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#1 taweavmo3

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Posted 13 May 2009 - 07:13 PM

I hate to even think this, b/c we luuuuuurve the new Chex, especially the Honey Nut, and I am thrilled to have new cereal.

But, my little girl has been showing signs of gluten exposure, and this is the only new thing we've added recently. We've had the Rice Chex before, but this is the first time we've eaten ALOT of Chex. Since we found the new flavors that say gluten free, she's had some for breakfast, and for snacks pretty much every day.

Does anyone know for sure if they actually removed the barley malt? I'm just asking, b/c the Rice Dream farse is still fresh in my mind, where they quietly removed the barley malt from their ingredient list, still kept it in the milk, but labeled it gluten free.

I'm sure this is not it, and I'll check with General Mills tomorrow, but just curious if anyone is having any problems with these new cereals. Thanks!
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#2 taweavmo3

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Posted 13 May 2009 - 07:23 PM

Nevermind, I checked the GM site, and the malt was replaced with molasses. That's good to know....but I am noticing that my dd seems to react to alot of mainstream products that are gluten free by the "standards", but made by companies that produce wheat products as well. This makes navigating the gluten free world a little trickier, if you're a Celiac who can't tolerate less than the standard of 20ppm.
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Age 4 - reflux, resolved with gluten-free/cf

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Posted 13 May 2009 - 07:53 PM

I am very sensitive and I have had no problems with the new honey nut chex. I cannot eat a lot of any kind of grain, even gluten free grains. I get symptoms similar to glutening when I over do it. Could your daughter be eating more grains than she is accustom to eating?
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#4 taweavmo3

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Posted 13 May 2009 - 08:22 PM

Maybe that is it......we really don't eat alot of grains b/c they just seem to cause tummy aches for everyone. I didn't even think to put cereal in the grain category, lol. We all have pretty sensitive stomachs, so that makes alot of sense. Thanks so much!
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Posted 13 May 2009 - 11:27 PM

I haven't tried Honey Nut Chex because it's mostly corn, which is hard for many people to digest. I do occasionally enjoy the gluten-free rice-based Chex product.
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Posted 14 May 2009 - 06:35 PM

I bought a box of the honey nut chex that said gluten free. I got home and poured a bowl and chowed down. an hour later and i was too tired to move and my stomach was cramped up. I never got sick just the pains. I cannot say whether it was the chex or not... i haven't tried them again. I think maybe take them back out of the diet and re-introduce them later in a smaller amount. I don't want to make anyone paranoid to eat them because i eat the plain rice chex just fine so i know GM knows how to safely produce a gluten free cereal. Maybe it was just bad luck <_<
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#7 taweavmo3

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Posted 14 May 2009 - 08:21 PM

I bought a box of the honey nut chex that said gluten free. I got home and poured a bowl and chowed down. an hour later and i was too tired to move and my stomach was cramped up. I never got sick just the pains. I cannot say whether it was the chex or not... i haven't tried them again. I think maybe take them back out of the diet and re-introduce them later in a smaller amount. I don't want to make anyone paranoid to eat them because i eat the plain rice chex just fine so i know GM knows how to safely produce a gluten free cereal. Maybe it was just bad luck <_<


We've eaten the Rice chex w/out problems too....maybe it's just something about the corn. Who knows, I threw them out today after my dd tore apart her room in a tantrum! I love that all these mainstream companies are coming out with gluten free products, but part of me is still a little skeptical. Gluten free is very trendy right now, and I can't help but think of companies like Rice Dream and Wellshire Farms who played dirty to keep a gluten free label. Just my two cents as a parnoid mom trying to keep my dd well, lol. I think we'll steer clear of anything new for a while, that's always our safest bet!
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Posted 14 May 2009 - 09:26 PM

I hate to even think this, b/c we luuuuuurve the new Chex, especially the Honey Nut, and I am thrilled to have new cereal.

But, my little girl has been showing signs of gluten exposure, and this is the only new thing we've added recently. We've had the Rice Chex before, but this is the first time we've eaten ALOT of Chex. Since we found the new flavors that say gluten free, she's had some for breakfast, and for snacks pretty much every day.

