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J Am Coll Nutr. 2017 Jan;36(1):1-8. doi: 10.1080/07315724.2015.1085815.

The Gluten-Free Diet: Can Oats and Wheat Starch Be Part of It?

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a Eastern Virginia Medical School , Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Department of Pediatrics EVMS, and Childrens' Hospital of the King's Daughters , Norfolk , Virginia, (ret).
b Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Department of Pediatrics, Brody School of Medicine , East Carolina University , Greenville , North Carolina (ret).


Objective and Conclusion: Uncertainty still exists about the use of oats and wheat starch as part of a gluten-free diet in patients with celiac disease (CD). This review should help to clarify the issues at hand. Whereas uncontaminated (from gluten/gliadin) oats and oats from cultivars not containing celiac-activating sequences of proline and glutamine can be used without risk of intestinal damage, wheat starch should not be used, unless it is free of gluten-that is, deglutinized-because even small amounts of gluten over time are able to induce small intestinal mucosal damage.

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