you all know oats have always been a questionable food item
in the world of Celiacs. In fact, as I rattle off the
explanation of disallowed foods on the gluten-free diet, I
always include oats
."No wheat, rye, oats or barley".
But now it appears things are changing.
The problem with oats has really been cross-contamination
more than harmful gluten. It is said that only a very small
segment of the gluten intolerant community has a true problem
with any oats. Most Celiacs have very little problems
with oats, in and of themselves. As mentioned, the big problem
has been with a very high risk of cross contamination from
the big culprits; wheat, rye, and barley. The problem starts
in the fields with residual contaminating plants that are
there because of remnant grain in the field from a pervious
year or unclean seeding equipment that was used to plant this
years oat crop. The next opportunities for cross contamination
are in the harvesting and transportation equipment. So whats
this all mean? Well, it means that oats could and would be
safe if properly grown, harvested and transported in a gluten-free
environment. And the good news is someone is now doing just
of Nature, Inc. has aligned with a small grower cooperative
that is operated under a Gluten-Free production protocol.
This protocol starts with field preparation, seeding and harvesting
with clean, dedicated equipment as well as transportation
in dedicated grain tote bags. When the harvest is complete
each lot of oats is Elisa tested and then rolled in a cold
roll process. This method does not require steam or drying
and thereby retains all the natural oat flavor and nutrition.
The rolled oats are then bagged and shipped to Gifts of Natures
dedicated gluten-free facility where they are again tested
for gluten content before being placed into retail packages
and shipped to customers across the country. Gifts of Natures
oats have been certified gluten-free by the Gluten-Free Certification
Organization. This certification includes an on-site inspection
of facilities, testing of ingredients for gluten content,
evaluation of company policies and procedures and on-going
inspections as well as random sampling and testing of packaged
product from the retail shelves.
Gifts of Nature Certified Gluten-free Rolled
Oats are an old fashioned style oat which means they are a
little thicker and require a slightly longer cook time when
preparing hot cereal but require no cooking adjustment for
other items like cookies.
To find out more about gluten-free oats
and Gifts of Nature, Inc. you can visit www.giftsofnature.net.