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Any Gluten In Kellogg's All Bran Drinks


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#1 hermit41

 
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Posted 29 April 2009 - 07:18 AM

For 30 years I ate an heroic sized bowl of bran flakes every morning at breakfast to guarantee that I was getting enough fiber in my diet. Well, you can imagine how well that works now that I have developed Celiac Disease and DH which started to manifest their unpleasant symptoms about about 5 years ago and resulted in positive diagnosis about 4 years later. Since then I have been searching for the "right" high-fiber food. Recently I discovered Kellogg's All Bran drink mixes which actually taste like something you might really want to drink and provide an amazing amount of fiber. However, during this period my Celiac symptoms have reared their ugly head and I have had an almost continuous occurrence of DH blisters.

From the label on the box it appears that the Kellogg's All Bran drinks should be gluten free. I called the Kellogg's customer service number and was told essentially that you can trust what the label says. The message from Kellogg's was so emphatic that I almost feel foolish for pursuing this further. However, after reviewing my eating habits over the past few weeks the Kellogg's All Brand drinks are the only thing I can identify that I have done differently.

Does anybody have experience with the Kellogg's All Bran drinks that would either confirm my suspicion or exonerate them so I could move on and look for some other bad actor?
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Posted 29 April 2009 - 08:20 AM

I would say don't drink it. Even if you called and they said trust the label. My daughter was diagnosed with celiac in February, and if it makes her sick, we toss it out.

You can add more fiber to youir diet through vegetables or try adding flax seed as a topping to food. It is not the greatest tasting item, but after a while you get used to it. My daugher and I add it to yogurt. YOu can buy it ground up and use it in cooking.

Hope this helps.
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#3 BRS-07

 
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Posted 12 June 2009 - 05:01 AM

So my mom just discovered these kelloggs drink mixes in pink lemonade flavor. I am wondering if anyone can help me with the ingredients list to see if they are ok for me to have. I am not experienced at the lable reading yet and have been having a lot of stomache and other problems recently so I would not be able to tell if the mix was bothering me if I just try it.

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POLYDEXTROSE, CITRIC ACID, MALIC ACID, NATURAL LEMON FLAVOR WITH OTHER NATURAL FLAVORS, CONTAINS TWO PERCENT OR LESS OF POTASSIUM CITRATE, SOY LECITHIN, SUCRALOSE, TRICALCIUM PHOSPHATE, ETHOXYLATED MONO- AND DIGLYCERIDES, ACESULFAME POTASSIUM, NIACINAMIDE, RED #40, PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B6), WHEY PROTEIN ISOLATE, VITAMIN B12.
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Posted 12 June 2009 - 05:48 AM

Ingredients
POLYDEXTROSE, CITRIC ACID, MALIC ACID, NATURAL LEMON FLAVOR WITH OTHER NATURAL FLAVORS, CONTAINS TWO PERCENT OR LESS OF POTASSIUM CITRATE, SOY LECITHIN, SUCRALOSE, TRICALCIUM PHOSPHATE, ETHOXYLATED MONO- AND DIGLYCERIDES, ACESULFAME POTASSIUM, NIACINAMIDE, RED #40, PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B6), WHEY PROTEIN ISOLATE, VITAMIN B12.
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For me the red flag is the "other natural flavors". Ack, don't know what all those other chemicals are !! LOL

General rule - artificial flavors ok, natural flavors suspect...until all labels have to include gluten as a source...This is one of those call the company situations, IMHO.
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Posted 12 June 2009 - 06:04 AM

I just got off the phone with Kelloggs and they said that all flavors of the Allbran Fiber Drink Mixes are gluten free!
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Posted 12 June 2009 - 10:04 PM

It's possible you're reacting to some other food, and the timing is just a coincidence.

You may also be reacting to some other ingredient in the drink. Looking at that list I see artificial color, citric acid and lemon, and two artificial sweeteners (SUCRALOSE and ACESULFAME POTASSIUM). Any of these could be causing problems.

Your best bet is to stop drinking this for a few days, but keep the rest of your diet exactly the same. That will help you narrow it down to the true culprit.


Oh, and this - "The message from Kellogg's was so emphatic that I almost feel foolish for pursuing this further." Never feel foolish! It's your health, you do what it takes to get the answers you need. If it comforts you any, think of this. Every person who calls about gluten free pushes them one step closer to actually labeling their products gluten free or not.
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