These cereals are found in the normal cereal section of UK supermarkets and although include ‘Barley Malt Extract’ in their ingredients, they contain a low enough level of gluten that they keep within the Codex standard of what they consider to be a safe amount for those of us with coeliac disease to consume. Barley is still listed in the ingredients but they are thought to be suitable for people following a gluten free diet. This information comes from Coeliac UK and it is their opinion that if you travel to the UK and require your cereal to be gluten free then you can eat these varieties.
There is certainly a debate between coeliacs in the UK on whether or not these cereals which contain ‘barley malt extract’ are safe for coeliacs or not. Some coeliacs eat them and feel fine whilst other don’t because either they are freaked out at the thought of a product which includes barley or they have tried them and gotten sick in the past.
ASDA: Choco Snaps, Cornflakes, Frosted Flakes, Honey Nut Corn Flakes and Rice Snaps.
SAINSBURYS: Choco Snaps, Cornflakes, Frosted Flakes, Honey Nut Corn Flakes and Rice Pops.
SOMERFIELD: Choco Rice, Cornflakes, Crisp Rice, Frosted Flakes and Honeynut Cornflakes
TESCO: Rice Snaps, Choco Snaps, Cornflakes, Honey Nut Corn Flakes
MORRISONS are also included in this category but they have changed their product names a few times so I need to double check which of their cereals are still considered safe for coeliacs under the new legislation.
When I was first diagnosed and discovered this information I went back to eating a few of these ‘normal’ cereals much to the joy of my tastebuds and my wallet.
(2009) Things are going well so far and I haven’t felt glutenated but I will keep you updated in case things change. It feels a little disconcerting to be eating something I know contains ingredients I didn’t think I could ever have again even if it is my favourite food ever! If you have any experience positive or negative with eating these cereals then please share your thoughts…..
UPDATE: April 2012. Whilst these cereals continue to include barley malt extract as an ingredient (I’m not sure why they can’t get rid of it!) they are still considered safe for Coeliacs under the new labelling legislation passed at the beginning of 2012. If you’re in the UK and looking for safe products, including cereals, your best bet is to check out the Coeliac UK Food and Drink Directory for the most up-to-date information and listings of safe, gluten free products.
ANOTHER UPDATE: May 2012. Personally I would be a little nervous to eat these cereals (I think the Barley Malt Extract just freaks me out!) and I tend to stick with safer gluten free cereals such as these when I’m back home in the UK but at the same time I do trust Coeliac UK and their judgement so perhaps I will try these cereals again in the future.
Do you eat these supermarket brand ‘gluten free’ cereals? Have you had a possible or negative experience with them? Please share your thoughts in the comments below..
Happy gluten free cereal eating!