Traditional oats and Certified Organic Oats
Traditional oats and Certified Organic oats – What is the difference between our labelled oats?
Steamed rolled Oats are frequently called “old fashioned oats” or “rolled oats”. The oats are baked, steamed, rolled, and cut into flakes, whether “regular” or “organic”. The nutritional value is identical.
However, there are differences between traditional oats and certified organic oats. We source both the Traditional Uncontaminated Oats and the Certified Organic Uncontaminated Oats from GF Harvest in Wyoming, USA.
There are no pesticides or herbicides used on the certified organic uncontaminated rolled oat fields. Animal-based fertilizer is used.
Whereby the fields that grow the traditional uncontaminated rolled oats fields are occasionally treated with a weed spray. When the weed spray is used, it is done before the heads on the oat plants form. Then when the traditional field is harvested, we test the oats to ensure they are free from herbicide residue.
Wyoming has such a dry climate, our traditional uncontaminated oat fields usually don’t need pesticides. Organic farming methods are markedly different from conventional growing methods.
And according to a research review published in 2014 in the “British Journal of Nutrition,” organic crops may also contain higher antioxidant concentrations. Organic and regular oats have the same nutritional information and benefits.
Organic oats could be safer to consume because they are not produced with chemical pesticides or fertilizers. Also, to be noted that each of the crop varieties follows strict exclusion zones from crops that threaten to contaminate the oats at the farm level.
Therefore, both the traditional oats and the certified organic oats are uncontaminated from the gluten found in wheat, rye and barley. In the US, UK, Canada and parts of Europe, this same variety is labelled as gluten-free oats. However, here in Australia, we are unable to label them gluten-free oats due to labelling restrictions.