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General

What are Gold&Green® products made of?

Nordic oats are the heart of our innovation and oats combined with legume proteins is the signature base of all our products. The name of our company also reflects this unique combination of golden oas and green legumes. We only use carefully selected high-quality ingredients and source them as locally as possible. Pulled Oats® and Deli OatBites are made with a unique combination of three plant protein sources (oats, pea and faba bean). The ingredient list is short and simple: water, oats, yellow pea and faba bean protein, oil, salt and spices.

Where can I buy Gold&Green® products?

Pulled Oats® is currently available in retail supermarkets in Finland and Netherlands. Also we are currently active in the following markets in the Food Service sector: FI, SE, NO, DK, UK, IR, NL, BE, DE, ES and USA. 

Are Pulled Oats® and Deli OatBites meat replacements?

If you wish. You can use Pulled Oats instead of minced meat, pulled pork or chicken in most recipes. It has more fibre and protein and a better fat composition than meat. Compared to other plant proteins (such as soy or seitan) it has a firm and tender texture, that soaks up the flavours and gets a nice chewiness. Pulled Oats® is a protein that does not mimic anything, but is a true plant-based alternative that stands on its own. Deli OatBites are plant-based ready-to-eat protein bites that adds intense flavor in every bite.  These firm & tasty bites are a quick and easy way to add flavour and nutrition to woks, salads, pizzas, tacos and sandwiches. Deli OatBites can be enjoyed in a variety of dishes and it's the perfect plant-based topping!

How do I prepare Pulled Oats® or Deli OatBites?

The easiest way is to heat it in a frying pan with oil and spices or roast in the oven. Read more about how to prepare Pulled Oats®: https://goldandgreenfoods.com/plant-based-recipe-ideas/ Deli OatBites can be used as such or fried in the pan for two minutes.

How is Pulled Oats® made?

Pulled Oats® is made by mixing, grinding and heating together familiar ingredients from Nordic oats, yellow pea and faba bean. We treat our ingredients with the most respect by processing them as little as possible - the production process of Pulled Oats® is actually similar to a very controlled way of making bread. We work constantly to develop tasty and nutritious products that have a simple ingredient list. We always prefer natural flavouring and have succeeded to replace the most commonly used additives.  All Pulled Oats® and Deli OatBites are produced in our factory in Järvenpää, Finland.

Health & Sustainability

Are Pulled Oats® and Deli OatBites vegan?

Yes, all plant-based!

Where do your oats and legumes grow?

We only use the highest-quality ingredients and source them as locally as possible. Our oats and faba beans grow in the clean Nordic nature (Finland and Sweden) and our peas are originated from a responsible manufacturer from Central Europe. All Gold&Green® products are produced 100 % in Finland.  

What is the carbon footprint of Pulled Oats®?

We have started to measure the climate impact of our products, starting with our hero product and best seller Pulled Oats® Nude (in Finland, our home country). Pulled Oats® Nude is highly nutritious (up to 30g/100g of protein), but it also has an low carbon footprint – only 2.4 kg CO₂ e/kg – and to top that, it’s delicious! What a win-win! The plan is to calculate carbon footprints for other Gold&Green® products as well. The heart of our innovation is Nordic oats combined with legume proteins, and we use this combination as a base in all our products. In addition to this, other flavor variants of Pulled Oats® and Deli OatBites contain more ingredients, like spices. The carbon footprints are estimated to be relatively low for our other products as well. Read more: https://goldandgreenfoods.com/counting-carbs-for-the-planet/

Are Gold&Green® products organic?

We believe in the power of Nordic plants, sustainable farming and simple ingredients. We want to produce healthy and delicious products with minimal climate impact. We have looked into possibilities to make our products from organic ingredients, but currently all ingredients such as organic protein fractions are not available to meet our needs. Even though organic production has many good qualities regarding environmental impacts, from a climate perspective for example, organic is not clearly a better choice due to the lower yields. More land needs to be used for production which can again increase the carbon emissions from the soil. We have high standards for safety and quality, we only use carefully selected high-quality ingredients and source them as locally as possible.

Why do some of your products have a lot of salt?

There is only a moderate amount of added salt in the products. Legumes and oats contain naturally sodium and according to the EU food legislation, this sodium should also be indicated as salt. For example Pulled Oats® Nude contains only 0,4 % added salt and the rest of the salt content is from naturally occuring sodium in the ingredients (0,5 %). Our product development is constantly working to keep the amount of salt in our products moderate - without compromising on taste. The least salt is in the Pulled Oats® Nude flavour which has been granted with The Finnish Heart Symbol. The Heart Symbol tells the consumer at a glance that the product marked with this symbol is a better choice in its product group regarding fat (quantity and quality) and salt.  

What makes Pulled Oats® a “perfect protein”?

Oats combined with legumes is the signature base of our products. This unique combination enables high-quality products that are naturally nutritious: high in protein and iron, source of fibre and low in saturated fat. Pulled Oats® is not only naturally rich in protein (30 %), but it also contains all nine essential amino acids, which makes it a so called "balanced protein". Amino acids are the building blocks of our body. Some of the amino acids are produced by our body, but some of the essential amino acids should come from our diet. We believe that the "perfect protein" should be delicious, nutritious & easy to use – and on top of all that, good for the planet.    

Why are amino acids so important?

Simply put: Amino acids are the building blocks in your body. There are many kinds of amino acids. Most of them can be created by the body itself, but not the nine so called "essential" ones. They need to come from our diet - preferably via a delicious meal made of Pulled Oats®.

Safety and Allergens

Are Pulled Oats® or Deli OatBites gluten-free?

Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee that. We use oats that are manufactured in mills that also handle other cereals containing gluten (e.g. wheat, barley and rye) and due to this cross-contamination with other cereals, Pulled Oats® and Deli OatBites cannot be considered gluten-free. We are actively exploring the possibility of producing a gluten free product. Currently not all our ingredients are available as gluten-free.

Do the products contain any allergens?

Pulled Oats® contains oats which are a regulated allergenic food under the EU Regulation. Additionally, oats we use are manufactured in mills that handle other cereals containing gluten (e.g. wheat, barley and rye) and due to this cross-contamination with other cereals, our products cannot be considered gluten-free. Allergens are always highlighted in the list of ingredients that makes it easy for the user to identify them.

Is Pulled Oats® suitable for kids?

Yes! Both when it comes to nutrition and taste. The kids (1–17 years old) in our test groups have loved it!

Do Gold&Green® products contain any preservatives or other e-codes?

We work constantly to develop tasty and nutritious products that have a short and simple ingredient list - with only familiar words and ingredients that people recognize. We always prefer natural flavorings and have succeeded to replace the most commonly used additives. Our mission is to make plant-based cooking as easy as possible. That’s why we chose ingredients that are naturally nutritious and familiar to us all.