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Chalk me up as another person who has had a reaction to GM gluten-free Chex Cereal. I first tried cinnamon chex, but it seemed to bother my stomach. I thought it was the flavoring bothering me, so I tried the plain gluten-free corn chex and then gluten-free rice chex deciding it must be the corn bothering. This has been during the past 2 months. I developed stomach issues, (nauseated and bloating) frequent headaches and recently low blood sugar symptoms. I completely eliminated milk products during the last two weeks, thinking dairy products were bothering. Rice milk had soy, so I blamed that. I then tried almond milk, which I could tolerate plain. I began re-reading every label, sure I was being glutened, somehow, although my symptoms were different from regular "glutenizing."
This wknd, I ate no cereal, but did drink almond milk and felt fine. This morning, I ate the last bowl of gluten-free corn chex from the box, with almond milk, as the only food eaten since dinner last night. Halfway through finishing, I began feeling nauseated, dizzy and sick. In less than a half hour I developed a headache. Knowing the almond milk did not affect me all weekend, I suspected maybe the corn chex, so I looked it up online. Sure enough others have had the same issue.
Seeing all the ingredients in the Corn Chex as ones I have tolerated in other foods, I called General Mills to ask if there was any other ingredient, they could identify that I might be sensitive to. I am aware they do not have to list ingredients that account for less than 1%. I was put on hold, and then told their advise is to go see my doctor! I advised them that I was sure my reaction was attributable to their gluten-free cereal and would like to know what else is in the product. GM told me they didn't have to check for potassium, or similar ingredients but would do so if someone reported an allergy to a specific ingredient.
I got the impression that General Mills is playing games with their ingredients. Would they want to be forthright in disclosing what was in their product, when I requested it and explained how sick I was feeling and how through process of elimination knew it was their gluten-free cereal? Why did they not just flatly deny any other ingredients in their cereal? BHT is in the ingredients, but I have chips with BHT and sure other foods that have never given me a problem. I noticed on the box that General Mills is either supporter of a gluten free web site. So, I turned their for answers. Turns out General Mills is using the site to promote their new gluten-free products. In fact they have top status on the search engines and I couldn't find the celiac groups/sites I used to.
Having had the experience I did today with General Mills, I have developed a more serious reaction -- and that is to a large corporation setting up a non-profit--or buying an existing one, that is now being used to promote a General Mills products, request donations, explain their tax deductible status, etc, etc....all in the name of marketing their gluten-free products--one of which is making enough people sick that they have complained about it.....hmmmmmm.
While it's been good to vent here, I do hope my experience helps someone else identify a reaction to food and hopefully promote the importance of better--independent testing of gluten free food. Lower prices would be nice on gluten-free products, but I don't think we should have to pay twice, for testing them.............