Oats – can they be part of a gluten-free diet? Oats – are they gluten-free? There has been controversy for years as to whether it is okay, or not okay, to eat oats if you are gluten-sensitive.
Oats – are they gluten-free?
- Some food chemistry research studies suggest that avenin protein in oats does have toxic properties.
- The purity of oat products in some countries is suspect. Oats and oat products can inadvertently be contaminated with wheat. This can occur during harvesting, milling and processing.
- There is a possibility that gut damage from oats takes longer than six to twelve months to show up. Also, symptoms might not be readily apparent to the person.
- The possibility that young children might have a higher cross-sensitivity to oats because of their relatively immature immune system.