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Double Check

As I was jogging along on the treadmill this morning, peacefully reading my new Runner’s World magazine and drooling over the pretty new running shoes, I caught a glimpse of a story coming on the news about the gluten-free diet.  The premise was “The New Diet Trend”.  I wish I could have heard the piece because it infuriates me when people call the gluten-free diet a “trend” and bill it as the new greatest weight lost plan.  I’ll get back to that in a minute, but first, I need to rant about the Kellogg’s Corn Flakes recommendation.  While I didn’t hear the story, I did read it on closed captioning and they were talking about safe foods….fruits, salads, corn, etc.

It is true, there is no wheat in Kellogg’s Corn Flakes.  There is, however, malt flavoring, which comes from barley, which is gluten.  I have tried to find the video online to share, but was unable to locate it.

Kellogg’s Corn Flakes® cereal

Ingredients

MILLED CORN, SUGAR, MALT FLAVORING, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, SALT, IRON, NIACINAMIDE, SODIUM ASCORBATE AND ASCORBIC ACID (VITAMIN C), PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B6), RIBOFLAVIN (VITAMIN B2), THIAMIN HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B1), VITAMIN A PALMITATE, FOLIC ACID, VITAMIN B12 AND VITAMIN D. TO MAINTAIN QUALITY, BHT IS ADDED TO PACKAGING.

This reinforces, more than ever, the need to always read labels.  It doesn’t matter if you have eaten the product for years.  It doesn’t matter if it says “gluten-free” on the front, as I have seen that claim on the front and the ingredient list on the back has listed wheat.  Only you are responsible for you. 

Now, back to the diet trend.  As I have said repeatedly on my blog – a diet is what you make it.  You can make it healthy, or you can make it unhealthy.  Can you lose weigh on the gluten-free diet?  Sure, just as you can lose weight on just about any diet out there.  There was even a guy who lost weight on “The Twinkie Diet”.

Okay, rant over.  Now I can get on with my Friday.

8 comments to Double Check

  • Joni

    noticing your gluten free eateries…we avoid chik fil a because of sugar and peanut oil in everything! it's always caused problems for my son and many of his sensitive friends, FYI.

  • Marisa H

    I'm doing a gluten free diet "cleanse"…..for the rest of my life!! ;)

    • Brenda-Lee

      One would have to ask Kelloggs directly what kind of malt flavouring is used in their cereal. Malting is a process and is not limited to barley. There is rice malt commonly used as well. Not saying you are wrong, just it might not be barley and one can't know without contacting the manufacturer. It also varies from country to country. It might be barley in the US and rice in Australia, so be sure to check with the manufacturer in your own country.

  • Sadly, I think gluten-free living is kind of a "trend" now… and while in some ways it makes things better for those who have true reason to avoid gluten (more products on the market), it is also making it more likely that these manufacturers/restaurants don't understand the seriousness that comes with producing these products properly. But there are a lot of people that grab onto things hoping it is a "quick fix" (although, how they could think that going gluten-free would be an easy and simple thing to do for weight loss in our culture is beyond me!)

    Periodic ranting is good for us! :-)

  • Beth

    I saw the clip this morning and immediately sent a rather scathing email to the station. The story was infuriating for someone with a legitimate reason to be GF because it was so poorly researched. It was like they knew they were doing a story about GF diets and raiding the vending machine for props. In addition to suggesting we all have a bowl of Kellogg's Corn Flakes for breakfast, they also touted the potential weight-loss benefits of a gluten free diet. I'm guessing they didn't know a lot of GF breads contain a couple different types of processed starch…or that if you actually have a need to be GF you will often gain weight when it's removed from your diet…or that GF "replacement" foods are often much higher in calories than the original…etc.

  • Stacey

    It seems that GF is the new trend, much like "low carb" was, and before that "low sugar" and "low fat" – those were the labels every food "had" to have. Unfortunately, nobody ever got incredibly sick if a company lied about how many carbs were in their product.

  • It's funny because I've actually gained weight after going gf. I guess I wasn't getting the nutrients I needed. I'm now at my ideal weight and am much healthier and happier after going gf.

    I also agree with you about people calling it a trend. I get so mad when someone says that to me. I guess if the diet keeps me from getting sick…then I'll follow this 'trend' until it's no longer trendy ;)

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