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Gluten free oats

Published 14 July, 2007

Gluten free oats have been a contentious issue for a long time, but a recent study has shown that pure oats are gluten free and suitable for coeliacs:

http://www.celiac.com/st_prod.html?p_prodid=1472

The problem with oats is that they usually become contaminated with gluten either through wheat accidentally growing in the same field, or by being processed in the same place as wheat.

However, a couple of forward-thinking companies have solved this problem.

Gluten free oats in the US

Gluten free oats in the UK
As you'll see from this page, this company ensures their oats are gluten free by sourcing them from fields so far north they are safe from wheat contamination. They also ELISA test to ensure the oats are still gluten free when they leave the factory.

So, despite being a bit super-sensitive to anything that isn't rice or broccoli, I'm going to give them a go. The prospect of being able to eat porridge for breakfast is just too tempting.

In the UK, you can buy the Tilquhillie gluten free oats direct from the manufacturers. I spoke to Jill Adron there who was fantastically helpful and offered to send me a free sample.

I'd love to hear whether you can tolerate oats or not - or whether you have tried the 'properly gluten free' brands - leave a comment to let me know :)

Update: My coeliac Mum has now tried the oats and is fine. She reacts to Codex gluten free flour, so they're obviously pretty darn gluten free. I'll be testing them later as coeliac problems and new babies don't mix :)

Added: a tasty gluten free oat bar recipe

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