Are Oats Gluten Free?

are oats gluten free? Following on from a couple of previous articles we have written discussing gluten free foods, the next question we are going to ask is, ‘Are oats gluten free?’

Now you would automatically think that oats are ok for gluten intolerant people to eat, as they are not a wheat based product, but there is a little more to the story which we will look into now.

Oats Are Usually On Gluten Free Diet ‘Don’t Eat Lists’…

If you do a search of Google for gluten free food lists chances are that the majority of them will place oats in the ‘don’t eat’ list. This is a lot of people who suffer from celiac diease also get symptoms from eating oats.

Confused? Let me explain.

The problem is that while oats do contain gluten, the type of gluten is different that that which is found in wheat and rye. And along with that, they also contain high amounts of fibre, which can cause similar symptoms for someone with gluten intolerance.

This is why most health professionals (and oats product manufacturers) recommend that you wait for your body to heal before introducing oats into your diet.

Now before you decided to remove oats from your diet, the Celiac Society Of Australia has found that only approximately 1 in 5 people suffering from gluten intolerance also have an intolerance to oats.

So in answer to the question, are oats gluten free? The answer is no, but do they have a negative affect on people suffering from celiac disease? It basically comes down the the individual.

As health professionals recommend, remove oats from your diet at least until the symptoms of gluten intolerance subside and then slowly reintroduce it and see if the symptoms return. If they do, the remove oats completely, however if you find you don’t get any symptoms from eating oats then they can bring some extra diversity to your diet.

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