Disclaimer: I received samples of this product, but I was not paid to write this post. All opinions are my own, and I only recommend products that I use and love.
There is so much to learn when you’re first diagnosed with celiac disease. As labeling laws and research slowly advance, I feel like there is always more to learn. Gluten free oats remain a hot topic in the community. In a nutshell:
- Not all individuals with celiac disease can tolerate oats.
- Oats are naturally gluten free but are contaminated during growing/harvesting/processing. You must look for oats that are labeled gluten free.
- Many oats labeled gluten free are regular oats that are mechanically/optically sorted to removed the gluten-containing grains.
- Purity protocol gluten free oats are oats that are “produced following steps to control the presence of gluten-containing grain beginning with the seed used for planting” (Gluten Free Watchdog). Though there is no standardized definition of purity protocol, it will often include growing/harvesting oats in a dedicated gluten free field, passing field inspections, and processing in a dedicated facility.
- You normally won’t find the words “purity protocol” on a label. You must do research and inquire with the manufacturer.
- Certified gluten free oats are not synonymous with purity protocol oats. May certified gluten free products use gluten free oats that are mechanically/optically sorted.
- How do we know which oat products use purity protocol oats? Gluten Free Watchdog has a great page about it.
Confused? Personally, I choose to only eat purity protocol gluten free oats.
Gluten Free Prairie is my favorite purity protocol oat company and is run by Deb Wheaton. Among her notable accomplishments, she is on the Celiac Disease Foundation Board of Directors and was awarded the CDF’s highest honor, the Blue Butterfly Award, for her years of service. A portion of the proceeds from Gluten Free Prairie go to the Celiac Disease Foundation for their programs to raise awareness.
Important facts about the Gluten Free Prairie:
- Supports the purity protocol – oats are grown in gluten–free fields then harvested/packaged in a designated gluten–free facility
- Gluten Free Prairie is featured on Gluten Free Watchdog’s list of purity protocol oat companies
- Certified gluten free by the Celiac Spruce Association
- Tests to less than 5ppm
- Non GMO and Certified Kosher
- High in fiber
- Higher in protein than most traditional oats (17-22% compared to 13%)
I’m so happy to have found an oat company I can trust. The taste, quality, safety, the awesome owner – in my opinion, Gluten Free Prairie is the way to go.
Gluten Free Prairie has now introduced a Baker’s Box Baking Gift Set, which contains their Deep Dark Chocolate Brownie Mix (OMG it’s sooooo good, I could eat the whole batch by myself), Pancake & Waffle Mix (excellent!), and the Simply Wholesome All Purpose Flour Blend (makes excellent crepes!). The Bakers Box is available on Amazon.com, and is eligible for free shipping! You could order it toady and have it before Christmas.
GIVEAWAY! One winner will receive a Gluten Free Prairie Baker’s Box Baking Gift Set featuring the Deep Dark Chocolate Brownie Mix, Pancake & Waffle Mix, Simply Wholesome All Purpose Flour Blend, and recipes! Enter via the link below. Continental US residents only. Giveaway ends Tuesday January 2nd at 11:59 EST.
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