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Ive been gluten free for about a month now. I've not knowingly consumed anything containing gluten. Then this evening I went to buy a new box of rice Krispies. I noticed the ricicles and wondered whether they too, were gluten free. One of the ingredients is barley malt extract, damn. Curiously, i checked the ingredients of the rice krispies and to my amazement they also contained barley malt extract!!!

At the start of the diet, I researched rice Krispies and found several websites that claimed rc were fine for celiacs. I did some more research and found an article by kellogs, which showed that rc were essentially gluten free. Stupid me, didn't check the ingredients after that.

Ive been eating s couple of bowls a day. I know they're not a great source of nutrition but a nice easy breakfast and supper. My diet prior, contained quite a bit of wheat/gluten, so I'm struggling to find gluten free foods I enjoy. I always ensure I eat one good meal a day though as wellas take a good multiple vitamin.

Anyhow I've not felt any less fatigued since starting the diet, could the rice krispies be holding me back? Needless to say I wont be eating them again. Can any of you eat rc, without issues? Could my continued fatigue be purely because Ive not been on th diet long enough? And perhaps rc really are ok?

What are your thoughts?

Thanks :)

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Ive been gluten free for about a month now. I've not knowingly consumed anything containing gluten. Then this evening I went to buy a new box of rice Krispies. I noticed the ricicles and wondered whether they too, were gluten free. One of the ingredients is barley malt extract, damn. Curiously, i checked the ingredients of the rice krispies and to my amazement they also contained barley malt extract!!!

Could my continued fatigue be purely because Ive not been on th diet long enough?

I would think so.

Ditch the krispies and see how you feel. I haven't been eating them, so I can't comment on whether they cause problems but if not gluten-free< I would suggest you stay away. As well, I see you have not been on the diet that long. It can take a while to heal. So a combo of nasty krispies and short time on the diet can be the cause, definitely.

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I had the same problem with Corn Pops. When I started the diet in the spring, that ingredient list looked safe to me. I had improved enough from dumping the other gluten that I didn't notice much at first but after a week or two my symptoms started coming back. Dropped the Corn Pops and I improved again. The first month or two was an adventure.

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thanks guys, they're officially ditched. Vie purchased some gluten free corn flakes. Wow the gluten free alternatives are 3x the price here for 1/3 the amount. What annoys me, is that keloggs have a great opportunity with corn flakes and rice krispies, to make them gluten free, I'm certain the barley extract isn't essential. Its a big shame.

I might even write to them, it's worth a shot.

You're right, this is certainly an adventure alright! I'm glad we've got places like this to share our experiences and wisdom.

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Sorry you found out the hard way that rice Kripsies are NOT gltuen free. You really should check the ingredients of things everytime you buy because they sometimes change the formula. Something that used to have no gluten added may change at anytime to include gluten. Although I don't think that's the case here. I think they have never been safe.

Try Rice Chex or Corn Chex instead. They say "gluten Free" right on the front. Or if you really want a gluten free cereal similar to Rice cripies you can try these: http://www.usmillsinc.com/usmills/productview_description.php?id=143

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i have two spice mixes from Club House-both called Tex Mes One Step seasoning and one has hydrolyzed wheat protein in it and the other doesn't. I was SO mad at myself for screwing that up, should have known better but still...grrrrrr....

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I was SO mad at myself for screwing that up, should have known better but still...grrrrrr....

Oh, don't feel bad, I've done it, too! :rolleyes: I've been g.f. since March, and at first I was fanatical about checking every label. But after several months, I would start forgetting! Not sure why....maybe it's because if I get glutened, there's little or no reaction. The reason I know this is because in July, my d.i.l. accidentally glutened me with home made sandwich spread, which she forgot she'd put wheat flour in until after I'd taken a bite! :o But I didn't have much reaction at all, just one quick trip to the bathroom.

So my dumb thing was taking a multi and extra Vit. C....both of which, a couple of months later, I found out (when I finally remembered to read the labels, duh) had wheat (multi) and barley grass (Vit. C).

