In the spotlight Oats
- Oats are naturally gluten free
- Most people with coeliac disease can safely eat them
- Only buy oats that are labelled gluten free
Oats do not contain gluten. They contain a similar protein to gluten called avenin and research has shown that most people with coeliac disease can safely eat avenin.
The main problem with a lot of the oats and oat products that you find in the supermarket is that they are very often contaminated with gluten from wheat, rye or barley during processing (such as harvesting or milling). Therefore, oats that are NOT labelled as gluten free should always be avoided.
Many specialist manufacturers now produce gluten free oats. If you have ongoing symptoms or any concerns about including gluten free oats in your diet, please speak to your health professional.