Many Coeliacs ask: are oats gluten free? Naturally, oats do not contain gluten but can be contaminated by contact with other gluten containing grains. Nairn's gluten free oats are carefully farmed to ensure there is no contamination throughout growing and milling. The farmers personally walk the fields to remove any grains which may cause cross contamination, ensure the combine is cleaned down after each harvest and test every truck of raw oats which enters and leaves the mill.
All of Nairn's gluten free products are baked in a dedicated gluten free bakery and tested to standards approved by Coeliac UK.
They all carry the crossed grain logo so you can be sure that they are safe to eat. So, 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.
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 be monitored closely by a healthcare practitioner to ensure suitability.
We think oats 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 the gluten free biscuit breaks have a lower sugar content than other gluten free biscuits on the market.
All of this adds up to tasty, natural and wholesome food which can help you to get the most out of your day.
Dr Chris Steele
There are many ways for you to include include oats in your gluten free diet from morning porridge to a 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