Are you purchasing any one of these 6 certified gluten-free oat brands? Not all oats are safe for those with Celiac Disease. You need to make sure that your oats are certified gluten-free.
Oats are naturally gluten-free. Yet, conventional oats are known to be contaminated with gluten-containing grains. Those with Celiac Disease need to make sure that they make sure to purchase only gluten-free oats and oat containing products.
I’ve previously discussed the gluten-free status of oats and examined the safety of it among those with gluten-related disorders. In this blog post, I’d like to introduce you to 6 certified gluten-free oats brands (not sponsored/affiliated post).
What type of oats are not gluten-free?
- Conventional oats and oat containing products are not gluten-free.
How to identify gluten-free oats?
Manufacturers in the United States have to abide by the FDA’s definition of gluten-free for any product that claims “gluten-free” and/or its synonyms. This means that manufacturers have to ensure that the final products have less than 20 ppm of gluten.
Oats are known to be a high-risk product for potential contamination with gluten. Under the FDA’s definition of gluten-free oats do not have to be certified gluten-free to be labeled gluten-free. And this is concerning because manufacturers are not required to test the initial ingredients and/ or final gluten concentration of their products.
What are the three types of gluten-free oats?
- Gluten-Free Oats: are required to meet the FDA’s regulation of gluten-free. The final product must contain less than 20 ppm of gluten.
- Certified Gluten-Free Oats: are certified by a third-party organization to ensure that effective quality measures have been taken throughout the process of manufacturing to ensure the gluten-free status of the final product is met.
- Purity Protocol: are oats that have been grown, harvested, transported, and manufacturers in ways that prevent the contamination of oats with gluten-containing grains. However, it’s important to note that there is no universally accepted definition of “purity protocol” (2).
Which brand of oats are certified gluten-free?
All of these brands are certified gluten-free by the third-party organization Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO). GFCO has strict regulations for manufacturers to ensure that the final product contains less than 10 ppm of gluten.
- ALDI is an international supermarket chain located in 19 countries. Live G Free Brand has varieties of gluten-free oats including quick cook oats and traditional oats. You can find them at a local store near you.
- Augason Farms is an online-based family-run survival food company that was started in 1972. They have their own brand of 32 ounce gluten-free rolled oats.
- Arrowhead Mills is a well-known baking brand that offers gluten-free baking products. They have including steel cut oats and instant quinoa/oat cereal. You can find them online on Amazon and//or at a local store near you.
- GF Harvest is an online-based manufacturer of purity-protocol gluten-free oats. They have to varieties that include quick cooking oats and rolled oats.
- Only Oats was founded in 2008 by Canadian oat growers who wanted to ensure that patient’s with Celiac Disease had a safe-source of gluten-free oats. These purity-protocol gluten-free oats quick oats, rolled oats and steel cut oats.
- Thrive Market is an American online membership based retailer with the aim to provide “highest quality, healthy, and sustainable products available for every budget, lifestyle, and geography.” They have their own brand of 32 ounce gluten-free rolled oats.
Remember that not everyone with Non-Celiac Disease Sensitivity and/or Celiac Disease tolerates gluten-free oats. Consult your health care providers (gastroenterologist and/or dietitian) if you suspect that you are intolerant to gluten-free oats. Individual variability to gluten-free oats exist.
How do you enjoy gluten-free oats (if you tolerate them)?
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- Allred, Laura K., et al. “Definition of the ‘Purity Protocol’ for Producing Gluten-Free Oats.” Cereal Chemistry Journal, vol. 94, no. 3, 2017, pp. 377–379., doi:10.1094/cchem-01-17-0017-vo.