Follow-up on Oats by Donald D. Kasarda, Former Research Chemist for the United States Department of Agriculture
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The following was written by Donald D. Kasarda who is a research chemist in the Crop Improvement and Utilization Research Unit of the United States Department of Agriculture. If you have any questions or comments regarding the piece, please address them to Don at: email@example.com
The work from
Prof. Auricchios laboratory (Troncone et al.) in Naples is certainly
of interest and I shall look forward to seeing the details, but I
will just point out for the sake of balance that studies with patients
who ingest, or have instilled into their intestines, the substance
to be tested represent the gold standard and in vitro
testing (that is, in glass, or in the test-tube), while valuable,
does not carry as much weight. The results from the Finnish group
and from Dr. Feigherys group (not yet published), Dublin, Ireland,
are very impressive. The results based on in vitro testing would have
to be truly exceptional to undermine the excellent work that has been
done on the safety of oats. So, we shall have to wait and see, but
I doubt there is reason to be overly concerned just yet.
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