In the United States, oats (recommended to be labeled “pure uncontaminated oats”) are considered gluten-free. The same is not true in Canada and products with oats of any kind, can not be labeled “gluten-free”. In the past few years, there have been a few proposals submitted to allow oats to be considered “gluten-free” in Canada, but thankfully they did not pass.
Early on in my gluten-free eating, I gave “pure uncontaminated” oats a try. I missed the oatmeal cookies and there wasn’t really a good oat substitute. I took it that since the United States considers them safe…that I should be okay.
I was wrong and it was not something my body could handle the oats.
I looked into it further and while studies have shown oats are safe for consumption for people with celiac disease, studies have also shown that oats are only safe to consume a certain amount (50-70g daily) with many not able to handle oats at all. With all that in mind, I was surprised to find out they’re able to be labeled gluten-free in the US — to my knowledge the law does not say they have to be pure-uncontaminated to be labeled gluten-free either.
My brother seems to be able to tolerate the pure uncontaminated oats and I tried my daughter on them, but she was more like me…it didn’t sit well. She’s been on an oat-free diet now too and there’s no doubt it was causing her issues.
I worry about Canada allowing oats to be labeled gluten-free. We have such amazing labeling laws and they’re so strict I imagine until there’s a great standard for ensuring the oats are truly uncontaminated, we won’t be sifting through oats anytime soon.
I was wondering, do you eat oats in your diet? Do you like to make sure they’re pure uncontaminated oats?