Oat Cereal Fine for Celiac Disease

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Oat Cereal Fine for Celiac Disease

People suffering from celiac disease are highly sensitive to gluten and are treated with a diet free of wheat, barley, rye and oats. Researchers at St James Hospital now report that the consumption of oat cereal is safe even in severe cases of celiac disease. Their experiment involved 10 celiac patients (at least two severe cases) whose disease was in remission. The patients consumed 50g of oats in the form of porridge daily for a 12-week period while otherwise maintaining a strict gluten-free diet.

At the end of the 12 weeks, all the patients were still in remission and showed no change in biochemical profiles or serological tests. Duodenal biopsies were obtained before the start of the experiment and at the end of the 12 weeks; no differences were observed. Seven of the 10 patients continued to eat oat porridge after the experiment and did so for 12 months without any adverse effects.

The researchers conclude that oat cereal is safe for celiac patients and point out that its regular consumption would significantly improve the fibre and nutrient content of their gluten-free diet.

British Medical Journal, November 1996

Canadian Health Reform Products Ltd.

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By Hans R. Larsen

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