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Product Review: Oat Cereals
 

Initial Posting: 8/23/16  Last Update: 10/25/16  
Oat Cereals Tested by ConsumerLab.com
Popular Oat Cereals Tested -- Beware of Unexpected Gluten

Find Out Now If Yours Passed!


Oat and buckwheat cereals in this report
365 Organic Quick Oats General Mills Cheerios Quaker Instant Oatmeal Original
Arrowhead Mills Organic Oat Bran Flakes Gerber Oatmeal Cereal Quaker Oat Bran
Bob's Red Mill Oat Bran Hodgson Mill Old Fashioned Oat Bran Hot Cereal Quaker Oats Old Fashioned
Bob's Red Mill Organic Old Fashioned Rolled Oats McCann's Quick & Easy Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal Trader Joe's Quick Cook Steel Cut Oats
Bob's Red Mill Quick Cooking Oats McCann's Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal Trader Joe's Rolled Oats
Bob's Red Mill Steel Cut Oats Mother's Oat Bran Wolff's Kasha - Medium Granulation
Coach's Oats Old Wessex Ltd All-Natural Creamy Oat Bran  
Make sure the oat or buckwheat cereal you use passed our tests and is right for you!
Isn't your health worth it?
Oats are the basis of many popular cereals including Cheerios, rolled oats (often called oatmeal), steel-cut ("Irish") oats, as well as oat bran. Concern about these products was raised in 2015 when researchers reported finding ochratoxin A, a potential human carcinogen, in 70% of oat-based cereals purchased across the U.S. In addition, although oats do not naturally contain gluten, oat-based cereals can be contaminated with gluten if exposed to wheat during processing.

Out of concern, ConsumerLab.com purchased and tested many popular oat cereals, as well as one buckwheat (kasha) cereal.

The good news is that most products were not found to exceed contamination limits for ochratoxin A (although it may be best to limit use of one of the products if it is to be given to small children).

The not-so-good news is that significant amounts of gluten were found in several oat products. ConsumerLab.com tested products against the FDA "gluten-free" standard (no more than 20 ppm of gluten) as well its own, more stringent "ultra gluten-free" standard (no more than 5 ppm). Not all FDA "gluten-free" products met CL's higher standard. At the same time, some products which were not labeled gluten-free actually were. 

All products were also tested for contamination with lead, cadmium and arsenic. 

Avoid problems and get the best oat cereal using ConsumerLab.com's reviews and recommendations. In this comprehensive report you'll get test results and reviews for 20 products selected by ConsumerLab.com (19 oat cereals and one buckwheat cereal).
You'll discover:
    • Amounts of ochratoxin A and gluten found in each oat or buckwheat cereal
    • ConsumerLab.com's Top Picks
    • How to save money by finding top-quality, lowest cost cereals
    • Unexpected ingredients in some oat cereals
    • How to avoid problems with oat cereals

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ConsumerLab.com Answers -- for Oat Cereals
Question:
Should I be concerned about phytic acid in oat cereals? I've heard that it can be harmful, but also that it can have health benefits. Get the answer >>

Question:
I recently read that a gluten-free diet may increase your exposure to arsenic and mercury. Is this true? Get the answer >>
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