Is it OK for coeli­acs to eat oats?

South Waikato News - - Your Health -

Email your ques­tions for Dr Libby to ask.dr­libby@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz. Please note, only a se­lec­tion of ques­tions can be an­swered. ad­vice is that oats are not to be con­sumed with­out a biopsy be­fore con­sump­tion. The prac­ti­cal­i­ties of do­ing so may prove ei­ther chal­leng­ing or worthwhile.

So when peo­ple dis­cuss gluten­free oats (and lab­o­ra­to­ries ad­vise that oats are gluten-free), a more ac­cu­rate state­ment would be is that they are free from wheat (and rye, bar­ley) gliadin. In other words, that there is no mea­sur­able con­tam­i­na­tion. But they still con­tain avenin.

Those with non-coeliac gluten sen­si­tiv­ity (those with gluten sen­si­tiv­ity who have tested neg­a­tive for coeliac dis­ease) may ex­pe­ri­ence sim­i­lar symp­toms to those with coeliac dis­ease, while lack­ing the same an­ti­bod­ies and/ or in­testi­nal per­me­abil­ity that the coeliac dis­ease can cre­ate.

Al­though sci­ence does not yet un­der­stand all of the mech­a­nisms through which hu­mans can re­act to gluten (or per­haps other com­po­nents in grains), the same di­etary changes are of­ten re­quired to help al­le­vi­ate symp­toms. This is best guided by an ex­pe­ri­enced nutri­tion pro­fes­sional.

But in your case, Ge­orgie, given you have been di­ag­nosed with coeliac dis­ease, the best ad­vice is to avoid oats.

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It is prob­a­bly best to avoid oats if you have been di­ag­nosed with coeliac dis­ease.

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