Guidance on whether oats should be consumed by individuals with celiac disease has been controversial for many years. NAMA said it appreciates FDA’s thoughtful consideration of the nutritional contribution of oats in the diets of celiac patients and commends FDA for not including oats on the list of prohibited grains.
NAMA noted that gluten-free diets are critical for people with celiac disease and gluten intolerance, and they are also helpful for those with allergies to wheat. It said there is no scientific evidence that suggests a gluten-free diet can provide health benefits for the general population. Research has shown that gluten is actually helpful for healthy gut bacteria in individuals who can tolerate it. For the vast majority, going gluten-free is unnecessary, NAMA said.