Oatmeal-Reactions From Just Handling It?
Posted 04 August 2011 - 02:00 PM
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Posted 11 August 2011 - 10:59 AM
I have made my whole household gluten free. However, I have not made my family give up oatmeal. They eat it everyday. I cannot tolerate oatmeal, whether it's from cross contamination or just the oats. Do you think that I could get issues from just serving them oatmeal? I buy 2 different kinds (Fit Kids and 365 brand) of the single packets for my kids. None of them have gluten on the ingredients of course. For my hubby, I buy the single packets of gluten-free oatmeal (GlutenFreeda) and combine it with oatmeal from a large tub of Kroger brand or Quaker instant oats. They just have "rolled oats" on the ingredients. I can't help but to be nervous about it, but I keep thinking that there is just no way. Should I be concerned? I am discovering that I'm very sensitive to cross-contamination. Maybe someone else sensitive does or does not react?
Unless you ingest the oatmeal, there should not be any problems with you serving your family oatmeal. I serve my husband some non-gluten-free foods and have no issues and I am very, very sensitive. Oatmeal is not flour and doesn't become airborne, unless you throw it at someone. You just have to adopt some safe practices like washing your hands after so you don't accidentally ingest some that way. If your dishes are stoneware or other non-porous type, then wash well with soap and water after they are through and you are good to go. I don't think being very sensitive has much to do with it if you practice good habits in food handling. I would not handle wheat flour for obvious reasons but many other foods can be handled safely.
I would let them keep the oatmeal as you have made everything else gluten free. I know it can take awhile for some to become comfortable with the gluten-free lifestyle but you do not want to become fearful of being around gluten filled foods. They are everywhere but we can co-exist without becoming ill.
Another solution would be to buy gluten-free oats for them. At least you would have the knowledge that there would be no CC from gluten during manufacturing. Many good companies out there test and have perfectly safe oats for Celiacs who are not sensitive to the oat protein. However, they are pricey. I can tolerate gluten-free oats very well but I ate a lot of oatmeal pre-diagnosis and am used to a lot of fiber. For some people, it's the fiber which causes a problem.
Posted 11 August 2011 - 11:10 AM
I dunno what its like where you are, but here in Australia our Coeliac society say that Oats cannot be guaranteed gluten free and to not eat them ever. Its to do with the growing and storing of oats and wheat together etc. I would get rid of the oats - its amazing how quickly people adjust to rolled rice porridge. Or lately I have been making a rice breakfast. I just put 1 cup of abborio rice, two cups chopped apples, half a cup desiccated coconut and 1 cup of sultanas (I think in the US they are called Raisins??) and 3 cups of boiling water, chuck it all in the rice cooker and there you have a gluten free, filling and nourishing (sugar free) breakfast....I add milk in at the end.
Certified gluten-free oats are safe for many, many Celiacs. They are grown and harvested in dedicated fields and manufactured in gluten-free facilities. I don't see how you can make something any more gluten-free than this.
There will always be a difference of opinion in the medical field over this issue but if I can eat them and not react, and heal as well as I have over the past 6 years, I consider that a slam dunk for being able to tolerate them well. I know many other Celiacs who do so also.
Posted 11 August 2011 - 02:42 PM
It depends on your degree of sensitivity. Most can serve oatmeal or gluten containing items. Some of us can't be near them. You have to ingest it, but when you are talking about tiny amounts it has a way of getting in somehow. Don't ask me how. Those of us who are sensitive to the lowest levels can have problems.
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