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Quaker Oats Launches Gluten-free Products 01/06/2016 - Quaker Oats is launching new, gluten-free versions of several products, including 18 oz. Quaker Quick 1-Minute Oats and Quaker Instant Oatmeal in both 10-count Original and 8-count Maple & Brown Sugar flavors. All Quaker Gluten Free Oats meet the 20 PPM standard set by the FDA.

Photo: CC--amber.kennedyThe announcement is good news for fans of gluten-free foods, and great news for people with celiac disease who find oats to be a healthy part of a gluten-free diet.

One thing to remember is that most people tolerate oats just fine, but if you’re not used to eating high fiber foods, you may want to start slow and see how your body adjusts to oats in your diet.

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Also, about 8-10% of people with celiac disease also seem to have a sensitivity to oats. If you are one of these people, oat products, even gluten-free, might not be right for you, so monitor the situation and do what’s right for you.

For everyone else, gluten-free oats offer a great way to get healthy fiber into the diet, and Quaker’s ready availability makes that decision even easier.

Are you excited about gluten-free Quaker Oats products? welcomes your comments below (registration is NOT required).

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06 Jan 2016 9:07:00 AM PDT
Of course we need to be careful about these. Quaker is using a "sorting process" - not oats produced to be gluten-free. As we have seen with Cheerios, this process seems to have some issues. Would be nice to hear how they are testing to be certain the level of gluten is less than 20 ppm.

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09 Jan 2016 7:12:04 PM PDT
Note that you are referring to an accident that happened at a plant that makes Cheerios, and then a voluntary recall that was conducted by GM after they discovered it--not to any incident where the detection of gluten over 20ppm has ever been found in any box of gluten-free Cheerios. To date, there hasn't been a single box that has tested over 20ppm.

Gail Levine
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11 Jan 2016 6:25:17 PM PDT
Individual boxes of Cheerios were not tested. A large amount of boxes were combined and a sample from that was tested. The ppm was an average, which means there may have been boxes that had more than 20 ppm. There was no way of knowing.

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11 Jan 2016 12:08:00 PM PDT
Please see the quote in the article: "All Quaker Gluten Free Oats meet the 20 PPM standard set by the FDA."

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11 Jan 2016 9:17:14 AM PDT
General Mills was the first - but they discontinued due to spotty sales. Let's hope Quaker does better - but I trusted General Mills to do a good job - and I was disappointed when they discontinued the product.

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11 Jan 2016 9:29:55 AM PDT
Good News! I will definitely buy it.

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11 Jan 2016 2:58:31 PM PDT
Will regular (not Quick) oats be GF?

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11 Jan 2016 3:47:21 PM PDT
The gluten-free world has just gotten even more difficult to navigate. 20 ppm isn't good enough.

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16 Jan 2016 8:12:34 AM PDT
I completely agree.

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11 Jan 2016 5:41:32 PM PDT
GMO's are just as bad in my opinion and their products are defiantly not GMO free products. Celiac does enough of a number on my body. I wouldn't touch this product.

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11 Jan 2016 7:09:19 PM PDT
I am one of the small percentage of celiacs that cannot eat oats. In fact, I was told don't even bother with an epi pen because if oats ever gets into my system again it will kill me and the epi pen won't help. I was diagnosed on 1-6-2012. I just hit the 4 year mark of battling the disease last week. None of the doctors told me to stay away from oats when I was diagnosed. I really wish they would have because eating them almost killed me. On April 28, 2012 I ate a gluten free oat bread sandwich. About thirty minutes later I felt a pain like a knife being jabbed straight down onto the top of my left shoulder. It knocked me to my knees. The pain raced all over my body after that and I went into full blown anaphylaxis. Oats digests into a very similar protein as wheat does. Gluten is the protein gliadin. Less than 1% of Celiacs have bodies that recognize oats just like it is gliadin or gluten, except it can cause anaphylaxis. I suffered the most horrific pain I have ever known for that entire day. By that evening I was having a hard time breathing. Around 11:30 I went into anaphylactic shock, I felt my chest get extremely tight, and I stopped breathing. I survived by the Grace of God as I cried out to Jesus just before my last breath. My doctors said I was the worst case of Celiac they had ever seen. I use to weigh 168 pounds and now I weigh 135 on a good week. I am 6 foot 1 and 37 years old. I am skin and bones and I have suffered incredible pain and misery. The villi in my small intestine are damaged and I now battle Cachexia also known as wasting syndrome. Not every Celiac is as severe as me, but please, please, please warn Celiacs to stay away from oats. It could save somebody's life. After fighting back for the last four years, I can say I am healthier now than I have ever been, but I will deal with the damage Celiac left me with for the rest of my life. I eat a lot of amazing food now and I'm not in pain anymore. I just can't gain weight because of the villi issue. I am just very thankful to be alive and I will never ever ever eat oats again.

