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Rich Chocolate Ovaltine?
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I'm finding some conflicting information about our friend Ovaltine...

I know the malt and chocolate malt are obviously a no, but what about the Rich Chocolate flavor? I thought I saw somewhere it was gluten-free... :huh:

I thought it would be good for getting extra vitamins, since I have a lot of trouble taking vitamins. Also, it's my ultimate comfort drink since that's what my mom gave me when I couldn't sleep :(

That and it's yummy :lol:

Here are the ingredients:

sugar, cocoa processed with alkali, whey (milk), salt, carrgeenan, mono and diglycerides, artificial flavor, colored with yellow 6, red 40, and blue 1

Vitamins and minerals: magnesium oxide, dicalcium phosphate, high chromium yeast, ascorbic acid, ferric orthophosphate, vitamin E acetate, copper glutonate, zinc sulfate, niacinamide, vitamin A palmitate, calcium pantothenate, pryidoxine hydrochloride, thiamine hydrochloride, biotin

Anyone know anything about it? Much appreciated :)

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Looks safe. Does the label contain the universal disclaimer "processed in a facility that also processes wheat products?"

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Looks safe. Does the label contain the universal disclaimer "processed in a facility that also processes wheat products?"

Nope, Ovaltine is very shelf stable and not that popular so it'll probably take a while to get their inventory cleared out enough to have an allergy statement on there <_<

No allergy statement at all, but I looked at the malt ones to compare labeling, and they had parentheses around things like whey (milk) and malt (barley), so maybe they label that way, too?

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In case anyone cares...

I called Ovaltine and they verified that the Milk Chocolate flavor is gluten-free.

It was on the Delphi list, but it hadn't been verified since 2002 so I thought I'd check. :)

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Nestle now owns Ovaltine and there is a new package design to the Rich Chocolate flavor, at least where I buy it (Maryland). They have added a statement below the ingredients that states that Ovaltine is manufactured on shared equipment with soy and wheat. I called March 3rd and spoke to a representative to find out when this change went into effect. He didn't give me a date but it was part of the Nestle "take over."

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They added the universal disclaimer late last year. I had noticed it shortly after being diagnosed. I really noticed it after I got sick shorly after having some, so not sure if Nestle has taken over the physical manufacturing part yet, to make sure everything is clean and all that. Now I use the Kroger Brand sugar free instant breakfast. Kroger has always had the policy of marking everything clearly, and does not contain that disclaimer. Though it does contain soy and dairy.

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I've been using it for over two years now. I switched from the regular malted Ovalteen, which I had used for decades, to the non-malted kind, when I got diagnosed. Never once have I had a reaction, nor did it impair my quick recovery. I'd be willing to bet they've always been made on shared lines. Makes perfect sense. Two products, almost identical ingredients. They're not trying to claim the one is gluten-free.

I like it cause it dissolves so readily. Plus it taste good. It's good stuff.

best regards, lm

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I emailed customer service on Ovaltine's website yesterday and received the following response from them:

"Thank you for contacting us. Your comments regarding Ovaltine

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10.27.09

8:44 a.m.

I just called Ovaltine and the rep said that because it is processed in a facility that also processes wheat, there is no guarantee of it being gluten free due to the possibility of cross contamination. I also found Ovaltine to be a "comfort" drink and had it before bedtime for extra nutrition. Alas, no more. (Sniff!)

I started getting sick again in the past few weeks, I guess around the same time I had the "newly packaged" Ovaltine. It's frustrating when I think I'm doing all the right things and I'm still getting slammed from a mysterious source. I had to call Ovaltine this moring for peace of mind. I'm glad I now know to avoid it.

Now I'm on the hunt for a new, nutritious chocolate mix before bedtime. Any suggestions?

Thanks!

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What about Carnation Instant Breakfast powder? I used to use Ovalteen every day in my coffee, and I switched to Carnation when I went gluten-free. (However I'm still in the early stages of gluten-free, so I may not yet be able to recognize getting glutened) This is from the Carnation website, and there have been prior posts about it: "For our Powders, the only variety containing gluten is Classic Chocolate Malt, which has wheat flour and barley extracts. All other Powder varieties do not contain gluten." (I don't recall if they have the CYA - 'processed in a facility...' disclaimer on the actual package - I buy a big container and put it in a nice looking canister next to the coffee pot.)

- Stacy

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What about Carnation Instant Breakfast powder? I used to use Ovalteen every day in my coffee, and I switched to Carnation when I went gluten-free. (However I'm still in the early stages of gluten-free, so I may not yet be able to recognize getting glutened) This is from the Carnation website, and there have been prior posts about it: "For our Powders, the only variety containing gluten is Classic Chocolate Malt, which has wheat flour and barley extracts. All other Powder varieties do not contain gluten." (I don't recall if they have the CYA - 'processed in a facility...' disclaimer on the actual package - I buy a big container and put it in a nice looking canister next to the coffee pot.)

- Stacy

I used the Chocolate all the time for a long time. I never had an issue with it. Before I was diagnosed I used to mix it in with my coffee in the morning as it was the only thing I could have for breakfast that wouldn't make me sick.

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