So it happened. Last week I ate gluten without knowing it.What does that mean for me? Severe stomach pain, lasting about 3-4 days, relentless fatigue, aches in my joints, mood swings, and difficulty eating.
The thing is, I couldn’t figure out what was the culprit. I’d been diligent about reading labels, checking everything I bought twice before adding it to the cart. Later, I found out that an ingredient in one of my new favorite recipes (Healthy and Delicious Gluten-Free Energy Bites) contains trace amounts of gluten: Rice Crispies cereal!
The culprit ingredient in this cereal is malt. After some research on the internet, I found that Kellogg’s has not released a statement or any sort of warning on their labels about this ingredient.
While it many only contain trace amounts of this gluten-laced malt, sometimes that’s all it takes to make someone really sick. Some people have allergies to gluten that can be deadly– reactions far worse than I’ve described above. These people cannot be in contact with ANY sort of food or products that contain gluten, or their lives are put at risk.
The fact that Kellogg’s has refused to include a statement about their cereal containing gluten is dangerous and irresponsible. The FDA requires that food companies list gluten-related ingredients on their labels at certain levels of containment, but are these levels and guidelines good enough? People are still being affected. Perhaps it’s time for these laws to be reevaluated.
What do you think? Comment below with your thoughts on this matter. I can’t wait to read them and keep this conversation going!