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Gluten Free Oats

Gluten Free Oats

There are very few options healthier than gluten free oats to get you up and going in the morning. Oats are a whole-grain food that are most frequently consumed at breakfast. This is usually consumed as oatmeal, which is made by boiling oats in water, milk or a milk alternative. You can use gluten free oats to make a delicious gluten free porridge - remembering of course that all oats may contain some traces of wheat.

In addition, oats are often added into muffins, health food bars, cookies and other baked foods.

Organic oats gluten free have been grown without the aid of potentially harmful chemicals used in conventional farming and processing methods.

Are oats gluten free?

Many consumers wonder whether oats are gluten free? Despite conflicting information, particularly from overseas the short answer is no, oats are not gluten-free. Most oat products are processed alongside other gluten containing grains such as wheat, rye and barley. Therefore it is highly likely that many oat products that are called gluten free contain traces of other gluten containing grains due to cross contamination. It is almost impossible to find 100% wheat free oats or gluten free oats for that reason.

Contamination issues with oats

*Where oats are marketed as gluten-free, and uncontaminated with wheat, rye or barely they may still not be suitable for those who suffer from Coeliac disease. This is due to a protein called Avenin, and whilst they are considered naturally gluten free this protein is only safe for 95% of people with Coeliac disease. In the US, UK & Europe, oats that are labelled gluten free are considered safe for people with Coeliac disease and are classified as gluten free if they contain less than 20 milligrams of gluten per kilogram. Uncontaminated oats such as GF Oats are celebrated as being gluten free and a super nutritious food for people suffering with Coeliac disease in these particular locations. Every batch of GF Oats is tested to ensure they are below coeliac disease thresholds applied for US, UK & European markets. In Australia, different standards apply to be certified gluten free . Products with any detectable gluten cannot be labelled gluten free. They can be called low gluten or wheat-free. 

** Those who suffer from Coeliac disease or who wish to have a gluten free diet may be able to consume wheat free oats but should consult their local GP prior to consuming any products that they are concerned may contain gluten. 

What is coeliac disease?

Coeliac disease is a type of autoimmune disease triggered by the presence of gluten in the diet For some people with gluten intolerance may cause bowel damage and harm to the small intestine. The resultant inflammation can lead to gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhoea, gas, bloating, constipation, vomiting, unintentional weight loss and anaemia. While many of these symptoms are not necessarily indicative of the disease or even gluten intolerance, a simple blood test can be conducted to detect Coeliac disease. Once diagnosed, the condition can only be treated by consuming gluten free foods.

Coeliac disease is not necessarily present when people experience these symptoms. Often people some symptoms that are consistent with milder forms of gluten intolerance.

Which brand of oats are gluten free?

It is very difficult to claim that any oats are 100% free of gluten, however, the ones that are uncontaminated oats such as GF Oats are celebrated as being gluten free and a super nutritious food for people suffering with Coeliac disease in these areas. Every batch of GF Oats is tested to ensure they are below thresholds applied for US, UK & European standards. In Australia, different standards apply. Products with any detectable gluten cannot be called gluten free. They can be called low gluten or wheat-free. 

Can Oats be labelled gluten free in Australia?

How is it possible that a country like Australia can have fewer gluten free products? The answer lies in part with the strict standards applied by the Australian Food Standards Association. The ASDA standards actually prevent oats from being labelled gluten free. What other countries call gluten free oats can only be labelled as wheat free oats or uncontaminated oats. The strict controls are understandable as the risk factors associated with coeliac disease are quite severe.

Can coeliacs eat gluten free oats?

According to the coeliac UK organisation, most coeliacs can safely eat oats products marketed as gluten free, however, a small percentage of coeliacs may be susceptible to the avenin contained within pure uncontaminated oats, as Avenin has similar properties to gluten. Uncontaminated oats are considered to be safe for many Coeliacs and others on a gluten free diet.

** Those who suffer from Coeliac disease or non coeliac gluten sensitivity may be able to consume wheat free oats but should consult their local GP prior to consuming any products that they are concerned may contain gluten.

Are gluten free oats good for you?

There are some considerable benefits that come with the consumption of a single batch of gluten free oats at breakfast time. These benefits include:

  • They are a well-balanced, nutritious choice. Oats are a great source of carbs and fibre and have a higher amount of protein than most grains.
  • The presence of beta-glucan can lead to a full feeling. The presence of beta-glucan can help consumers to feel full and satisfied following consumption of oatmeal. This can lead to less likelihood of diving back into the cupboards and over-consuming snacks throughout the day.
  • Oats are full of vitamins, minerals and a healthy dose of fibre.
  • Oats are one of the few foods containing a group of antioxidants called Avenanthramides. These are known to reduce blood pressure [1]
  • Oats may reduce bad cholesterol levels [2]

Gluten free oats Australia

At Buy Organics Online we are pleased to supply organic oats that are uncontaminated. To start your day off the right way consider purchasing this and other great organic breakfast food products today!

References

  1. Avenanthramide, a polyphenol from oats, inhibits vascular smooth muscle cell proliferation and enhances nitric oxide production
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16139284/

  2. β-glucans and cholesterol (Review)
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5810204/

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