Oats are an underrated food crop. And that is a shame. Oats are in fact very healthy and contain cholesterol-lowering fibre. Thanks to the slow digestion of oats, it helps to prevent and to tackle obesity and diabetes. Another special feature is the fact that oats are gluten-free. This is in contrast to other crops such as wheat, rye and barley. More and more Dutch people are facing gluten intolerance making oats an excellent nutritional alternative for people with celiac disease.
Researchers at Wageningen University have been at the forefront of an oat production chain which ensures that oats are not ‘infected’ during the production process by gluten-containing grains. Vandinter Semo is a proud partner in this gluten-free oat chain and is leading the way in offering gluten-free oats to numerous processors.
Thanks to the oats chain, the first gluten-free breakfast products made from oats were brought onto the market in 2010. One year later, the gluten-free oat bread was added. And, although the steps are modest, it seems that oats are rapidly gaining in popularity.
The Dutch oats chain – of which Vandinter Semo is part – stimulates research and promotion of gluten-free oats as a healthy home-grown ‘superfood’.
Vandinter Semo now has access to a brand new oat peeling machine which can produce gluten-free oats on an industrial scale.
Oat products with a quality mark
Various oat products are currently being developed based on 100% gluten-free Dutch oats. A number of these oat products are already available.