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    Default Are all oats/brands gluten free?

    Are all oats gluten free or should you only buy oats in packages that have the "gluten free" label? Some have said that some factories that produce oats also handle wheat and there is good chance of cross contamination. At my local grocery store I have been buying the store brand of oats which is cheaper than the Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free oats. The store brand doesn't have a "gluten free" label on it. Should I buy the Bob's brand instead if I want to do a gluten free diet?

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    These are the gluten free ones from Bob's Red Mill
    they also come in quick oats or steel cut oats



    MyOatmeal.com also offers tons of gluten free options as well.
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    Most common Latin terms for wheat, barley, and rye can be seen on products containing gluten.


    • Triticum vulgare (wheat)
    • Triticum spelta (wheat)
    • Triticale (wheat and rye blend)
    • Hordeum vulgare (barley)
    • Secale cereale (rye)


    Ingredients that always contain gluten include:


    • Wheat protein/hydrolyzed wheat protein
    • Wheat starch/hydrolyzed wheat starch
    • Wheat flour/bread flour/bleached flour
    • Bulgur (wheat)
    • Malt (barley formed)
    • Couscous (wheat)
    • Farina (wheat)
    • Pasta (wheat unless indicated)
    • Seitan (wheat)
    • Wheat or barley grass (cross contamination potential for oats)


    • Wheat germ oil or extract (cross contaminated potential for oats)


    While not an exhaustive list, it is a good start. Read, read, read.

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    Oats do contain gluten so unless they are labeled GF, they will likely contain gluten. Oats certainly don't to the extent, something like wheat does but its definitely there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolf fan View Post
    Are all oats gluten free or should you only buy oats in packages that have the "gluten free" label? Some have said that some factories that produce oats also handle wheat and there is good chance of cross contamination. At my local grocery store I have been buying the store brand of oats which is cheaper than the Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free oats. The store brand doesn't have a "gluten free" label on it. Should I buy the Bob's brand instead if I want to do a gluten free diet?
    There is no reason to do a gluten free diet unless you've got celiac disease.

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    Quote Originally Posted by data4 View Post
    Oats do contain gluten so unless they are labeled GF, they will likely contain gluten. Oats certainly don't to the extent, something like wheat does but its definitely there.
    Is it possible to use oats as your main carb source pre-contest to diet for a show to get into contest shape?

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    Can? Yes. Oats are fairly high carb compared to other sources. If you have the discipline to not eat as much volume without too much hunger challenge. It also depends how far out you are planning to diet for a contest and how much you plan to restrict your carbs (i.e. keto).

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    As long as you use them to meet your carbohydrate and caloric intake yes.
    I would still suggest rotating your carb sources and getting various forms of potatoes, fruits, veggies to help with micronutrients, and potassium (potatoes).. Getting a big potassium/sodium imbalance would not be a good thing.

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    Is it possible to use oats as your main carb source pre-contest to diet for a show to get into contest shape?
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    Pure oatmeal does not contain gluten. However, most oatmeal brands on the market today are not pure — they contain oats that have been cross-contaminated with a tiny bit of wheat, barley and/or rye.

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