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People frequently ask whether our oats are GMO (genetically modified organisms). GMO refers to items that have been altered from their original state by genetic engineering techniques. The good news for Coach’s Oats fans and oatmeal fans everywhere is that there are no GMO commercially grown oats. Oats grown for commercial use have six chromosomes, which makes the hexaploid grain difficult to genetically modify. There’s also no need to worry about other GMO grains contaminating oats in nature. Even if a GMO plant/grain is grown next to a field of oats, the GMO grain will not cross-pollinate with the oats. So, to assure and answer all our fans, Coach’s Oats are indeed non-GMO.
Oats themselves do not contain gluten. However, it appears that there may be some proteins, or amino acid sequences, found in oats that are similar enough to those found in gluten to cause a reaction. The biggest issue may be contamination of oat products by wheat, rye or barley. There is the possibility for a small amount of these other grains to be present in the oat groats that we purchase and mill into Coach’s Oats cereal. Also, Coach’s Oats is not milled on gluten-free equipment; this can slightly increase the possibility of exposure. Sensitivity to gluten varies from person to person. We recommend that people with gluten sensitivities consult a health care professional for guidance when considering cereal-based foods.
Yes! Studies show that the 100% whole grain oats in Coach’s Oats, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may help lower cholesterol, promote healthy arteries and control blood pressure. Learn about other health benefits of oats.
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All types of oatmeal start with groats, which are whole-grain oats, minus the inedible husks. To make steel-cut oatmeal, sometimes called Irish steel-cut oats, groats are cut into pieces with rotating steel blades. Cooking traditional steel cut oats usually takes 30 minutes or more.
Coach’s Oats is similar to steel-cut oats in its nutty texture, but instead of 30 minutes, Coach’s Oats cooks in only five minutes! This is possible because Coach’s Oats is prepared in an entirely new way. The groats are toasted to bring the natural sugars to the surface of the oats, and then cracked into small pieces. This patented Cracked n’ Toasted™ process means that Coach’s Oats is never mushy, always naturally delicious and cooks in just five minutes.
Coach’s Oats and McCann’s Steel Cut Oatmeal both provide all the heart-health benefits of whole-grain oats. Both have a nutty texture that many prefer over rolled, or “old-fashioned” oatmeal. But unlike McCann’s Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal, Coach’s Oats cooks in only five minutes (steel cut oats generally take about 30 minutes). Coach’s Oats can also be cooked in the microwave and is great for baking, which are not as easy with Irish oatmeal.
Click here to see how Coach’s Oats compares to Quaker Old Fashioned Oats as well as McCann’s Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal.
Coach’s Oats cooks on the stove top in just five minutes. It is also microwavable. (See cooking instructions.)
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