For some of you, it’s okay to eat oats
Our consumers tell us all the time that they are still confused about whether people on a gluten-free diet can eat oats.
Well the answer is that all oats do contain gluten, but it’s not that simple. See, oats naturally contain a type of gluten called Avenin that is different to the type of gluten you find in wheat, rye, barley and triticale.
Now if you talk to the Coeliac Society of Australia, they say about 4 in 5 people with Coeliac Disease can tolerate oats. We say the easiest thing to do is read the Coeliac Society position statement on oats and seek medical advice on whether this applies to you.
You can eat oats, but what next?
If you’re lucky enough to be able to tolerate the gluten found in oats, the tricky bit is finding oats that haven’t been contaminated by wheat or other grains. Often, all the stuff is grown together at the same farm, processed by the same equipment and transported by the same trucks!
Freedom Foods Oats are tested to ensure that gluten from wheat is not detected (ie., they are non contaminated).