Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Response to Video – Are Oats Gluten Free?

The following video was posted by David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, ABIHM – Board-Certified Neurologist

David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, ABIHM is a Board-Certified Neurologist and Fellow of the American College of Nutrition who received his M.D. degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine where he was awarded the Leonard G. Rowntree Research Award. After completing residency training in Neurology, also at the University of Miami, Dr. Perlmutter entered private practice in Naples, Florida where he serves as Medical Director of the Perlmutter Health Center and the Perlmutter Hyperbaric Center.
Dr. Perlmutter serves as Adjunct Instructor at the Institute for Functional Medicine in Gig Harbor, Washington. He is recognized internationally as a leader in the field of nutritional influences in neurological disorders.

I was recently alerted to the latest video he posted on youtube which I found to be very disappointing and the information is well and truly out of date referring to data from 2004.  If you knew anything about the industry and farming oats the product is generally contaminated at the farm level.  You referred to oats being processed in a oats only facility, that does not mean that the oats were not contaminated at the farm level.  Also the other companies you refer to, the product once again would be contaminated at the farm.  You see oats is a winter crop and often farmers are growing wheat, rye and barley and use the same machines, storage bins, etc.
Companies like GF Harvest who supply our Uncontaminated Oats here in Australia through www.wheatfree.com.au grow, produce and process ONLY oats.  They are a coeliac family who go to extreme lengths to ensure that their product has NO contamination from wheat, rye and barley.  To support this we test the product when it arrives in Australia and we display the results on the packaging of the product to be less than 3ppm.  We are the ONLY company that do this.

So you can not compare all oats to be the same.  Also oats on it's own may have a high glycemic index reading but when you add in your milk, seeds, yoghurt etc you have an extremely balanced nutritious breakfast. 

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