cereal in the different cultures.
For the Ancient Romans, keen on barley and spelt, it was just a grown over plant good at most as fodder for horses. In the Dictionary of the English Language in 1755, Samuel Johnson defined it with a bit of disdain “a cereal that in London is generally given to horses, but in Scotland is used even for the human sustenance”.
It was considered “the grass of devil” in France because in a fairy-tail is told that God in Eden designed wheat, rye and barley for men to feed them, leaving the oat to the devil. Echoes of dislike wind up, eventually, in the Italian popular tradition where a proverb speaks out: “the oat makes not rise, even if it’s sowed in Heaven”.
Only today we assist to the social release of this cereal considered one of the most healthy for the human organism.