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    Cheerios, Chex and Nearly One Hundred Other Top Gluten-Free Cereal Brands

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      Wondering which brands of breakfast cereals are gluten-free? Look no further.


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    Celiac.com 12/31/2020 - One question we get a lot is about gluten-free breakfast cereals. Specifically, which brands of breakfast cereals are gluten-free and safe for people with celiac disease?

    Finding a good gluten-free breakfast cereal can be a challenge. Fortunately more and more manufacturers are making gluten-free breakfast cereals, so the choices are many. Here are nearly a hundred of America's top gluten-free cereal brands. These top breakfast cereal brands are labeled "Gluten-Free." That means that you can breath extra easy about serving them to people with celiac disease.



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    Note that some cereals on this list use gluten-free oats, and ~10% of people with celiac disease also have an oat intolerance (to avenin protein), so they may also need to exclude the cereals on this list that contain oats.

    Do you have a favorite brand of gluten-free cereal that we might have missed? Share it below in the comments.

    Top brands of gluten-free breakfast cereal include the following brands and cereals:

    Annie's Gluten-Free Cereals include:

    • Organic Cinnabunnies Cereal

    Arrowhead Mills Gluten-Free Cereals include:

    • Maple Buckwheat Flakes

    Bakery on Main Gluten-Free Cereals include:

    • Almond & Vanilla, naturally flavored Granola
    • Apple Cinnamon Raisin, No Sugar Added Granola
    • Apple Pie naturally flavored Instant Oatmeal
    • Blueberry Scone naturally flavored Instant Oatmeal
    • Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Granola
    • Flax Blueberry, naturally flavored Granola
    • Instant Oatmeal Variety Pack
    • Maple Multigrain Muffin naturally flavored Instant Oatmeal
    • Organic Creamy Hot Breakfast Amaranth Multigrain
    • Organic Creamy Hot Breakfast Quinoa Multigrain
    • Organic Happy Granola Sprouted Blueberry Flax
    • Organic Happy Granola Sprouted Grains & Honey
    • Organic Happy Granola Sprouted Maple Quinoa
    • Strawberry Shortcake naturally flavored Instant Oatmeal
    • Unsweetened Instant Oatmeal

    Barbara’s Bakery Gluten-Free Cereals include:

    • Barbara’s Corn Flakes
    • Brown Rice Crisps
    • Honey Rice Puffins
    • Multigrain Puffins

    Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free Cereals include:

    • Gluten Free Oats
    • Gluten-Free Muesli
    • Maple Sea Salt Homestyle Granola
    • Lemon Blueberry Homestyle Granola
    • Lemon Blueberry Homestyle Granola
    • Coconut Spice Homestyle Granola
    • Cranberry Almond Homestyle Granola

    Erin Baker’s Gluten-Free Cereals include:

    • Coconut Chia
    • Granola Endurance Crunch with pea protein
    • Granola Chocolate Coconut Crunch
    • Granola Double Chocolate
    • Granola Double Chocolate Chunk
    • Granola Fruit & Nut
    • Granola Honey Oat Clusters
    • Granola Oatmeal Raisin
    • Granola Peanut Butter
    • Granola Peanut Butter Chocolate
    • Granola Pumpkin Seed & Flax
    • Granola Tri Berry with pea protein
    • Granola Ultra Protein Endurance Crunch
    • Granola Vanilla Almond Quinoa
    • Homestyle Granola Maple Pecan
    • Ultra Protein Peanut Butter Granola

    Erewhon Organics Gluten-Free Cereals include:

    • Cinnamon Crispy Brown Rice Gluten-Free Cereal
    • Corn Flakes Cereal
    • Crispy Rice Cereal
    • Crispy Brown Rice Gluten-free Cereal
    • Harvest Medley Gluten-Free Cereal
    • Honey Rice Twice Cereal

    Julian Bakery

    • Organic Paleo Cereal

    Kashi Gluten-Free Cereals include:

    • Go Lean Clusters
    • Indigo Morning Gluten-Free Corn Cereal
    • Simply Maize Organic Corn Cereal

    Kay’s Naturals Gluten-Free Cereals include:

    • Apple Cinnamon
    • Honey Almond
    • French Vanilla

    Nature’s Path Gluten-Free cereals include:

    • Blueberry Pecan Granola
    • Crunchy Maple Sunrise
    • EnviroKidz Panda Puffs
    • Envirokidz Turtle Splash
    • Fruit & Nut Granola
    • Fruit Juice Sweetened Corn Flakes
    • Gorilla Munch
    • Summer Berries Granola

    Kellogg's

    • Special K Touch of Brown Sugar Gluten-Free cereal
    • Other Special K products

    General Mills

    • Cheerios
    • Honey Nut Cheerios
    • Lucky Charms
    • MultiGrain Cheerios
    • Apple Cinnamon Cheerios
    • Frosted Cheerios
    • Chex Gluten-Free Cereals include:
    • Chocolate Chex
    • Cinnamon Chex Cereal
    • Corn Chex
    • Honey Nut Chex
    • Rice Chex
    • Vanilla Chex

    GoFree by Nestlé Gluten-Free cereals include:

    • Coco Rice
    • Corn Flakes
    • Honey Flakes
    • Rice Pops

    Post Gluten-Free Cereals Include:

    • Cocoa Pebbles
    • Cupcake Pebbles
    • Fruity Pebbles
    • Honey Bunches of Oats Chocolate
    • Marshmallow Pebbles

    Purely Elizabeth

    • Ancient Grain Granola

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    Guest how much protein?

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    I find a lot of different gluten free cereals on the store shelves nowadays but have trouble finding any that have a good amount of protein. Even after I add raisins and walnuts, they are still don't keep me full enough til lunch.

    Any info that includes the amounts of proteins on these cereals would be helpful.

