Note: I am adding this note to my original post which you’ll find below – I am deliberately putting this edit at the top of the post because I want to make sure you read it before you read the original post below. This paragraph you are reading is written today, April 19, 2008. The paragraphs below (the rest of the post), were written on the date of the original post. Today, I am responding to some of the comments people have made. I want to be clear. I have no bone to pick with Bob’s Red Mill. They have many products that are great and I use on a regular basis. I have no idea whether the steel cut oats I reacted to were from a bad batch. I’m more inclined to think that for some reason, my body doesn’t tolerate the steel cut oats. I do fine with the rolled oats. So, I think it’s just me. Please don’t think anything bad about Bob’s Red Mill – as I said, they have really done a splendid job of providing us with lots of great gluten free foods. Now…..on to the original post….
I’m curious to know whether others have had this or a similar experience.
A few months ago, I purchased several bags of both Bob’s Red Mill steel cut oats and several bags of Bob’s Red Mill rolled oats. I used the rolled oats to make granola – loved it. Delicious, no problem. Then I tried the steel cut oats. Soon after I ate them, I noticed a reaction that was vaguely familiar – vague only because it had been awhile – I hadn’t had this reaction since going gluten free in Jan 06. How to describe it? Let’s see…..anxious, out-of-breath sort of, heavy feeling in my chest. I spent much of my life like that, not knowing what it was until it disappeared after going GF. This reaction was a general across-the-board reaction to much of what I ate. Along with the bloated stomach ache which lasted for days, sort of like one endless stomach ache that never went away. I look back on it now and wonder how I put up with it. I think I was just so accustomed to feeling that way – I must’ve thought it was normal. Until my hair started falling out. That’s when I started connecting the dots. You can read more about my story here. But I digress….
Could it be that the steel cut oats were from a contaminated batch? Could it be that for some reason I can’t digest the steel cut oats, even though I’m fine with the rolled oats?
I have no idea. But suffice it to say, I won’t be eating the steel cut oats any longer. Too bad, they are such a delicious breakfast alternative. Oh well, I’ll have to make a double batch of my gluten free bagels this afternoon!
In any case, I’m wondering if anyone else has had similar experiences with oats.