Celiac.com 05/30/2007 - The results of a study recently published in the Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology shows that patients with celiac disease can consume oats with no risk of adverse immunological effects.
The doctors looked at a group of 42 celiac patients who had previously participated in a 6-12 month oats intervention study.
22 of these patients already incorporated oats as part of their gluten-free diet. During the 5-year follow-up study, 10 patients who were concerned about the safety of long-term oat consumption stopped eating oats. The 12 remaining patients consumed oats for the whole 5-year period. The remaining 20 celiac patients formed the control group, and followed a strict, conventional, gluten-free diet that excluded oats.
The team conducted biopsies and counted Intraepithelial CD3, TCR (IEL) and TCR (IEL) T cells to determine corresponding densities.
No Adverse Effects for Celiac Disease Patients Who Eat Oats
The results showed no differences in the densities of CD3, IEL and IEL T cells between the oat and the control groups. The researchers concluded that the mucosa of the small intestine show no immunological response in celiac patients who consume oats over a long period of time.
Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology, Volume 42, Issue 1 2007 , pages 54 - 59
- Department of Clinical Nutrition, University of Kuopio and Kuopio University Hospital. Kuopio. Finland
- Department of General Medicine, Al Mafraq Hospital. Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
- Medical School, University of Tampere and Tampere University Hospital. Tampere. Finland
- Department of Pathology and Forensic Medicine, University of Kuopio and Kuopio University Hospital.
- Gastroenterological Unit, Department of Medicine, Kuopio University Hospital. Finland
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