Is it OK for coeliacs to eat oats?
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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.
It is probably best to avoid oats if you have been diagnosed with coeliac disease.