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FiveSecondWarning

Suspect my gluten-free granola has just glutened me

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I am usually very wary of oats, but there was a delicious-looking, reassuringly expensive box of granola on sale in a very pukka health food store that said that it contained oats which were gluten-free, so I bought it.  Big sign on box saying contents were gluten-free.  But I've just been glutened after eating a portion of this granola and absolutely nothing else except the milk I added to it.   I was 100% fine before eating.  I am just kicking myself at voluntarily having let myself in for about 48 hrs of feeling lethargic, having an embarrassingly rumbly tummy and knowing I will need the lavvy frequently and very urgently.  Am I unique in this regard?  I find my celiac disease is completely under control so long as I stick to unprocessed foods which I know are gluten-free.

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18 minutes ago, FiveSecondWarning said:

.  Am I unique in this regard? 

No not at all! I recently treated myself to some gluten free muesli, part of Aldis coeliac month promotion. I don't normall have oats now, at least not in cereal form. Anyway I don't know whether there was some gluten or if I just reacted to the oats but I had a reaction. For me it's typically neurological, so tummy wasn't so bad, but I did kick myself for letting my guard down somewhat. 

Pity because I really enjoyed the muesli and I bought the granola too, though didn't try that after the reaction to the muesli...

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33 minutes ago, Jmg said:

No not at all! I recently treated myself to some gluten free muesli, part of Aldis coeliac month promotion. I don't normall have oats now, at least not in cereal form. Anyway I don't know whether there was some gluten or if I just reacted to the oats but I had a reaction. For me it's typically neurological, so tummy wasn't so bad, but I did kick myself for letting my guard down somewhat. 

Pity because I really enjoyed the muesli and I bought the granola too, though didn't try that after the reaction to the muesli...

First off Aldi is really bad with gluten in gluten free products they had over 4 recalls in the past year for these issues. Second its oats, I love them but they hate me as being one of the 10% that react to them.

THERE are alternatives, Julian Bakery has a sale on Pro Granola right now a oat free granola, UNGranola is another option.

https://julianbakery.com/shop/?fwp_product_categories=granola-cereal

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You are NOT unique (well...not in terms of describing your reaction to the granola).  I do best (less risk for exposure) on a whole foods diet too.  You could be reacting to the oats.  Were they certified or dedicated grown oats?  I am sure General Mills is considering or is already selling their mechanically sorted oats to other gluten free suppliers.  This is just a wild guess in my part.  I have no facts, but when I was brainstorming during marketing meetings, we were always trying to think of ways sell some of our by-products to another industry or even our competitors (private labeling).  Maybe General Mills needs to off set their Research and Development costs.   Just sayin.........?

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Thanks for feedback, everyone.  Box says 'Made in England' and 'gluten free OATS' highlighted in bold, adding that allergens are in bold.  So I think that's a bit ambiguous as box also says it's certified gluten-free.  Unless you can be a non-coeliac who is allergic to oats...   Don't want to say what brand as I don't think it's fair - I've just gotten rid of all my other unopened boxes of breakfast cereals containing oats and don't want to pick on the manufacturer of the box of cereal which I just happened to open first.

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9 minutes ago, FiveSecondWarning said:

Thanks for feedback, everyone.  Box says 'Made in England' and 'gluten free OATS' highlighted in bold, adding that allergens are in bold.  So I think that's a bit ambiguous as box also says it's certified gluten-free.  Unless you can be a non-coeliac who is allergic to oats...   Don't want to say what brand as I don't think it's fair - I've just gotten rid of all my other unopened boxes of breakfast cereals containing oats and don't want to pick on the manufacturer of the box of cereal which I just happened to open first.

10% of celiacs react to oats in a very similar fashion to gluten. EVEN if gluten free. I get the the rumblys and minor nerve/brain fog if I even get a bit of CC from oats. I used to use gluten-free harvest oats, they triple check their oats, have their own dedicated farms, and the company is owned by a celiac family.  I had to stop using them even in my bakery due to reaction issues.

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