September 28, 2011 by Flora Dawn
The great Oat Debate. Should Celiacs eat oats or not?
Unfortunately, the more research I do about oats, the more questions I have. I am not an expert or health professional, just a stay at home mom cooking 3 gluten-free meals a day; and then there are snacks and desserts. Let’s just say over the last two years I have created a LOT of gluten-free dishes. I am really trying my best to make delicious and safe food for my family.
I thought I had the whole oat thing figured out, after all, most new cookbooks say cross-contamination is the issue, not oats themselves. And then there is the “gluten-free oats.” I mean if they can say “gluten-free” they must be okay, right? Well, it seems as if America is one of the few places (perhaps even the only country) that actually allows oats to ever be labeled gluten-free.
My husband doesn’t eat oats, he says he doesn’t care what they are labeled, they make him feel like he ate gluten. So I started thinking and reading about oats and a gluten-free diet and I would love your thoughts on the subject.
So Readers, do you eat oats? And if so do you limit the amount you eat?
Here are a few articles I came across recently that got me questioning the oat issue:
The Scoop on Oats by the Celiac Sprue Association
Should celiac sufferers be allowed their oats?
Heather Julia Ellis and Paul J. Ciclitira
Canada’s food labeling laws (gluten-free is section 9.9.4)