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You would think after being Gluten Free for 7 years I would have my diet totally under control and
NEVER get contaminated!
Well, in fact it is the opposite. I was more â€˜Gluten Freeâ€™ in my first few years than I am today!
You see as I learn to live with my Gluten Free diet and rarely have any symptoms, I begin to get relaxed and comfortable with my regular brands and products. A perfect example is yesterday. I was buying some groceries for my work lunches this week at my regular grocery store, when I noticed that Rice Cakes were on special. My usual choice of butter popcorn was already sold out, so not being able to decide between White Cheddar or Tomato and Basil; I decided I would just get both.
Today I opened the packet of Tomato and Basil and was delighted how tasty they were. I was already planning the toppings I would add for lunch when I started to take notice at how much flavouring they were coated in and I began to wonderâ€¦ hhmm maybe these are not Gluten Free? I was so tempted to just take another bite and claim ignorance, but I seam to be doing this a lot lately so decided to take my own advice and do some research.
This is what I found on the Quakers Canada Website in the FAQ -
13. Do you have any gluten-free products?
â€¢ Although The Quaker Oats Company of Canada primarily produces products that are grain-based, we do have a few gluten-free products. Most flavours of QuakerÂ® Rice and Corn Cakes and QuakerÂ® Crispy Minis Rice Chips are gluten free. However, our newest flavour of QuakerÂ® Rice Cakes, Savoury Tomato & Basil, is not gluten free. GatoradeÂ® Thirst Quencher, Aunt JemimaÂ® Syrups and QuakerÂ® Corn Meal are all gluten free. QuakerÂ® Puffed Rice is also considered gluten free; however, as is produced on the same production line as Puffed Wheat, there is a minute chance of cross contamination. Due to changes which might occur to the product formula, it is important to check our ingredient listing regularly.
Doh! I was so upset with them for making a rice product and then adding yeast to it!!! Why I ask why!!! But on top of that I was angry and frustrated with myself. I know better than not to read the label on a product, especially a new flavour.
So Suziâ€™s new rule is:
â€œAlways check the ingredients labels on new flavours and products, but to also check the products I eat regularly, because you never know then they change the ingredients and what is gluten free one day, may not be the next!â€