The Gluten Free Cheerios Saga – Part One

The first dance has started.  Gluten free Cheerios are staring at me from across the counter.  ‘Eat me,’ I hear the quiet calling…

My husband is the more risk taking celiac in our household.  Work events, questionable items… he’s more inclined to take a gamble.  I can always tell when he’s come home glutened.  He turns white and loses his color.  He spends extra time near the bathroom.  It can be pretty significant.

So when it came to gambling… I thought, well, why not?  He’s been asking about the gluten free Cheerios for some time and I don’t think he’s been privy to all the community drama surrounding them.  Let’s experiment.  He knows this is happening.  He’s okay with it.  He was more bummed that I didn’t find the Lucky Charms ones for him to try.

In case you aren’t familiar with the drama, General Mills is using a proprietary way of “cleaning” the oats.  Oats are naturally gluten free but typically cross contaminated with wheat and barley in the harvesting process.  General Mills is not using certified gluten free oats but rather sorting and cleaning up the cross contamination.  This can definitely be intimidating for those of us with gluten problems.

On the other side of the coin, some people will cross-react to oat proteins regardless of the gluten. This is definitely something to consider before you try the cereal.  If you react to oat, there’s no way to know if you’re reacting to gluten or to oats in the box. Neither of us has been sensitive to oats.  We’ve been eating Chex Gluten Free Oat and Berries cereal and never seemed to have a problem.

My husband, in his fearless sort of way, filled his bowl and started chomping down.  Of course, after telling me again I should stop buying cereal puffs because puffs never get any love from anyone.

He didn’t explode.

He didn’t pass out.

He didn’t turn white.

In fact, he felt well enough to keep teasing me and even said he forgot that Honey Nut Cheerios tasted like Lucky Charms without the marshmallows.  Priorities.

Gluten Free Watch Dog’s last tests came up well below 20ppm gluten.  (If you haven’t seen those, totally worth the follow).  As I’ve posted before, 20ppm is the FDA regulated number for labeling a product as a Gluten Free product.

Me?  I waited until he left for work and danced around the boxes.  I opened one and ate two or three Cheerios after much self-coaxing.  The struggle is real.  I forgot how good Cheerios tasted.  I didn’t even remember what to expect.  I considered pouring a whole bowl.  No, too risky.  I tried a few from the box of Frosted Cheerios.  Also yummy.  Still too risky.  I decided I will wait until he gets another meal in and see how he feels when he comes home… and if it’s safe? I’ll try them tomorrow.

More to come.

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