Did you know?
Over 1/4 of coeliacs don't eat any oats or oat-based foods*
Over 1/3 of coeliacs only eat oats occasionally*
If this is you, do you know what you're missing out on by not eating gluten free oats?
"I've been enjoying Nairn's range of gluten free oaty food for a couple of years now. The products taste great, are wholegrain and high in fibre and I know they are safe for me to eat.
However, not all coeliacs are aware of the facts about including oats in their diet or the benefits of doing so. So, working with Nairn's, we have put together the following information to help you."
Dr Chris Steele, Coeliac and well known doctor
Pure, uncontaminated oats
Many people with Coeliac Disease ask: are oats gluten free, and can Coeliacs eat oats? Naturally, oats do not contain gluten, but they can be contaminated by contact with other gluten containing grains. At Nairn's, our gluten free oats are carefully farmed to ensure there is no contamination with other grains throughout growing and milling.
All of Nairn's gluten free products are baked in a dedicated gluten free bakery and tested to standards approved by Coeliac UK, so you can be sure you’re eating pure, uncontaminated gluten free foods when you buy from Nairn’s gluten free range.
They all carry the crossed grain logo so you can be sure that they are safe to eat. Make sure you only choose oats which are clearly labelled as gluten free!
For further information visit coeliac.org.uk
Find out what gluten free products we make and where to buy them on our gluten free product pages.
Safely including oats in a gluten free diet: Oats and Avenin
Whilst oats do not contain gluten, they do contain the protein avenin to which about 5% of coeliacs are intolerant. Newly diagnosed coeliacs used to be advised to avoid oats for the first 6 months to 1 year after diagnosis before gradually re-introducing them. This advice has recently changed and the British Society of Gastroenterology Guidelines for the diagnosis and management of coeliac disease advise that gluten-free oats can be included with the diet immediately from the point of diagnosis.
Please be aware that including pure, gluten free oats should be considered on an individual patient basis. It is recommended that symptoms are monitored closely by a healthcare practitioner to ensure suitability.
Why include oats regularly in your diet?
We think oats and oatcakes help to make great tasting gluten free food, as they have a delicious natural taste and texture.
They can help add more variety to your restricted diet and are clinically proven to provide several health benefits. They are a rich source of soluble fibre which health experts say helps to fill you up and balance blood sugar levels, making oaty food low GI. They are also a source of insoluble fibre which is essential for healthy digestion. Oats have been proven to reduce cholesterol, help lower high blood pressure and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Nairn's range of gluten free oatcakes, oat muesli and porridge contain no added sugar and our gluten free biscuit breaks have a lower sugar content than other gluten free biscuits on the market,; our healthier, tasty snacks are the ideal way to enjoy a guilt-free bite to eat.
All of this adds up to tasty, natural and wholesome food which can help you to get the most out of your day.
Ways to include oats in your diet
"My favourite way to get my oats is snacking on a few Nairn's Biscuit Breaks. Finally. there's a gluten free biscuit which tastes like biscuits should, and even better that they're not so bad for me!"
Dr Chris Steele
There are many ways for you to include include oats in your gluten free diet from morning porridge to a delicious snack of oatcakes with your favourite topping. You can find all of our recipes and topping ideas on our recipe pages. To get you started here are a few easy ways to incorporate oats into your daily diet.
*research conducted by Nairn's Oatcakes amongst over 900 Coeliac UK members, May 2013