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Not all oats are gluten free—here’s how to be sure you’re safe

There’s a lot of gluten free labels at the grocery store lately, including on drinks and snacks you know shouldn’t have any gluten to begin with. But if you’ve made fun of gluten free oats, you might want to take back that joke. Oats don’t naturally contain any gluten, but research suggests the vast majority of the bags you see in supermarket aisles have high enough levels to poison someone with celiac disease.
Oats are part of a health breakfast, but maybe not if you have celiac
Oats are part of a health breakfast, but maybe not if you have celiac (Daria Nepriakhina/Unsplash/)

There’s been a real uptick in gluten-free labels at the grocery store lately, including on drinks and snacks you know shouldn’t have any gluten to begin with. But if you’ve made fun of gluten-free oats, you might want to take back that joke.

Oats don’t naturally , but research suggests the vast majority of the bags you see in supermarket aisles. Not many people have any idea why this is, but now that we’re squeezing milk out of our oats, it might pay to know a little more about this mysterious association between oats and gluten.

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