Does anyone know for sure if they actually removed the barley malt? I'm just asking, b/c the Rice Dream farse is still fresh in my mind, where they quietly removed the barley malt from their ingredient list, still kept it in the milk, but labeled it gluten free.

I'm sure this is not it, and I'll check with General Mills tomorrow, but just curious if anyone is having any problems with these new cereals. Thanks!


Dear taweavmo3,
I was angry about the Rice Dream situation as well. :angry: It is infuriating, but the FDA does not regulate things as they should. A Chicago Tribune article a friend sent me told of how people with anaphylactic reactions nearly died due to eating foods that were not properly labeled. Testing is not done in most facilities, and this needs to change. I am now afraid to eat anything made by the Hain Celestial Group.

They make Arrowhead Mills products as well as Rice and Soy Dream. A friend of mine got ill from using their gluten-free flours. I was using DeBoles pasta, which they also make. I become violently ill from a microscopic amount of gluten, so I am paranoid-careful. One company I feel sets a wonderful example is Kraft. This company has been labeling allergens clearly for 14 years, and they were the ones who notified the FDA about the salmonella outbreak in the pistachios.

For the record, I have had the new Chex cereals, and done well. However, eating too much of anything puts a person at risk for developing a sensitivity to that food. Varying your diet is essential to avoiding new food issues. That is what makes this disease so frustrating. If it is not one thing, it seems to be another!

Sincerely,
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Posted 15 May 2009 - 06:58 AM

Sometimes I'll have a slight mid-morning bout of (not quite) D accompanied by a slight tummy hurt. Nothing real bad, but still something irregular. I suspect the cereals. Not gluten but just the grains, sugars, who knows? maybe our diets have been so restricted for so long that we just can't eat some things successfully.

The same thing happens when I eat those frozen gluten-free waffles and english muffins with butter and syrup. Too rich?

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Posted 15 May 2009 - 08:33 AM

Just to voice my experience: I have tried the Rice Chex and Honey Nut Rice Chex, both of which clearly stated Gluten-Free on the box. I consider myself extremely sensitive and I have been fine with both. We should all be careful to avoid the old boxes of Rice Chex which contain barley malt as they phase those out.
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Posted 15 May 2009 - 08:38 AM

That is not to say, Taweavmo, that you were buying the kind with barley malt! Just something for everyone to be aware of. There are many valid reasons why the Chex may be giving your daughter trouble. Best of luck trying to figure it out, and hopefully she'll be able to tolerate Chex- it's nice to be able to eat something so mainstream.
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Posted 15 May 2009 - 09:05 AM

I havent had a prob with rice chex. but if I eat way too many its similar to a glutening. same with any grain for me. I just feel better away from them. I eat them only occasionally.
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Posted 17 May 2009 - 09:36 AM

I went to the Chex website to get some recipe ideas. Some of them called for Chocolate and/or cinnamon chex. I could not find the ingredient list for the cinnamon and the chocolate said it had barley malt extract. How can this be gluten free as there recipe states. Or as I missing something?
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Posted 17 May 2009 - 11:11 AM

I went to the Chex website to get some recipe ideas. Some of them called for Chocolate and/or cinnamon chex. I could not find the ingredient list for the cinnamon and the chocolate said it had barley malt extract. How can this be gluten free as there recipe states. Or as I missing something?


If it has barley malt it is not gluten free. The cinnamon ones I found do have barley malt although they may be changing the formula. I would contact the company and let them know about the error in the recipe section.
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Posted 17 May 2009 - 02:23 PM

I went to the Chex website to get some recipe ideas. Some of them called for Chocolate and/or cinnamon chex. I could not find the ingredient list for the cinnamon and the chocolate said it had barley malt extract. How can this be gluten free as there recipe states. Or as I missing something?


The recent "Chex" threads here on the forum have said the company is phasing in the introductions of the gluten-free Chex cereals. That's exactly what I've seen here in the DFW area, ie. it's not happening all at once. What I have noticed, is when they finally introduce one, it's clearly marked GLUTEN FREE in big letters on the front of the box. There is no mistaking it.

IMO, It makes things confusing when we have multiple threads on the same topic. On some forums I frequent, the moderators will redirect new threads to the appropriate topic. For instance, how many new Mcdonalds fries threads are we going to have?

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