Get email alerts Get E-mail Alerts Sponsor: Sponsor:

Ads by Google:

   Get email alerts  Subscribe to FREE email alerts

Quaker Oatmeal

4 posts in this topic

I know that eating oats is considered a gray area, but for those who eat oats, is Quaker Oatmeal considered gluten-free? I've heard mixed reports. More specifically, I'm trying to figure out if the Instant Packets (Maple & Brown Sugar, Regular) are safe. Thanks.


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Ads by Google:

Quaker oats is not a safe option. Their products are contaminated with gluten grains. This is from the Quaker Oats website

Do oats contain gluten?

Because oats are grown, stored, transported in bulk, they may contain trace amounts of wheat, rye and barley. USDA grain standards allow a certain percentage of other grains to be present in the oats. Therefore, gluten may be found in oats, even if very small amounts of these other grains are present.

It is now believed that most celiacs can tolerate some pure, uncomtaminated oats. Oats contain the protein avenin, which is technically different from the gluten in wheat, barley and rye. It is the gliadin in the wheat, the horedin in the barley, and the secalin in the rye that are the real culprits for celiacs. Avenin in oats causes some celiacs problems, but not all. There is a small subset of celiacs that cannot tolerate oats in any form, gluten-free or not.

Mainstream products that contain oats are not safe due to gluten contamination in the growing, storing and processing. At this point there are 4 manufacturers of gluten-free oats, see the links below.

Bob's Red Mill

Gifts Of Nature

Creamhill Estates

You should not consider oats until you have been dianosed for a year and have had your followup bloodwork done (according to my GI). Your antibodies should be in the negative range before you even try, and you should definitely discuss it with your doctor first. Many celiacs will not even chance it, and I totally respect their decision.



Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

I live in the midwest, for the most part we grow corn (for ethanol and consumption for cattle), wheat, potato, sugar beets and sunflowers (birdfood) in my area. 90% or more of the potato's are bought by a chip company. The sugar beets are sent to the local sugar factory. The remainder is all harvested pretty much by the same machines.

The most common one is a "combine" which cuts and "deheads" the desired product and then spits it out into either a holding trailer or into the waiting truck to be hauled to the storage facility.

Lets say "Farmer Joe" grows corn, wheat and sunflowers on his land...

FJ cant afford a combine himself so he hires "Harvester Bob" from Texas to harvest his products for him.

HB shows up with his equipment and harvests the wheat... he returns a few weeks later and down goes the corn. A couple more weeks and the sunflowers are ready. Pretty simple right. 98% of the time HB uses the same basic machine (combine)... he only has to switch out the cutting head to go from one product to another. Did he clean the basic machine? Was it inspected for stray kernels of wheat, corn or sunflower seeds? Or did he simply drop off one head and throw the next one on?

My personal opinion, if its not gar-un-teed to be 100% gluten-free I will not use the product, is that one bowl of Quaker oats worth the week or more of the suffering when the symptoms return?

I personally have found bobs red mill hot cereal is a very close match for oatmeal, no its not the same but it is gar-un-teed 100% gluten-free which puts it good enough for me. If it ever becomes not enough I will pay the price asked by the organic gar-un-teed places that say they are 100% gluten-free.


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

that's really interesting....i never thought about harvesting in such a nuts & bolts kind of way. veeerrryy interestin-g.


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Forum Statistics

    • Total Topics
    • Total Posts
  • Topics

  • Posts

    • I was told by one of my customers at a farmers market I should see about getting a government grant, to expand my gluten free snack line and get a trailer to sell seeds, candied nuts, almond butters, and gluten-free granola at events. Being on a tight budget as is, and selling this stuff so I can afford my own consumption of food is hard enough. So needless to say this idea of getting the trailer on a grant and living my dream of providing gluten-free snacks to others to make life easier for them and being able to set up at events, is very enticing. Now how would I go about doing this is my problem....due to the ataxia and brain damage I have looking at and trying to understand the numbers and legal mumbo jumbo is like trying to read a alien language. Can someone simplify this for me and tell me if it is a good idea or just another dream.
    • Your future has not been taken away.  You just have to be very careful eating out.  I have a handful of restaurants that I trust to cook my food correctly.  I ask a billion questions too (speak with a manager, ask if food is prepared in it's own dedicated facility and if they have dedicated fryers, ask about the workers and the sanitation practices)  If you don't feel comfortable eating after getting answers, then don't eat.  I've been in several social situations with family, friends and work where I've had to settle for a glass of wine.  I will explain why I can't partake if asked.  Honestly the only time I eat out is when I know that it's safe, I'll take my food on trips away from home, or I'll eat before going out with friends/family. As far as the kissing thing you mentioned.  My husband is understanding.  He'll make sure that his mouth is clean, brushed teeth and if he has a doubt he'll kiss my cheek.  It's really not the end of the world, it might feel like it, but it'll get better...  My daughter is 13.  She hasn't had her first kiss, she knows that she'll have to tell whoever it is about her disease.  If it's someone worth having, they will stick around.  Think about it as a way to weed out the bad ones  ...   
    • I see - it's reassuring to know I'm not the only who who's reacted badly to it! Thank you for your advice, it's much appreciated. It can get pretty frustrating but I understand it just takes time.
    • Going private no problem with getting the tests now, adds financial pain to the physical pain but better than 6 month waiting list on the national health service. Just feels like a lot of pain and aggravation to tell me what I already know deep down. Feels like my whole future has been taken away with this and I have a feeling I haven't even seen the half of it yet. Doctor seems to be very relaxed on the concept of needing to worry about cross reactivity, gluten paranoia when eating out etc. yet it seems to be the case for most on there that that's exactly how it is for so many people. Someone tell me I'm wrong... or is that really what life becomes in the cold harsh reality of things?
    • It took me years to be diagnosed.  I've been misdiagnosed with several different things and knew that there was more to it.  I requested to have an egd to test for Celiac's two years ago, my doctor never called me back so I went low gluten from then on.  I still felt like hell because I didn't realize that "everything" has gluten in it....  My daughter became ill back in March.  I went to several different doctors trying to figure out what was causing her to be ill.  Our family doctor said she had gallstones, wanted to immediately do surgery on her.  I refused since she didn't fit the typical signs of a child with gallstones.  I requested a pediatric surgeon and then a pediatric gi dr.  The surgeon was smart enough to say maybe ask the gi dr to test for celiac disease....  Then it clicked.  I was so angry and mad at myself and my dr for not listening to my body for the past several years. Her blood test was negative, but the biopsy was positive.  She went on the gluten free diet.  I then said I wanted to be formally tested.  Blood test was negative, biopsy was positive and they ran the genetic screening.  I am a DQ2 homozygous, cat 8.  My doctor apologized to me over and over.   I have two sons that were tested for their genes, one is a cat 4 and one is a cat 2.  If they start showing signs of the disease they will be tested by way of egd.  Their pediatric gi said that I probably would've died by 40 if I was left undiagnosed.   So in saying all of that, fight for your test.  Listen to your body, but don't stop living.  Use this as a teaching tool.  Help others that don't understand the disease.  It'll be tough but you can do it...
  • Upcoming Events

  • Blog Entries

  • Recent Status Updates

  • Who's Online (See full list)

  • Member Statistics

    • Total Members
    • Most Online

    Newest Member