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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.

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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.

Terri T.
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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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I believe the talk around this forum is that cheerios are not gluten free enough for people with celiac at this time. I don't know if anything has changed on that and when their lawyer calls me I'll quickly delete this. haha

Could be we generally say get off of dairy for a few months when going gluten free. The part of the intestines that produce the enzymes, and help break down dairy are associated with the tips of the villi, which are the most damaged if not gone in celiacs. THIS is why most of us end up with a lactose intolerance early on. And most can introduce it later after healing. As to her symptoms with it there was a bunch of research about dairy permeated the gut and causing neurological issues in a autism study I was looking at years ago. And there have been other studies about damaged intestines and how the hormones in milk can easier effect ones body. Personally I also have a huge grudge against dairy on a personal level as it is not natural to suck on a cows tits and drink the stuff, nor your dogs, nor a rabbits......I mean come on even Human Breast milk you would find odd to drink as an adult right? Back in the past dairy was a great way to get calories and fats when there was famine, etc around I mean it is meant to make a calf grow into a 500+lb cow. But on a genetic and hormonal level it is not really for human consumption and now days the whole corporate BS propaganda push and dairy farms shove that oh its healthy stuff down your throat. There are plenty of dairy free options for everything feel free to message me if you need help finding anything I have been dairy free for over a decade.

The full celiac panel checks TTG IGA and IGG, DGP IGA and IGG, IGA, EMA as Jmg stated above. Your test included TTG IGA and IGA. If your IGA was low, a low on TTG IGA would be inconclusive. But your IGA is fine. A high on any one test is a positive for celiac and should lead to an endoscopy for confirmation. So I'd get tested for TTG IGG, DGP IGA and IGG and EMA since there are symptoms. Warning I'm not a doc.

I did a gluten challenge for my endoscopy and requested a second blood test after my follow up with the consultant. I never did see those results but my GP said no celiac was indicated: Which left me gluten free for life, that wasn't an option after the challenge, but with a less satisfactory diagnosis, one by omission rather than the definitive 'you're celiac' one I was expecting. Yes! I have been 'properly' glutened on a couple of occasions but on several more I've detected a change or a reaction based on what could only have been trace amounts. NCGS is as yet poorly understood but patients tend to have more neuro symptoms than digestive. That's definitely been my experience, although it was only after going gluten free that I realised quite how many digestive symptoms I had just been living with as 'normal'. Close friends and family get the full explanation. 'I have an auto immune disease similar to 'coeliac etc.' If they stay awake long enough I'll tell them about the less than perfect testing process I went through or the Columbia Med research and the possibility of a blood test soon. They can see the difference between me on gluten and off it so they understand its not all in my head* If I'm ordering food in a restauarant or asking questions about food prep etc I will often just self declare as coeliac - people are aware of that and understand those requests are medical rather than fad diet based. I don't have any problem doing this, I'm not going to claim that and then cheat on dessert for instance and to be honest I expect once the research is complete the two conditions may wind up alongside others as different faces of the same coin. In the meantime I safeguard my health and avoid getting into a detailed conversation about genuine gluten sensitivity versus faux hipster posturing! *apart from the bits which are in my head

I originally had it on my face and scalp. (22 years ago) First biopsy with dermatologist came back as folliculitis. Then when I had a new outbreak on my upper back, she was able to remove a nice clean blister and we got the diagnosis of DH. She started me on Dapsone (100mg/day) and gluten free diet. Now I take 25-50 mg/day. My understanding at the time was that DH was the skin version of Celiac. Did a lot of research on my own. I met Dr. Peter Green at a Gluten free Vendors Fair and he said that a diagnosis of DH IS a diagnosis of Celiac, even if no other symptoms. So I stay gluten-free