Oatmeal is a type of coarse flour made of hulled oat grains that have either been milled, steel-cut, or rolled.
Oatmeal is used as a thickening agent in thick, savoury Arabic or Egyptian meat-and-vegetable soups, and sometimes as a way of adding relatively low-cost fibre and nutritional content to meatloaf. It is an ingredient in many baked goods
Oatmeal and other oat products were the subject of a 1997 ruling by the FDA that consuming oat bran or whole rolled oats can lower the risk of heart disease when combined with a low-fat diet via the effect of oat beta-glucan to reduce levels of blood cholesterol. A similar conclusion was reached in 2010 by the European Food Safety Authority.