- Celiac Disease and Oats: Are They Gluten-Free?
Celiac Disease and Oats: Are They Gluten-Free?
Experts have decreed that pure oats are safe for people with celiac disease. The definition of this disease is based on a very specific type of injury to the intestinal wall that heals following the removal of gluten from the diet. This intestinal damage, called villous atrophy, is caused by the interaction between the immune system and certain proteins found in wheat, rye, and barley.