Oats Said Alternative
To Wheat Gluten
Oats Do Not Cause Skin Rash
BOSTON (AP) -- People who break out in a blistering rash from eating gluten, the sticky protein found in wheat and some other grains, may safely be able to eat oats.
A new study put volunteers with this disorder on diets that included oats and found it did not trigger outbreaks.
The ailment, dermatitis herpetiformis, is an autoimmune disease. The body mistakenly reacts to gluten, causing an outbreak of itchy, small blisters on the elbows, buttocks, knees, lower back and elsewhere.
Victims are typically told to avoid wheat, rye, barley and oats. However, doctors have come to suspect from other research that oats may not actually trigger the attacks.
To test this, they put seven women and three men on gluten-free diets that included 50 to 70 grams a day of oats for 12 weeks. The average serving of porridge contains about 30 grams of oats.
The volunteers suffered no ill effects, and all but one of them have continued to eat oats since the experiment ended.
Dr. Catherine M. Hardman and others from St. Mary's Hospital in London wrote about their results in Thursday's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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