How Does Purity Protocol Produce Cleaner Gluten-Free Oats?
Oat fields often have unintended wheat and other grain growing in them. For most gluten free oats, after the harvest, the farmer relies on optical machine sorting to remove wheat or other gluten-containing grains that may have gotten into the oat harvest. Machine sorting can leave a higher than desirable amount of gluten cross contact in the oats.
Purity Protocol is a set of stringent standards for oats that minimizes the chance of cross contact from gluten containing grains like wheat, barley, rye and triticale. The protocol covers seed selection, growing, harvesting and transportation. This method costs twice as much for farmers as traditional gluten-free oat methods, which is why only the most thorough companies use purity protocol oats.
With Purity Protocol, the farmer uses strands of oats that grow significantly shorter than other undesired plants. Before the plants like wheat have started forming grains, they hand pick the taller invading grain shoots from the field. This, in addition to careful seed selection, facility and transportation standards produces a oat with minimal chance of gluten cross contact.
Many Celiacs who react to other gluten-free oats find they can eat Purity Protocol oats.