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Celiac.com 10/10/2016 - Good news for anyone on a gluten-free diet who misses their beloved Lucky Charms breakfast cereal. Lucky Charms joins a number of General Mills' other brands with gluten-free versions, including Chex and Cheerios. In this case, the company turned an old brand into a gluten-free product. Like Cheerios, Lucky Charms are made from oats, which are gluten-free, except that most major commercial oat supplies have minor, but problematic, amounts of other grains. To solve that, General Mills has created a process that sorts "out the small amount of wheat, rye and barley in our supply of whole oats that are inadvertently introduced at the farms where the oats are grown, or during transportation of the whole oats to our mill," according to the company. General Mills has applied for patents on their unique sorting process that ensures General Mills’ gluten-free cereals meet the FDA's strict guideline for gluten free, said Emily Thomas, senior marketing manager for Lucky Charms in a press release. One advantage of General Mills sorting process is that it allows the company to formulate gluten-free options without altering their recipes, or changing their flavor. One thing consumers can count on, says Thomas, is that “…the recipe won't change. It will maintain the same great, magically delicious taste that Lucky Charms fans love." Read more: Investopedia
Danna Korn posted an article in Kids and Celiac DiseaseThis article originally appeared in the Summer 2004 edition of Celiac.com's Journal of Gluten-Sensitivity. Celiac.com 06/08/2010 - At first, a diagnosis of celiac disease can be daunting, to say the least, and for some people, even devastating. It means giving up some of your favorite foods—pastas, breads, pizzas, cakes, cookies, and pretzels—at least as you used to know them. So why should you consider yourself lucky if you’ve been diagnosed with celiac disease? Because you’ve been given the key to better health. Okay, so I’ve never been good at saving the punch line for the end. It’s true, though, you DO have the key to better health: A gluten-free diet. Still not feeling like you just won the lottery? Well, consider this: Celiac disease is the most common genetic disease of humankind—yet for every person diagnosed with celiac disease, 140 go undiagnosed. They may still suffer from gastrointestinal distress, headaches, depression, joint pain, or other symptoms. Many are told they have “irritable bowel syndrome,” fibromyalgia, or chronic fatigue syndrome—and that there’s nothing that can be done for them. “Go forth and live your life in misery,” is, in essence, their lifetime sentence. You, however, know that simply a dietary modification (no, I didn’t say a “simple dietary modification,” and you’re probably acutely aware of the difference) is the key to better health. The gluten-free diet is a medical necessity for our family, but it is also a healthy way of life. Sometimes I used to think, “If only I could not have to worry about making tonight’s meal gluten-free, I’d make…” What? What would I make?!? Would I make macaroni and cheese from a box? Ick! Would I make spaghetti? So what! The gluten-free stuff is just as good these days. Would I make a quick trip to Kentucky Fried Chicken or a pizza place? Oh, now there’s a healthy meal (well okay, every now and then maybe!). People often tell me they find the cost of the gluten-free diet to be prohibitive. True, the cost of a loaf of gluten-free bread could buy you an entire meal in some restaurants…but think of this: What if your condition required prescription medication? The cost of even some of the cheapest medications could buy (at least) a loaf of gluten-free bread each day. We are fortunate to live in a time when celiac awareness is at an all-time high. Gluten-free foods are delicious and readily available (even the “PollyDanna” in me couldn’t have said that with so much conviction 13 years ago when we first began this lifestyle!). These days, customer service reps on the other end of the toll-free lines at food companies actually know what we’re talking about when we ask if their products are gluten-free. Excellent cookbooks and resource books abound, as do support groups and seminars. Yes, if you’ve been diagnosed with celiac disease, you can consider yourself lucky for a number of reasons. If you’ve read my books or heard me speak, you know my mantra, so sing it with me now: “Deal with it…don’t dwell on it!” Before long, you too will realize how very lucky you are.
Jefferson Adams posted an article in Conferences, Publicity, Pregnancy, Church, Bread Machines, Distillation & BeerCeliac.com 07/06/2015 - In what is basically a response to falling cereal sales and rising gluten-free demand, General Mills has announced plans to add Lucky Charms to its stable of gluten-free cereals. The release is part of a $712 million capital investment that will include five gluten-free Cheerios varieties this summer, and gluten-free Lucky Charms later this year. Kendall Powell, chief executive of General Mills, said about 30% of consumers were interested in gluten-free foods, and that taking a number of popular cereals gluten-free was part of a plan to draw those people back to the cereal aisle. The company projects that the addition of gluten-free Cheerios and Lucky Charms will help push gluten-free products to half of total cereal sales and 17% of total category sales. General Mills has been testing the gluten-free market since debuting Gluten-free Rice Chex in 2008. Time will tell if gluten-free versions of popular General Mills cereals will be enough to boost slumping cereal sales and improve the company's outlook. In the meantime, gluten-free eaters are once again the beneficiaries. What do you think about gluten-free Lucky Charms? Magically delicious gluten-free news?