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Hi I am a 49 year old male from the UK who was diagnosed with Coeliac disease 2 years ago and I have been coping with the change in diet quite well. What I do seem to have a problem with is oats, I buy gluten-free oats and gluten-free cookies with oats and I seem to react to them. I am a full time fire fighter and I also like to run marathons so I need to keep my health in tip top condition. My question really is if the avelin protein would show a positive reading on my TGA test? If it is just a GI reaction to the higher fibre, could this be overcome? As I think I may have a similar reaction to lentils too.

Oats are safe for 99% of celiac patients. There is however the extremely rare one who does react to oats. The mechanism is not related to avenin toxicity, however, but it could be different. The fact that this gentleman also reacts to lentils seem to me a good reason to suspect his gut does not agree too much with fibers (or, to use a more fashionable and scientifically correct nomenclature, FODMAP). July, 2015