Saturday, March 18, 2017

Gluten Free Baby Oatmeal Cereal

A couple months ago, I wrote a post titled Baby Without Gluten, and one of my questions was whether or not there was a gluten free baby oatmeal cereal. At the time I did the research, I couldn’t find one that used purity protocol oats. (Click here for more information about what purity protocol oats are.)  

Imagine my surprise when I was walking through the baby food aisle and saw this.
Gerber Gluten Free Oatmeal Cereal

I keep up with news about new gluten free products really well, so I was surprised I hadn't heard anything about this. I snapped this photo, and went home and posted a question on their facebook page to find out where they sourced their oats. Frustration set in when they advised me to call them to ask.

I prefer to have things in writing, so rather than calling them, I sent them an email. I was shocked when their response included a link to their website stating they are using purity protocol oats along with additional information detailing the process. I couldn't believe the care they were taking to ensure the oats they were using were truly gluten free.

I took this screen grab for fear that they would take down the page or that I’d find out that it was all a big lie, and they weren’t actually using purity protocol oats.

In addition to finding this out about Gerber, I also contacted Happy Baby after seeing they had baby food pouches labeled as gluten free that contained oats.

Imagine my surprise when they responded that they use purity protocol oats as well.

It’s incredibly encouraging to me to see larger companies doing things right. I still consider Cheerios to be unsafe. You can read my thoughts on that here. Despite writing that well over a year ago, my thoughts haven’t changed, and neither have their practices. In my opinion, General Mills should look at what Gerber is doing to see that it can be done. I realize it would be a completely different scale, but it is possible in my opinion.

Oh, and just in case anyone is wondering... my baby loves his gluten free oatmeal. Thanks Gerber!

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