Is there gluten in oatmeal?
Is Oatmeal Gluten-Free - Does Oatmeal Contain Gluten
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** Is oatmeal gluten-free, or does it contain gluten? **
By Jane Anderson, About.com Guide
Updated March 13, 2013
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*Question: *Is oatmeal gluten-free, or does it contain gluten?
Pure oatmeal does not contain gluten. However, most oatmeal brands on the
market today are not pure they contain oats that have been
cross-contaminated with a tiny bit of wheat, barley and/or rye. Since those
grains /do/ have gluten in them, that cross-contamination makes most
oatmeal brands unsafe on the gluten-free diet.
For example, Quaker Oats states on its website that it cannot guarantee its
oatmeal is gluten-free.
It's possible to grow pure oats, and companies selling certified
gluten-free oatmeal are using oats that do not have any gluten
cross-contamination. Those should be safe for the majority of people with
celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity.
· For more on this, see: I can't eat gluten. Should I try oats?
-So Which Brands Are Safe?-
Fortunately for those who can tolerate oats, there are a variety of
different gluten-free-certified oatmeals on the market:
* Bob's Red Mill* produces three different types of gluten-free oatmeal,
including quick-cooking oats, rolled oats and steel-cut oats. Bob's tests
for gluten down to 20 parts per million. Make sure you purchase only
gluten-free labeled oatmeal Bob's has several that are /not/
* GF Harvest* is a celiac family-owned
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