What is Low Gluten? And why all the contention around oats and gluten free? Well it all gets quite technical and political so you can read more in our blog "why can't oats be labelled gluten free" but for a quick low down, here it is…
Oats can be labelled Gluten Free in most of Europe, USA, Canada and many other countries around the world however in Australia it is illegal to label oats as Gluten Free due to a little protein, similar to gluten, called avenin.
Research has shown that most people with coeliac disease can safely eat avenin as long as the oats are “uncontaminated” ie not grown or processed in the same place as wheat, barley rye or other grains.
All our Amisa and Rude Health oats are uncontaminated. They are batch tested and show gluten levels lower than 5mg/kg (5ppm) which by international standards would make them Gluten Free but in Oz only Low Gluten. Here’s my best Year 7 maths to help…
Oats < 5mg of gluten / kg (5ppm) in most of World = GLUTEN FREE
Oats <20mg of gluten / kg (20ppm) in Australia = JUST LOW GLUTEN
Oats <5mg of gluten / kg (5ppm) in Australia = STILL JUST LOW GLUTEN
So, for those of you that can tolerate avenin, please enjoy these uncontaminated, low gluten oats and the gluten free oats you’re having when you’re not having gluten free oats.