Versatile oats go beyond breakfast at Natural Products Expo West

Jessie Shafer, RD, Director of Influence & Health Education

March 28, 2016

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Though the popularity of grain-free foods is growing, we also spotted a plethora of whole-grain products at Natural Products Expo West this year. While we loved seeing some innovative uses for ancient grains, including Kamut and amaranth, there was one hard-working, well-known whole grain that seemed to be popping up more than others. Manufacturers, it seems, have tapped into the versatility of oats.

Here is a sampling of the range of delicious oat products we spotted and tasted on the show floor. Even though oats are a gluten-free grain by nature, they’re often lumped in with lists of gluten-containing grains for those with celiac or gluten intolerance to avoid due to the way they’re often harvested or processed with other grains. Most of these oat products are gluten free, meaning their oats were processed in a facility (or part of a facility) that is free from contamination with gluten-containing grains. 

About the Author(s)

Jessie Shafer, RD

Director of Influence & Health Education, New Hope Network

Jessie Shafer, RD, is New Hope Network's director of influence and health education. In this role, Jessie curates opportunities and appropriate partnerships for New Hope's health and wellness influencer audience, as well as health practitioner and nutrition expert audience. Jessie is a Northwestern University graduate, registered dietitian, and long-time health journalist, having worked for more than 17 years at four major publishing houses on consumer-facing health brands, including Meredith Corporation and August Home Publishing and holding the role of editor-in-chief of Delicious Living for four years. Jessie and her husband relocated from Iowa to Colorado in 2015 where they enjoy riding their bike, hiking in the mountains and being mom to a cute and curious toddler. 

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