Why does your package say wheat free and not gluten free?
When the CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency) passed the labeling requirements around gluten free foods (HC Regulation B24.018 B25.019) in the 1990’s they combined all grains together. Oats are a grain, and the CFIA prohibits the labeling of pure uncontaminated oats as gluten free even though medical evidence has proven that the majority of celiac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis are able to tolerate pure uncontaminated oats. However the current regulation does not reflect this. Until the CFIA updates the labeling, the labels are not allowed to state gluten free.
What do you mean by PURE oats?
Pure oats means that they are sourced from a manufacturer that only produces oats thus avoiding cross contamination from wheat, spelt, kamut, rye, barley or triticale.
Does wheat free mean gluten free?
In some cases yes and in other cases no. You need to read the label carefully. If it doesn’t state on the label that the oats are pure or Pavena oats, then they are not and most likely have come in contact with wheat or a by-product. Read your labels carefully!
Is Kimberley’s Own granola safe to eat if I can’t eat gluten?
Yes you can! Health Canada and the Canadian Celiac Association have determined that PURE oats are safe to eat for those following a gluten free diet.
How much can I eat if I have celiac disease or dermatitis herpetiformis?
For the most part, there are guidelines on the packages. The general rule is to start out with 1/4 cup and it may be increased to 1/3 cup daily if there is no reaction. However there is a small percentage of the celiac population that is not able to tolerate even pure oats.
How can I enjoy Kimberley’s Own granola?
I don’t consider my granola just for breakfast. My favourite way to enjoy it is with plain organic yogurt sweetened with a touch of pure Canadian maple syrup. But it can also be used in salads as an alternative to nuts and or seeds, as a topping on fruit, frozen yogurt or ice cream for dessert. I have also been known to eat it plain by the handful!