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Manhattan, Montana Based Gluten-Free Prairie (GFP) Chosen for Trial to Feed Starving Babies

June 20, 2018View for printing

What does it take to change our world? Montana-Based and Family-Owned Gluten-Free Prairie (GFP) is honored to be chosen for a potentially life-changing project to treat starving babies in Sub-Africa.

Last year Gluten-Free Prairie was contacted by a medical school in the Midwest inquiring about GFP's Purity Protocol Gluten-Free Oat Flour. "They were working with a Nutritional manufacturing facility to formulate a high-protein RUTF (Ready to Use Therapeutic Food) which would be used to treat severely malnourished / starving babies in Sierra Leone / Sub-Africa" says Deb Wheaton, Founder of Gluten-Free Prairie in Manhattan, Montana. "We were told they were looking at several different options for a trial involving 1200 babies." Ultimately, Gluten-Free Prairie was chosen, and Deb worked closely with the medical school along with the nutritional company to come up with just the right "paste" for the trial. Not only did the consistency of the paste need to work with their manufacturing equipment, it also had to be palatable for the babies. Finally, after much trial and error, the first 600 pouches of the RUTF high-protein oat paste were shipped to Sierra Leone last week.

Currently starving babies are kept in a hospital setting with a family member in attendance - awaiting an outcome - very different in a culture where entire families generally live, work and raise children together in their villages. "One of the most awesome benefits of this project is that using this RUTF, parents can take their babies home from the hospital where they can easily administer it to them. Everyone in the family can then nurture and nourish the babies in a home setting. And - BONUS - this also keeps the babies away from all the other diseases in the hospitals."

The doctors believe they could see results in as little as 4-8 weeks.

The potential of this specific project is obvious, and similar applications could be life-changing around the world.

Deb and Gluten-Free Prairie would love to tell you more about this story in hopes you might spread it around to help us shine a light on this wonderful cause (which of course, will be a win-win for everyone.)

"We are thrilled to be part of this very important project which is proof of what can be possible when a few people come together to make a difference in our world."

All GFP products are free from preservatives, with absolutely no rice, corn, Xanthan gum or fillers of any kind. "Our pure heart-healthy Gluten-Free oats make our products ideal for everyone interested in a healthy diet." indicates Deb Wheaton, founder of Montana based Gluten-Free Prairie.

All Gluten-Free Prairie products are Certified Gluten-Free using only Purity Protocol oats which are grown in designated fields, harvested and packaged with designated equipment.

Gluten-Free Prairie products are available in stores throughout Montana,

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About Gluten-Free Prairie: Gluten-Free Prairie was created after Deb Wheaton and her daughter were diagnosed with celiac disease in 2005. In 2012, the Wheaton family followed their passion and commitment to create high quality, great tasting Gluten-Free products for consumers by moving from Los Angeles to Manhattan, Montana. In addition, Wheaton is the co-author of the cookbook "500 Gluten-Free Dishes." Gluten-Free Prairie is a proud member of the Western Sustainability Exchange. Visit or on social media:, @glutenfreeprairie ,

Media Contact: Deb Wheaton

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