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2 parents relax with their 3 young children, the dad and eldest daughter are holding a box of cheerios.
2 parents relax with their 3 young children, the dad and eldest daughter are holding a box of cheerios.

Simply Gluten-free

We know that lots of different families want to enjoy Cheerios together. That’s why we worked hard to remove stray wheat, rye, and barley grains from our oat supply.

Close up of oat plants in a field, with a ladybug resting on one of the seeds.

It All Starts with Oats

Cheerios have always been made of oats, which are naturally gluten free. However, conventional farming practices as well as common grain handling procedures allow chances for gluten containing grains (like wheat, barley, and rye) to co-mingle with our gluten free oats. To make Cheerios gluten-free, we have to separate the oats from grains that contain gluten, which are different sizes and shapes. Our cleaning house can sort 3.5 million pounds of oats every day.

Oats for All

Learn more about why we chose to create a grain sorting system to allow us to keep our oats gluten free.

Technician measuring the length of an oat.

Testing Our Oats

From the field to the bowl, the journey our oats take to become Cheerios is long. Every batch of oats and finished product is sampled and scrutinized by a team of technicians to ensure the health and safety of our consumers that have gluten intolerances or allergies. Our oats are then skillfully milled into oat flour that is verified to be gluten free through continuous sampling and empirical testing.

The People Behind the Process

Gluten-free Cheerios exist because the people who make them care deeply about what they do. Meet the team behind the project and see how they make gluten-free Cheerios possible.