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Are Oats Gluten Free?

Are Oats Gluten Free?

There's so much confusion surrounding whether oats contain gluten.

And we often get asked often if our recipes are gluten free.

So are oats gluten free?

Good news is our porridge oat recipes don't contain gluten.

This is because all oats are gluten free! Oats can get contaminated in the processing as often sites are also handling wheat, barley, rye which do contain gluten.

In addition, oats contain a protein called avenin. Avenin is an allergen which will be present in any food that contains oats. This protein may trigger common sensitivities such as

  • Abdominal pain
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Anemia
  • Skin rashes

With any such sensitivity,  your doctor may suggest you cut out oats. A very small percentage of those diagnosed with celiac disease could be affected. 

If you are sensitive to avenin, choosing gluten-free oats will not help since these still contain avenin.

And unfortunately avenin cannot be removed in the milling or production process.

Legally, we have to highlight oats as an allergen, because of avenin, on our product labelling.

The gluten risk stems from cross contamination in the production process, from grains such as wheat and barley, which naturally contain gluten.

In summary, only people on a strict gluten-free diet require oats that are produced in a gluten-free environment.

To note, we have many gluten intolerant customers who enjoy our range.