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Posted 24 February 2004 - 09:20 PM

A doctor friend of mine explained to me that there's a protein in oats that is very similar structurally to the protein in wheat gluten - and that's why some people are sensitive to both. I have met a few celiacs (including my friend's daughter) who get horribly sick from oats (even uncontaminted oats).

There was a link distruted on the St. John's celiac listserve a couple months ago that explained that oats can be sold in the US and identified as Oats even if they contain up to 1% other grains (e.g. wheat), which is certainly possible given the field rotations, shared equipement, etc.

Since I can't eat eggs or dairy products, and I do occasionally travel for work, breakfast is my most difficult meal on business trips. I stayed at the Chicago W Hotel last November for almost a week, and couldn't BELIEVE my good fortune to find that they served McCann's oatmeal for breakfast.

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Posted 01 March 2004 - 06:50 PM

I've a friend that is also gluten free who really likes oatmeal. I noticed on one site that McCann's Oatmeal was listed as a safe item. Can anyone tell me where this can be purchased. I went onto their web site but didn't really find any information that seemed helpful. Do health food stores carry it (our's doesn't) or have you ordered it from a web site?..............

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Posted 01 March 2004 - 10:12 PM


I saw some in a catalog from the Vermont Country Store, it was kind
of pricey. I don't have the catalog anymore, but I know they are on the web...
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Posted 18 March 2004 - 12:02 PM

"Now that they are saying oatmeal is safe would you give your child Maple and brown sugar Quaker oatmeal? How about HealthValley Maple and Brown sugar granola bars?"

My son is supposedly (according to his pediatrician) allergic to wheat, but not celiac. Over the Christmas break we fed him Maple and Brown sugar, and Cinnamon Roll Quaker oatmeal most mornings for breakfast. He LOVED it! However, by each evening he was displaying his typical "allergic" symptoms, red face and ears, rashed inner thighs and abdomen, hyperactivity and diarrhea. I kept assuming he was "getting into" some other source of wheat, as 3 year olds can do sometimes. My husband suggested we cut out the porridge for breakfast, and ta-da! the nightly reactions ceased! <_<
I had also been giving him Nature Valley crunchy granola bars, as they contain oats, and maybe barley-malt, but NO WHEAT, which is supposedly his only problem. For a few months he seemed to love them. Then he started refusing to eat them. I stupidly assumed he had just grown sick of them, (as in bored with them) and just last week conned him into eating two for a snack one afternoon. Guess what happened. He got the red cheeks, and face, rash, abdominal pains, hyperactivity and let's not forget the diarrhea!

I should have heeded Logan's own instincts as right from the time he was just over a year old, he avoided things that contained wheat, even though we didn't catch onto the fact he was reacting to wheat until after he turned two!

SO to answer your original question, as to whether we would feed the yummy Quaker oatmeal to a child with known celiac. MY answer is unfortunately an emphatic no! (if you are indeed sure your daughter has celiac)
There is obviously (obvious to me) something in it that would cause damage/reactions.
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Posted 18 March 2004 - 01:57 PM

I called Quaker about their oats, and was told that they do process on a dedicated line. Quaker will not guarantee wheat contamination from the field, though. Does McCann guarantee no field contamination?
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Posted 18 March 2004 - 10:44 PM

I do so miss oatmeal. With raisins. And white sugar. And butter. Sigh.

Before I was ever diagnosed with celiac disease, I knew I had issues with oatmeal. It made me sick to my stomach w/in 20 minutes of the first bite, and I would end up sick, bloated, drowsy and with what I called "big head." Basically feeling like my head was blown up, inflated...hard to hold up, difficult to think...ick.

Oddly enough rice gave me the same problem. And cream of wheat. Shwew. Sicker than a dog.

Of course, now I know why the c.o.w made me so ill. :)

I still can't eat oats. Tried a gluten-free brand a few months back and was sick again almost immediately. Fortuntely, I can eat rice now. Took a year of being gluten-free before my allergy to that went away. Even so, I can only eat so much at one time or I start feeling ill again. Hopefully that will go away completely over time.

But boy, do I ever miss oatmeal!
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Posted 04 April 2004 - 05:18 AM

What brand of OATMEAL do you eat? Which is the kind that most likely doesn't irritate those w/celiac?
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Posted 04 April 2004 - 07:01 PM

I have been successful with ONLY McCann's Steel Cut Oatmeal!

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