My Integrity

cheerios

I felt the need to make a post today about my views.

I consider myself to be a Celiac Advocate, and will state my views on certain products and their gluten free labelling in other countries (*cough cough* Cheerios).

However, I am an Admin in a gluten free recipe group where members often post recipes using gluten free products that are not necessarily Celiac safe. I ALWAYS state my views on whether these items are Celiac safe, because that’s where my heart lies. I will NEVER recommend a product that I don’t believe to be Celiac safe. It’s a gluten free recipe group that welcomes people from ALL walks of the gluten free lifestyle, Celiac or not. So while I may be cringing inside because it isn’t something that I would recommend for a Celiac person, it’s not a Celiac recipe group. All I can do is state that the product isn’t Celiac safe. My thoughts/views do not always coincide with my fellow admins, and that’s ok. I will always go to bat for my Celiac followers, and make sure that I advocate for them first. I will state whether a product is safe for them to consume.

I had someone question my integrity today in said group, and it had me thinking about whether I was being true to myself, and my beliefs. I’ve come to the conclusion that I am…I’m still able to bring awareness to the community about whether a recipe/ingredient is Celiac safe, and I’m in a position to provide correct, scientific information from reputable sources. I just have to come to terms that not everyone in that group is Celiac, so what is bad for us may not be bad for others.

Bottom line is that I will always look out for the Celiac community first. I will continue to advocate for them, and provide good, reputable sources of information with scientific studies and testing.

I hope I haven’t bored you to tears, and that you continue to follow my pages for recipes and products. Please feel free to comment your thoughts, and have a wonderful day!

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Jill Alleva says:

    I wish I had seen this post a month ago. I was eating Cheerios, labeled “Gluten Free.” After eliminating every other possible food that might have glutened me, I discovered that it was Cheerios causing me to be sick. Hopefully your blog post will prevent someone else from getting sick. 😊

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    1. Thanks Jill. I’ve often talked about how unsafe they are, and how I wish that the USA would take the same stance as the CCA when it comes to Cheerios. Here in Canada, General Mills were asked to voluntarily remove their gluten free label, as the CCA didn’t feel that their product met the standards for gluten free. This was primarily because of their “sorting method” used to separate the oats from the wheat. Here in Canada, we prefer the Purity Protocol approach for oats. If you want to read more about it, you can find some info in the below links!

      https://www.celiac.ca/439-2/

      https://www.celiac.ca/gluten-free-claim-removed-general-mills-cheerios-sold-canada/

      https://www.glutenfreewatchdog.org/news/oats-produced-under-a-gluten-free-purity-protocol-listing-of-suppliers-and-manufacturers/

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