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12 Jan 2016 7:45:24 AM PDT
Glad to see you mentioned that many celiac folks also have an auto-immune reaction to avedin (the protein in oats). However, it impossible to be absolutely sure one is not having autoimmune reactions without laboratory testing. Celiac disease is often call a silent disease because it is so hard to identify as the cause of a person's symptoms. Since Avedin is prompting the same reaction in 10% of celiacs, I do not see why we should think we will always know when we react to oats. Given the dangers of autoimmune disease, I choose not to eat oats at all.

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12 Jan 2016 12:13:22 PM PDT
Oh Yeah! I was so sad to see Chex Instant Oatmeal discontinued. It is nice to have a quick GF breakfast for the kids sometimes. I hope this one is good. I am looking forward to trying it.

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12 Jan 2016 5:04:06 PM PDT
This is not a comment on the product but just to say I am one of the celiacs that cannot eat oats. My doctors told me it was OK to eat GF oats occasionally and the few times I did (on rare occasions) I developed dermatitis herpetiformis. I quickly put two-and-two together and stopped eating oats. No oats, no DH. I do miss them.....

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12 Jan 2016 9:34:43 PM PDT
I can not eat oats at all. I purchased a product that did not have Oats in it prior. I was wondering why I was having stomach cramps and living in the bathroom again. After going over what I had eaten; I re-read the ingredients and found cats were introduced. I had to throw the box out. I am hoping that all companies won't jump on the bandwagon to push Oats in all the food. I am a diagnosed celiac.

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16 Jan 2016 8:42:50 PM PDT
As a celiac myself, I to go into shock being extremely sensitive to gluten.
The disease itself was slowly killing me until diagnosed but it has damaged my vital organs inside.
Liver disease, thyroid disease, chronic fatigue and diabetes. Never had these issues before.
I must get to the emergency room when not knowing I ingested gluten.
However I have tried the Quaker oats with no side affects. So far so good.

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It took me 20 years or more Barry so I wouldn't claim any great insight on this I had a 'eureka' moment, up until then I was walking around with multiple symptoms and not connecting any dots whatsoever. It is very, very difficult to diagnose and that's something that's reflected in so many of the experiences detailed here. A food diary may help in your case. It helped me to connect the gaps between eating and onset. It could help you to track any gluten sources should you go gluten free. It is possible for your reactions to change over time. As to whether its celiac, that's something you could explore with your doctor, stay on gluten if you choose to go that way. best of luck! Matt

I took Zoloft once. Loved it until it triggered microscopic colitis (colonoscopy diagnosed it). Lexapro did the same. However, I have a family member who is fiagnosed celiac and tolerates Celexa well.

Thanks for the update and welcome to the club you never wanted to join! ?

Jmg, I am glad you were able to come to the realisation that the culprit was in fact gluten. For me its not so simple. IBS runs in the family, as do several food intolerances. Its just in the last while that I can finally reach the conclusion that for me its gluten. The fact that it is a delayed effect-several hours after, made it harder. Friday I had some KFC, felt great. Saturday evening felt sleepy, Sunday felt awful and my belly was huge. I think I have gone from mildly sensitive to full blown celiac over the course of five years-if that possible. Thanks for all your help.

I thought I'd take a moment to provide an update, given how much lurking I've done on these forums the last year. It took a long time, but I've since had another gastroenterologist visit, many months of eating tons of bread, and an endoscopy where they took several biopsies. I have to say, the endoscopy was a super quick and efficient experience. During the procedure they let me know that it looked somewhat suspicious, causing them to take many biopsies, and then did comprehensive blood work. About a month later, I received a call telling me that the TTG came back positive a second time, and that the biopsies were a mix of negative (normal) results and some that were positive (showing blunting of the villi). As a result, I've been given a celiac diagnosis. It's been about a month now that I've been eating gluten free. Not sure if I'm really feeling all that different yet. It's a bit twisted to say, but in some way I was hoping for this diagnosis ? thinking how nice it would be to have an explanation, a plan of action, and feeling better. It's certainly no small change to be totally gluten free, but I'm hopeful.