As for the R.C.'s, I used to eat an organic brown rice version of them....I think it might have been Natural Directions brand but not positive. Anyway, I was really irritated to discover (this was when it was all new and I read labels faithfully!) that it, too, had barley malt. And I was thinking the same thing, WHY, for crying out loud? If they took the damn stuff out, no one would know the difference! :angry:

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thanks guys, they're officially ditched. Vie purchased some gluten free corn flakes. Wow the gluten free alternatives are 3x the price here for 1/3 the amount. What annoys me, is that keloggs have a great opportunity with corn flakes and rice krispies, to make them gluten free, I'm certain the barley extract isn't essential. Its a big shame.

Kellogg's did exactly that with Rice Chex. They reformulated them to be gluten-free and kept the price the same.

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I've just emailed Kelloggs, probably in vain, but at least I've got it off my chest. It was sent from my iPad, so likely full of typos haha.

This complaint is largely about Kelloggs as a company. Whom I've been a huge fan of, for all my life.

I was recently diagnosed with celiacs disease. I knew Kelloggs cater for all sorts of groups, even ensure their foods are "kosher". So I was sure your ricekrispies would be gluten free. I mean they're made from rice! But you've completely missed the opportunity to help a massive number of people, by including barley malt extract as an ingredient.

I'm certain there are alternatives to barley malt extract, that would then leave your rice krispies gluten free.

I know in the US you have a variety of gluten free options, but it appears the UK team don't see value in offering them here. Maybe you're a little too focused on offering 50 varieties of cocopops these days?

It appears you've made zero effort to accommodate celiacs, which really saddens me. You've certainly lost a lifetime fan.

I really hope you consider making some of your cereals gluten free.

Regards,

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Kellogg's did exactly that with Rice Chex. They reformulated them to be gluten-free and kept the price the same.

Just wanted to make a correction . . . General Mills is the maker of the Chex cereal. We've seen a real effort behind General Mills getting into the gluten free market (they also distribute the Betty Crocker brand).

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What really gets me is that these same cereals 20-50 years ago contained exactly what you'd expect (corn, crispy rice) and nothing more. Twinkies for example contain high fructose corn syrup now just because it's available (let the obesity epidemic begin; ever wonder why your mom ate junk food in college and stayed perfectly healthy while we would gain a few pounds from eating 2 Twinkies a week?)

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Just wanted to make a correction . . . General Mills is the maker of the Chex cereal. We've seen a real effort behind General Mills getting into the gluten free market (they also distribute the Betty Crocker brand).

Oh, thanks! That makes sense that they're making both Chex and Betty Crocker.

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I feel your pain! I also find it ridiculous that they could easily leave malt out and make it gluten free :(

Of course I've had malt-less "popped rice" and it tasted pretty bland, so maybe that's their secret ingredient...

Apparently Kelloggs have done testing on their cereals, and rice crispies falls under 5ppm gluten, which allows it to meet "gluten free" standards. Whether you want to take the risk and still eat it is up to you, but it could definately be keeping you from full healing.

Personally I don't take the chance :)

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Hi guys we don't have any of those cereals here in th UK. We have tons of variety but none of he keloggs gluten free variety, which is a shame.

I agree in your frustration!!

None of the Kelloggs are gluten-free in the UK , - they all seem to contain 'Barley Malt'. I believe it's the 'barley wash' that makes their cereal more crispy?

...and I agree! - a missed opportunity for Kelloggs.

At the moment my son eats 'Gorilla Munch'in the mornings but at £2.75 a small box it ain't cheap!! dry.gif

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...... was taking a multi and extra Vit. C....both of which, a couple of months later, I found out (when I finally remembered to read the labels, duh) had wheat (multi) and barley grass (Vit. C).

Unless I'm mistaken, I seem to recall wheat grass as not containing gluten. Not sure about barley grass. Anyone? The gluten is in the sprouts or grains, which are the plants seeds, not the grass part. I'm guessing they use the blades of grass before the grains emerge. I'm not sure though.

best regards, lm

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Unless I'm mistaken, I seem to recall wheat grass as not containing gluten. Not sure about barley grass. Anyone? The gluten is in the sprouts or grains, which are the plants seeds, not the grass part. I'm guessing they use the blades of grass before the grains emerge. I'm not sure though.

best regards, lm

Technically those are gluten free but many of us do react to them. Including myself, I might as well eat a slice of wonder bread, it has the same effect, as I learned the hard way.

