Well we like all things that are free here at Freebies.com.au but this is a first since I’ve been here. We’re not actually discussing a free product but whether a food is free of a certain protein, in this case gluten.
Gluten free diets are very popular. It’s a topic of special interest to people suffering from celiac disease.
Pure oats are gluten-free and safe for almost all people with a gluten intolerance.
However, oats are often contaminated with gluten because they may be processed in the same facilities as gluten-containing grains like wheat, rye and barley. Therefore caution is advised.
Studies show that most people with celiac disease or wheat/grain allergy can eat up to 50–100 grams of pure oats per day without adverse effects.
A study followed over 100 celiac disease patients for 8 years. More than half of the participants ate oats daily and none experienced negative effects. This says it all.
Additionally, a few studies found that celiac disease patients in countries that recommended including oats in a gluten-free diet had better intestinal healing than patients in countries that did not and this should convince you.
Since pure oats are definitely gluten-free, they're usually safe for people with a wheat allergy as long as they're not contaminated with wheat.
We also took a look at the Gluten Dude website as he’s one of the best known bloggers on the topic of gluten problems. Bloggers can be notoriously ego centric but when you find a genuine impartial expert on a topic they are a valuable resource of information.
Here’s an example of the type of discussion takes on on Gluten Dude.
"Last week, I got a private message on Facebook from a fellow celiac. In 2015, she emailed Company X, who makes granola labeled “Gluten Free”, if the oats used in their granola were indeed gluten-free. Their response:
“No, our oats are not “certified”. In researching this question, while oats are considered free of gluten, cross contamination with other crops in the fields or other ingredients in a commercial kitchen space could occur. We do our best to keep our granola as pure as possible, and we are considering within the year to use certified organic oats. Have a happy healthy day!”
My quick reaction to this was: They had to research the question? Seriously? They have a product labeled gluten free and they had to research the question? Ok then...
Gluten Free Society
We couldn’t resist publishing this abridged list of some of the 43 facts doctors should know about gluten. It comes from the credible source of the Gluten Free Society.
- Everyone with celiac disease is gluten sensitive, but not everyone with gluten sensitivity will develop celiac disease
- There are over 200 medical conditions that gluten can either cause, contribute to, or make worse.
- Gluten can cause autoimmune disease
- Gluten can cause leaky gut
- Gluten is a common cause of unexplained iron deficiency anemia