Historically, gluten-free diet (GF diet) used to forbid oats. Oats were believed to trigger the celiac disease. However, many studies from Europe and the U.S. revealed that consumption of some oats is safe for adults and children with celiac. Based on this research, a growing number of health professionals and celiac organizations around the world now allow consumption of moderate amounts of pure, uncontaminated oat products.
Health Canada has issued a paper on the safety of oats in celiac disease. The Canadian Celiac Association Professional Advisory Board, in consultation with Health Canada, says that adults with celiac can safely consume half to three-quarters of a cup (50 to 70 grams) of dry rolled oats per day. For children, it’s one-quarter cup (20 to 25 grams) per day.
However there is a problem because most commercial oat products on the market have been cross-contaminated with wheat, barley and/or rye, which occur during harvesting and processing. So oats do not have gluten intrinsically....but they are often cross contaminated with grains that do have it!
The good news is there are specialty companies in North America and Europe who produce pure, uncontaminated oat products that are grown on dedicated fields and equipment and packaged in dedicated gluten-free facilities. Lara’s brand and Only Oats brand are the Canadian companies. The American companies include Bob’s Red Mill, Gluten-Free Oats, and Gifts of Nature to name a few.
So there you have it! Go have some Oat bread my gluten free friends!!
Dr. Anders Nerman, ND
Dr. Anders Nerman, N.D. is a Naturopathic Doctor with an Integrative Family Medical practice in Wolfson Medical Center in Jerusalem, Israel. For more visit www.drnerman.com or call 972-54-427-8667.
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