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thanks guys, they're officially ditched. Vie purchased some gluten free corn flakes. Wow the gluten free alternatives are 3x the price here for 1/3 the amount. What annoys me, is that keloggs have a great opportunity with corn flakes and rice krispies, to make them gluten free, I'm certain the barley extract isn't essential. Its a big shame.

I might even write to them, it's worth a shot.

You're right, this is certainly an adventure alright! I'm glad we've got places like this to share our experiences and wisdom.

Look for Chex cereals. They say in big letters right on the front box which are gluten free...and they are the "normal" price.

I know lots around here have talked about finding alternatives, so I am certain they are not safe. I have noticed in the last 3 months (since going gluten-free) there are many "normal" products which specifically state gluten free. I haven't found a yoplait product that hasn't been labeled gluten-free, and all the Old Wisconsin sausage products have gluten-free at the end of their ingrediant list if not listed elsewhere on the product.

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Hi All!

I am still new to this site, I started with a post a short time ago. I was drawn to this posting when I saw "Rice Krispies". I too, have been eating them. Didn't know they contained gluten. Here's my question: How on earth, are people like me, supposed to know

that food such as Rice Krispies are a "No NO", when there's

nothing on the label about gluten? I didn't have a glue that

"Malt" was a gluten factor?

This is exactly why I said to the dietician that it's so hard!!!

So many don't understand. I feel like an idiot. Here I thought

I was doing good. Please tell me, I think I read it in a post,

but is it true that Cocoa Pebbles are Gluten-free?

I am aware that the Chex Cereals are, but I'm so burned out

on them.

Sorry to whine and complain, but this has really been a

challenge for me. If you will read my first post, you will

learn more.

Anxiously awaiting responses...... :unsure:

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The easy/difficult answer is to eat whole foods, and foods you've prepared yourself. Eat what grew from the earth or swam in the ocean or was layed in an egg or used to eat grass. (Protien). Add that to something that was a root (onion, potato, radish, etc.) or grew on a plant or vine (bean, pea, berries, melons, lots of rice mixed with bits of this and that. And if you can grow your own herbs, add them!

You have to avoid boxes. Boxes and cans of stuff pre-processed and pre-seasoned and prepared. If you fastidiously read the labels and see there's things that you can't pronounce or immediately associate with something living, and something that isn't already on the list of things you need to avoid, you have got to ask yourself if it's worth it. Is it worth being sick?

There's still thousands of fabulous things to eat! Like instead of wierd manufactured food for breakfast, you can reheat some plain rice in the microwave and have a fried or scrambled egg over rice (or other allowable starch) with a piece of fruit or some juice on the side. It isn't as covenient as opening a box, but you'll be starting your day better. Or you can combine peanut butter and/or honey with some fruit (even plumped raisons) and rice.

I have a gluten-free crisped rice cereal, but can't currently tolerate dairy. I've felt so much better since going with cooking myself or my Dear partner cooks from real food.

Good luck!

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Hi All!

I am still new to this site, I started with a post a short time ago. I was drawn to this posting when I saw "Rice Krispies". I too, have been eating them. Didn't know they contained gluten. Here's my question: How on earth, are people like me, supposed to know

that food such as Rice Krispies are a "No NO", when there's

nothing on the label about gluten? I didn't have a glue that

"Malt" was a gluten factor?

This is exactly why I said to the dietician that it's so hard!!!

So many don't understand. I feel like an idiot. Here I thought

I was doing good. Please tell me, I think I read it in a post,

but is it true that Cocoa Pebbles are Gluten-free?

I am aware that the Chex Cereals are, but I'm so burned out

on them.

Sorry to whine and complain, but this has really been a

challenge for me. If you will read my first post, you will

learn more.

Anxiously awaiting responses...... :unsure:

It does take some time to learn the basics. Malt is derived from barley, which has gluten. The best thing you can do is try to eat fewer processed things and things with fewer ingredients. You can get a list of gluten containing ingredients here: http://www.celiac.com/articles/182/1/Unsafe-Gluten-Free-Food-List-Unsafe-Ingredients/Page1.html

When I was new I printed this list off and took it with me to the grocery store. There is also a safe list. I still have the unsafe and safe lists in a binder I made up to take with me when I travel. I also have some glutne free restaurant menus and safe product lists from certain manufacturers in the binder. Although, I still double check the ingredients on my favorite processed items every time I buy them to make sure they are still gluten free.

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