Wednesday, 24 June 2015

FAQ's

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1.     Q. Are these oats gluten free 

       A. These are the same oats sold and labelled gluten free in USA, UK and parts of Europe

2.     Q. Why aren't these oats labelled gluten free oats 
       A. Due to restrictions in the current Australian labelling laws we are unable to make a claim on packaging that any product containing oats are gluten free

3.     Q. Are these oats safe for Coeliacs 
       A. Please refer to the statement released by the Coeliac Society that recommends that 1 in 5 coeliac could react to oats.  We do have a number of customers who enjoy our oats and are coeliacs.

4.     Q. Are these oats organic 
       A. No these oats are not registered organic but have a very low chemical rating.

5.     Q. Where are these oats grown 
       A. They come from Wyoming in the USA.

6.     Q. How do you store the oats 
       A. The 500g packaging should be stored in a cool dry place and consumed before the best before date2kg bulk bags can be stored in a fridge or freezer as long as the bag is securely closed. Any opened packages should be stored in a cool, dry, securely enclosed container to deter and bugs from penetrating the product.

You can order your GF Oats here.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Oats Make It Onto The New Food Pyramid


Whew that was a close one.  I’m thrilled to see the little icon there labeled “oats” on the new Food Pyramid.  It is such a relief to see such a healthy well-balanced Food Pyramid from the one that I grew up with, all my life in fact. 
I just love this new version; it is something I would feel more than comfortable to both promote and follow with logical guidelines for us nutritionally. 

Oats are simply a delicious nutritious alternative to some of those nasty sugar loaded cereals out there on offer.   It has been a struggle to retain the GF Oats here in Australia for the last 5 years.  Being unable to label the product gluten free even though we have independent testing to show that the product is less that 3parts per million. 

We always believed if we did not do it someone else would.  They are simply a superior product based on the pride and care that GF Harvest take in the processing of this product to ensure to us that they are in fact uncontaminated from the gluten found in wheat, rye and barley.

Great to see all the wonderful feedback we have received from our consumers particularly Coeliacs. 


Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Topping for Apple Pie using GF Oats


Ingredients
1 tspn ground cinnamon

¼ cup tapioca flour
½ cup almond meal (other nut meals work too)
½ cup GF Oats, processed until fine
¼ cup coconut sugar
½ cup walnuts, crumbled
½ cup desiccated coconut
Pinch of Himalayan rock salt
40g Nuttelex or butter soft but not melted
2 tbspns melted coconut oil
Coconut flakes (about a handful)
1 Tblspn water extra if necessary


Method:

Add into a bowl the dry ingredients only.  Rub into the mix the butter, coconut oil and water if necessary with your fingers until well combined.

Sprinkle evenly onto to apple pie then top with Coconut Flakes.

Cook in the oven for about 30mins on 160oC.

You can order your GF Oats from Wheat Free.

Turning up the Heat on Oats


You have heard the term oils ain’t oils, but do you know oats ain’t oats
anymore…
Despite the initial bullying by the Australian Coeliac Society and other bodies in Australia regarding the labeling and gluten free status of this specific oats, the Australian Consumer is very savvy when it comes to the brand Gloriously Free Uncontaminated Oats or GF Oats in 2015.
Oats cannot be labeled as gluten free in Australia due to a clause in the current labeling restrictions, stating that any product that contains oats can’t claim a gluten free status.  Creative ways to communicate the unique status of GF Oats has seen sales of the brand experience a healthy jump in sales this year as soon as the cooler weather kicked in. 
GK Gluten Free Foods, a local Queensland based company, have been quietly importing Uncontaminated Oats from the USA since 2009.  Their first shipment of 750kg took 1 year to sell amidst a severe backlash from the Coeliac community, claiming that the oats were not gluten free and they would be responsible for serious health complications within this group.  After working along with the Queensland Health Department to settle on the current packaging that does not claim the product is specifically gluten free, their sales have steadily grown to supplying the local consumers with over 11 tonne in 2014.
Feedback from stores has been that consumers are continually asking for gluten free oats and are well aware of the quality and the purity of the product as well as they understand the “Uncontaminated” status equating to the product being the same product sold and labeled as ‘gluten free’ in the US, England and parts of the Northern Hemisphere.

What’s the fuss about?  Well basically like all grains, oats has a protein content, which equates to a gluten strain called Avenin.  This strain similar to the gluten found in corn cannot be tested for it’s gluten reading specifically as the gluten strain is particularly mild and tolerable.  Studies show that 4 out of 5 Coeliacs who have the allergy to gluten which is different to an intolerance can tolerate oats that is shown to be uncontaminated from the gluten found in wheat, rye and barley.

Labelling the oats Gloriously Free Uncontaminated Oats has been the only way that GK Gluten Free Foods was able to communicate to the discerning consumer that these were in fact the same oats referred to as gluten free on blogs, recipe sites and within their travels overseas.

GK Gluten Free Foods field questions from consumers each week asking the question “are these oats gluten free?” which they give the mandatory response these are the same oats sold overseas and labeled gluten free, however in Australia because of current labeling laws, we are unable to label them as such, even though they are tested to be less than 3ppm gluten which should equate to being able to display a gluten free claim.

These labeling restrictions need to be undated in Australia to reduce consumer angst and confusion all round.  

You can order your GF Oats through Wheat Free.