Promoting Canadian Oats

Where in the world are most oats produced?

Oats need cold weather to grow, which is perhaps why Canada is one of the world’s leading countries for production and export of high quality oats. Annually, Canada produces about 3 million tonnes of high quality oats. Other countries that lead the production of oats are Russia and the European Union.

Are oats genetically modified?

No, there are no GMO oats.

Are oats gluten-free?

Oats don’t contain gluten, but rather proteins called avenins that are tolerated by most celiacs (perhaps less than 1% of celiac patients show a reaction to a large amount of oats). If you are following a gluten-free diet due to medical reasons, please consult with your doctor before consuming oats. Small amounts of gluten can occur if oats are grown in a field that had gluten-containing grains on it in recent years or produced in the same facility as wheat, barley and rye, as the oats may mix with these other grains that contain gluten. Therefore, if you are on a gluten-free diet it’s recommended that you consume oats labelled as gluten-free.

Will I gain weight if I eat oats?

Half a cup of oats has 150 calories, vitamins B1, antioxidants,magnesium, iron, protein and healthy fats. Also, oats act as a sponge, trapping LDL or ‘bad’ cholesterol when it passes through the digestive tract and removing it from the system.


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