Hi, Andrew Cordova here for GFMagazine. Today I’m going to talk about oats and the current gluten-free status. I’ll also be sharing some gluten test results which I performed with a glutentox home test kit.
So the reason that I’m talking about oats today is because I was recently in an email conversation with one of my subscribers and she asked if I could test the Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Oats for gluten. When I asked her why, she said it was because she recently found out that Quaker Oats had gluten in them and that’s what she usually eats for breakfast. And she was still feeling sick after eating the Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Oats.
I have personally tested Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Oats before for gluten and I sent her over a video of the test and told her. Most likely, what could be going on is that you have an issue with oats. Some people that need to be gluten-free also have issues with oats. It’s nothing to do with the actual oat, it’s just that some people don’t tolerate oats. If that’s you, I would say stop eating the oats.
And to touch on the Quaker Oats subject, tons of people that are brand new to being gluten-free may not think that Quaker Oats are not gluten-free. If you look at the label, it doesn’t say wheat, it doesn’t say barley, it doesn’t say rye, it doesn’t say gluten, it doesn’t say anything about cross-contamination. Unfortunately, oats are one of the most likely to be cross-contaminated grains in the grain family.
Don’t get me wrong. If you had an oats stock in your backyard, those oats would be gluten-free. Unfortunately, nowadays, oats are not grown in people’s backyards. They’re grown by huge corporations.
And right on the Quaker website, if you head on over there and go to the FAQ section, they talk about the gluten in their oats. They talk about the two reasons why none of their products are gluten-free unless specifically labeled gluten-free.
The first reason why is their supplier also grows wheat, barley, rye and other gluten-containing grains on the same fields that they grow the oats. So how convenient is that? I’m pretty sure they’re doing that to save money.
The second reason why that they give was because the supplier that transports the oats and manufactures them or processes them also processes and transports other gluten-containing grains, so for the chance for cross-contamination is very high. They even go on to say that they can’t promise that there’s not going to be particles of the gluten thing grains in your oatmeal or in your oats. So nothing from Quaker Oats is gluten-free unless specifically labeled gluten-free.
Even some of their rice cakes are not gluten-free. So make sure you’re not picking up rice cake that is not specifically labeled gluten-free.
Actually right after this video, I will show you a test of me testing Quaker Oats at 20 parts per million twice. What I did was I picked up a package of Quaker Oats, tested it twice from two different samples, two different tests. They both tested positive for gluten at 20 parts per million.
So Quaker Oats are never safe. Don’t try to save a dime and purchase Quaker Oats instead of gluten-free oats or something like that. It’s not very smart.
If there’s any products or ingredients or anything that you’d like for me to test that might contain gluten or you’re just suspicious of or you would like to know, I would like to know what you would like to know. Let me know in the comments section and I just might test it using one of my glutentox home test kits.
What you see in front of you is me doing or performing two different gluten tests. I’m testing two different samples from the same package of Quaker Oats old-fashion oats. I’m performing this test for anyone that’s wondering are oats gluten-free, specifically Quaker Oats. The short answer is no, they are not gluten-free. Unless they are certified gluten-free, they will not be gluten-free.
I wanted to perform this test and show it to you to prove that oats are in fact not gluten-free if they’re not certified. I think this is pretty important because I’ve read across the Internet a bunch of times people asking, “Oh, are Quaker Oats gluten-free? It doesn’t say gluten-free, but there’s no other warnings on the label.” So I wanted to perform this test to show people that it is indeed not gluten-free and it’s not safe.
So here we go. Here’s the video right now. The picture on your right-hand corner, that’s a picture of a blue line and a pink line signifying a positive test result for gluten at 20 parts per million, so it’s not gluten-free.
What the heck! I wanted to just make this really clear and tested a second time. The lighting is not that good on this one. I recorded this at night, and I forgot to change the light settings. But it’s so clear and obvious that the oats are going to be not gluten-free. If you just wait a few seconds you’ll see the test to prove that again the blue and the pink line together showed that it’s a positive result, so it’s not gluten-free.
So if you ever meet anyone and they say, “Oh, no. Oats are gluten-free,” tell them, “No, I saw this video online, Andrew Cordova from GFmagazine.com tested Quaker Oats and they were not gluten-free.”
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