Gluten Free Guidelines

Are your coeliac patients missing out?

Recent research by Nairn’s has shown that not all coeliacs are aware they can safely include gluten free oats in their diet, or the health benefits of doing so. 

Not all coeliacs know that oats do not naturally contain gluten, but can be contaminated by gluten containing grains. Oats clearly labelled as gluten free and carrying the Coeliac UK crossed grain symbol are, though, free from contamination so safe to consume. There is also confusion given the situation with avenin (the protein within oats). At diagnosis coeliacs are advised to restrict oats from the diet, but 26% of them* do not know that after 6 – 12 months they can re-introduce oats, monitoring for symptoms with their healthcare practitioner, to see it they can tolerate oats and avenin. 95% of coeliacs** can tolerate avenin, so this is something to encourage patients to consider. 

There are clear health benefits from including oats in a gluten free diet.

Oats are high in fibre; 

many coeliacs lack sufficient fibre intake due to the processed nature of many gluten free foods.

Oats have a low glycemic index;

providing natural, sustained energy release which can help with weight  reduction and can also help maintain healthy blood sugar levels.

Oats are rich in minerals;

calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and zinc as well as plenty of B vitamins, all shown to be important for bone health. Regular consumptin of oats may be beneficial to support bone health and reduce the risk of osteoporosis, the incidence of which is 50% among coeliacs.


Help your patients have a healthier, balanced gluten free diet with Nairn's gluten free range of porridge, muesli, oatcakes, crackers and biscuits.


Oats aren't just about porridge




*research conducted by Nairn's Oatcakes amongst over 900 Coeliac UK members, May 2013

**Coeliac UK estimate that 1/20 coeliacs are intollerant to the protein avenin. Therefore the remaining 19/20 can tolerate avenin and gluten free oats

Various clinical studies have found that the majority of patients with CD can tolerate oats without signs of intestinal inflammation - Pulido et. al. (2009) Introduction to oats in the diet of individuals with coeliac disease: a systematic review. Adv Food Nutr Res. 2009;57:235-85