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    Guest Dear Scott Adams,

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    Dear Scott Adams, 

    I am confused after reading your article on gluten free cereals. What I am specifically confused with is the information stating General Mills cereal is safe for people with celiac disease. To be very clear, you are saying Cheerio’s are safe to eat for people with celiac disease?

    I am aware the company General Mills states on the box it is gluten free but I have heard that further research on how the food ingredients are harvested actually causes cross contamination of gluten making the products NOT gluten free. Can you please clarify? 

    I am very concerned with the information stated in your article since it is coming from a celiac disease website.

    Thank you, 

    Melissa B

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    Melissa, may I presume to answer the question you have directed at Scott? I think the confusion is a result of misunderstanding what the term "gluten free" means in the food industry. It does not refer to an absolute "0" amount of gluten. The FDA (USA agency) uses the term to refer to food items that contain less than 20 parts per million (ppm) of gluten. There are some other international non governmental gluten free certification groups that have even stricter standards such as 10 ppm or 5 ppm. We know that some Celiacs are much more sensitive to gluten than others and for those people, 20 ppm may be enough to trigger a reaction. The General Mills gluten free cereals meet the FDA minimum standard of 20 ppm. 

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    Gluten Free Watchdog has extensively researched the process that General Mills uses in the production of Cheerios. The use of optical sorting and batch testing of a 24 hour production cycle rather than individual boxes of the product are the factors that make Cheerios not celiac safe. With batch testing, some boxes within the production lot may be significantly under 20ppm and others significantly over 20ppm, but the average falls under 20ppm. Because of this testing process, there is risk of getting a box that contains over 20ppm, which is not safe for people with Celiac.

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    Actually Gluten Free Watchdog has made no serious claims about General Mills cereals for years now, and they have failed to publish their data, which they said they would do. Instead it is behind a paid fire wall. I've heard nothing from them for years on this topic. Why can't they test 100 boxes and find 2-3 that contain gluten? Where are the lawsuits from hungry class-action law firms...General Mills has very deep pockets, and would be an easy target if claims that their cereals which are marked "gluten-free" contained over 20ppm?

    General Mills has now refined their patented technology to reduce gluten reliably to below 20ppm, but more importantly it may now do this reliably at below 10ppm. 

    Celiac.com has done multiple articles on this topic, and I'll let those articles speak for themselves:

    https://www.celiac.com/search/?&q=general mills&type=cms_records2&search_and_or=and&search_in=titles 

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    I am trying to consume very little added sugar.  Breakfast sugars are so high in sugars whether it is called cane sugar, syrup, glucose or other "-ose" sugars.  They are all bad for my health.  I would like there to be much fewer sugars in at least some of the cereals that are gluten-free.  I can add my own fruit.

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    Cheerios has been making those with celiac sick including myself that’s a fact, they are not gluten free if you research social media there are a lot of people posting about how Cheerios makes them sick from the cross contamination with gluten from the oats those people are not making that up I started a petition to get the label removed, the oats are not purity protocol oats and it’s wrong for a company to make false gluten free claims.

    On 1/6/2021 at 2:00 PM, Scott Adams said:

    Actually Gluten Free Watchdog has made no serious claims about General Mills cereals for years now, and they have failed to publish their data, which they said they would do. Instead it is behind a paid fire wall. I've heard nothing from them for years on this topic. Why can't they test 100 boxes and find 2-3 that contain gluten? Where are the lawsuits from hungry class-action law firms...General Mills has very deep pockets, and would be an easy target if claims that their cereals which are marked "gluten-free" contained over 20ppm?

    General Mills has now refined their patented technology to reduce gluten reliably to below 20ppm, but more importantly it may now do this reliably at below 10ppm. 

    Celiac.com has done multiple articles on this topic, and I'll let those articles speak for themselves:

    https://www.celiac.com/search/?&q=general mills&type=cms_records2&search_and_or=and&search_in=titles 

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    It is well known that ~10% of celiac have an oat intolerance (avenin) in addition to their celiac disease. Not everyone with celiac disease can eat oats, and many attribute this to wheat contamination/gluten reactions, which is incorrect. 

     

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    On 1/5/2021 at 3:30 AM, Guest how much protein? said:

    I find a lot of different gluten free cereals on the store shelves nowadays but have trouble finding any that have a good amount of protein. Even after I add raisins and walnuts, they are still don't keep me full enough til lunch.

    Any info that includes the amounts of proteins on these cereals would be helpful.

    You could try granola or heartier cereals; I buy Inno brand cereal AND granola, and Nature's Path Coconut Cashew Butter Granola, all from Costco and all labeled Gluten-Free.

     

    On 1/6/2021 at 11:45 AM, Tucson member said:

    I am trying to consume very little added sugar.  Breakfast sugars are so high in sugars whether it is called cane sugar, syrup, glucose or other "-ose" sugars.  They are all bad for my health.  I would like there to be much fewer sugars in at least some of the cereals that are gluten-free.  I can add my own fruit.

    Plain Rice Chex has almost no sugar, and most of the gluten-free corn flake options don't either. Makes for a good start ;)

     

    Big thanks Scott Adams for the list, my wife is gonna try a couple of those!

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  • About Me

    Scott Adams was diagnosed with celiac disease in 1994, and, due to the nearly total lack of information available at that time, was forced to become an expert on the disease in order to recover. In 1995 he launched the site that later became Celiac.com to help as many people as possible with celiac disease get diagnosed so they can begin to live happy, healthy gluten-free lives.  He is co-author of the book Cereal Killers, and founder and publisher of the (formerly paper) newsletter Journal of Gluten Sensitivity. In 1998 he founded The Gluten-Free Mall which he sold in 2014. Celiac.com does not sell any products, and is 100% advertiser supported.


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