YAY!!! Gluten-free “regular” cereal!
NOTE, added May 22, 2014: This post was originally from OCTOBER, 2006. A lot has changed since then, including our own eating habits. In the post below, I was rejoicing over finding General Mills’ Dora the Explorer cereal. First, we have totally removed anything artificial — including preservatives and flavorings — from our family’s diet. Secondly, they don’t even MAKE Dora cereal any longer. Read labels. Choose your cereals carefully, even those marked “gluten-free”. For instance, most Chex flavors are gluten-free, but they are not organic, very likely contain GMO grain, and they now include BHT as a chemical preservative. We no longer purchase Chex.
One of the drawbacks of a gluten-free diet is that I can no longer buy “regular” food when it goes on sale. I used to save a good $30-40/week in coupons, sometimes more. I still do coupons, but only typically save $5-12/week with them, since I can no longer buy many of the items for which the coupons are created, since they are what we un-affectionately call “Gluten Delievery Devices,” or GDD for short.
So, for cereal (which we eat 2-3x/week), I’m often stuck buying boxes that are not on sale. When I can, I get myself up to Trader Joe’s for their smokin’ deals on EnviroKidz gluten-free cereal, but more often, I have to pay full price (about $3.99/box) for them (and other g.f. cereals).
I discovered this cereal a couple of months ago, and every time it goes on sale, I scoop up a few boxes. Last night, I was *thrilled* to buy 3 boxes of General Mills’ Dora the Explorer cereal, on sale with a coupon, so I spent only $4.25 total on them.
Now, General Mills makes no claims on the box (nor on its website) that ANY of its cereals are g.f. — they probably don’t want to open the possible cross-contamination can of worms — but all the ingredients are g.f., *and* it only has 6 g/sugar per serving, which is the same as Life, Honey Bunches of Oats, and other lower-sugar cereals. The ingredients (not counting added vitamins & minerals) are:
whole grain corn, corn meal, sugar, corn bran, modified corn starch, canola and/or rice bran oil, corn syrup, salt, cinnamon, baking soda, natural and artificial flavor
“Natural flavor” can be iffy, harboring gluten-derived or gluten-containing flavors, but the risk is pretty small.
I’m not really into kid-character-branded *anything* but Dora’s all right, and the product is fairly healthy, so… we’ll gladly partake.