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FANCYQTR Posts: 13,437
4/16/14 4:08 P

MAYBER, my test for gluten free was due to IBS. I found that bread gives me gas/bloating -problems and they feel like I am having a heart attack. I went to the ER once for that and they must have thought I was crazy. I wasn't diagnosed with the gluten intolerance or celiac, but my PCP recommended I go gluten free because of the problems I get. I can eat a little with gluten in it (tortillas once in a while are okay), but not very often and ALWAYS have to take Gas-X when I do. For someone who is gluten intolerant, eating sensibly does mean eliminating foods that have gluten in them.

I did find a couple of gluten-free teams on Spark and am hoping that I can learn enough to be able to make things that I like and more about gluten-free on them. I was told by one person I know that oats are not gluten free, which was the basis for the original question. Mainly, other than a protein in them that I was told often causes a reaction like gluten, the problem with them seems to be where they are processed and you have to get certfied gluten-free if you want oats.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,532
4/16/14 10:29 A

The reason you can't choose a gluten free diet on Spark is because there are members from all over the world. And what is GF varies from region to region. It is impossible to recommend GF when in one area of the world, the item is, in another part of the world the item isn't.

LILITHB Posts: 3
4/16/14 3:11 A

There are celiacs, and there is gluten intolerance. Chhosing gluten free out of the blue is just a constraint, but for many it is just a way to cope with digestive issues. For me, never diagnosed as truly celiac, staying gluten free controls my Chron's disease.... There is more to gluten than meets the eye.

On the other hand, i am less sensitive than celiacs, so oats are great for me.... :))) i regret that here on spark people it isn't possible to select a gluten free diet, just like you choose a vegetarian one.

I am trying to loose some pounds, and low- carb is the easiest way....

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4/15/14 11:53 P

Great information am wondering why some people chose to go gluten free when they do not have a diagnosed disease
Eating sensibly is more important than eliminating foods
one day at a time
love prayers peace

FANCYQTR Posts: 13,437
2/27/14 6:42 P

Thanks for the explanation.

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2/27/14 5:52 P

As mentioned, certified gluten free oats are gluten free. This is a 'specialty' product...not just looking at Quaker Oats and not seeing a gluten ingredient. Oats can be contaminated in transport, but also in the air if they are grown too close to a field of wheat, being contaminated by wind or even birds. Growing oats in a field that had once grown wheat can also contaminate them.
Now, just to further aggravate the situation, the protein in oats is similar to the protein in wheat. If you are sensitive to one, you MAY
be sensitive to the other, even if it is certified gluten free. Personally, I can eat very few oats at a time. (But no gluten, ever.) I react the same way with the oats as I did with gluten, but only if I go over the 'threshold.' I never do more than 1/4 cup at a time, and not too many days a week. Some people do not react to oats in any amount, as long as they are gluten free.

2/26/14 11:35 P

Yes, oats are

RENATARUNS SparkPoints: (4,367)
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2/26/14 10:25 P

Have you ever tried chickpea flour (besan)? I use it all the time, though not for anything that actually resembles real bread. (Though I think it's possible with some modifications; you'd have to look that up.) It's inexpensive, it's certainly not worse for diabetes than oats would be and might be better (higher percentage of fat and protein, decent amount of fiber), and it's tasty. Anyway, here's a website makes me drool.

Pakoras are one of my favorite things in the world.

Edited by: RENATARUNS at: 2/26/2014 (22:25)
FANCYQTR Posts: 13,437
2/26/14 6:35 P

Thanks. I would like to be able to find a way to make some bread (can't have much anyway because of diabetes though), but I have trouble affording most of those gluten-free things and how to make it. Will start looking again sometime.

2/26/14 5:57 P

Oats are gluten free, but as posted earlier cross contamination is an issue. Bob's Red Mill makes GF oats and are readily available in most grocery stores if you are concerned. I've never been diagnosed as Celiac but have noticed a big difference since cutting out gluten. Even if it's just IBS GF is supposed to help. I have found it gets easier with time to eat GF and it really is worth it. And I have not had troubles eating oatmeal every once in a while (just check to see if there is added wheat or barley).

FANCYQTR Posts: 13,437
2/26/14 5:19 P

Thanks. That helps me understand a little. I haven't been diagnosed with celiac (was told they couldn't find what my gut problem is). I can handle some wheat and oats as long as there isn't any yeast. I just wondered about the oats because of the trivia answer and what she was told.

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2/26/14 2:08 P

Yes, oats are gluten free. However if someone is suffering from celiac disease, for example, commercially prepared oats may be avoided because they may be cross-contaminated with gluten in the factory.

If you're just eating gluten free without a diagnosed medical condition, however, I see no reason why one would avoid them. If you do have a medical condition there are options certified to be contamination free:

Cheerios are not gluten-free.

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 2/26/2014 (14:10)
FANCYQTR Posts: 13,437
2/26/14 1:39 P

I have kept reading that oats are naturally gluten free, but a friend who is on a gluten free diet was told that she cannot have oats of any kind because they have gluten in them. I do know that something like Cheerios cause me problems, but I don't know if that is what it is from. So I am wondering if they are gluten free or not.

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