What’s an Umpqua? Isn’t that like a fruit? Or is that a kumquat?
Is Umpqua Oats gluten-free?
Our oats consistently test within the acceptable tolerance level for gluten free certification; however, we cannot certify our product as “gluten-free” because it is made in a plant where wheat products are produced. What does this mean? It means that our product could contain trace levels of wheat. So if you have Celiac’s Disease, or if you have a very sensitive intolerance to wheat, you should not eat it.
Is Umpqua Oats natural and/or organic?
Most of our flavors are made with all natural ingredients. We add no colorings, preservatives or fillers. Just good quality fruits, nuts and other mix-ins. The only exception is Salted Caramel Meltdown. The caramel we use contains a form of processed soybean oil that we are not comfortable calling “natural.” Even though many of our ingredients are certified as organic, Umpqua Oats is not certified organic at this time.
What are the health benefits of oatmeal?
1. Lowers Cholesterol
Oatmeal contains a special strand of fiber called beta-gluten that studies have shown reduces levels of bad cholesterol and as high cholesterol is a major risk factor associated with heart disease and strokes, a daily bowl of oatmeal could be a life saver! A daily dose of three grams of fiber, the amount found in one bowl of oatmeal, can lower cholesterol by up to 23 percent and reduce the risk of heat disease by almost half.
2. Boosts Immune System
Oatmeal’s beta-gluten fiber does more than protect your heart. Beta-gluten can also amp up our immune systems and help fight bacterial infections by helping non-specific immune cells called neutrophils (our body’s first line of defense against pathogens) quickly locate and heal infected tissues.
3. Special Antioxidants for Heart Protection
Oatmeal not only lowers bad cholesterol but protects good cholesterol! Oatmeal contains special antioxidants called avenanthramides that prevent free radicals from attacking good cholesterol, which also helps reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
4. Stabilizes Blood Sugar
Because oatmeal is so rich in fiber, eating it in the morning will help stabilize your blood sugar throughout the day and prevent those mid-morning or mid-afternoon “crashes” that results from eating refined sugars and carbs.
5. Lowers Risk of Diabetes
Speaking of blood sugar, eating oatmeal can also help reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Oatmeal contains high amounts of magnesium, which help the body to properly use glucose and secrete insulin. An eight year trial showed a 19 percent decrease in type 2 diabetes risk in women with a magnesium rich diet and a 31 percent risk decrease in women who regularly ate whole grains. Like to enjoy your oatmeal with milk? Eating low fat dairy products reduces the risk of diabetes by 13 percent.
6. Prevents Breast Cancer
Studies have shown that a diet rich in fiber can protect against breast cancer, particularly if the fiber comes from whole grains. A UK Women’s Cohort Study found that pre-menopausal women who ate fiber from whole grains had a 41 percent less risk of developing breast cancer, while fiber sourced from fruit only offer a 29 percent reduction rate.
Studies have shown that oatmeal is well tolerated by both adults and children with celiac disease.
So what’s the history of oatmeal?
Wow you ARE into oatmeal! So here goes: Oats were first cultivated in 1,000 BC in central Europe. Ancient Greeks and Romans scoffed at oats as “barbarian” food and only fed it to their animals. It was oat eating Germanic Tribes that later defeated the Romans, resulting in the fall of the Western Roman Empire.
Oats were first brought to America in the early 1600’s by European explorers, such as Captain Bartholomew Gosnold, who planted them off the coast of Massachusetts. Scottish and Dutch immigrants first used them in traditional porridges, puddings, and baked goods. Currently, Vermont has the highest per capita oatmeal consumption in the United States, where it is often consumed with another local favorite, maple syrup.
Is Umpqua Oats Kosher Certified?
Absolutely. It is certified by Kehilla Kosher of Los Angeles, CA.