gluten-free Os cereal

gluten-free cheerios

Little Bean loves to eat.

Of course, we were hoping this would be so. She has been in the kitchen with us since she was a mere mite. Nearly everything we cook we waft under her nose, so she can experience what we are eating through smell. But there are no guarantees in this. She could have easily decided that solid foods were scary and put off the chewing until later.

(And nothing says this avid eating of nearly everything we give her will last.)

She still doesn’t have her first tooth, so the chewing is pretty gummy at the moment. Thick purees still seem best. (However, she did have some roasted pork shoulder, chopped into a paste that she seemed to really love.) Roasted sweet potatoes, crushed-up prunes, fresh avocado ย— these all make her giggle. Right now, they are enough.

But I was just starting to wonder ย— what are we going to do without Cheerios?

Right now, we don’t know if Little Bean can eat gluten. You see, there is no accessible test to determine these matters yet, as far I can tell. There is a genetic test, to see if she has the genes that can lead to celiac. But those tests are expensive, and we just can’t afford it. Even if she has the genes, she could go years eating gluten before the celiac triggers, through something mysterious like an injury, or puberty. So we don’t know.

The image of giving her gluten (“Here, honey, have a hamburger with all the fixings.”) feels like handing her the keys to the car when she’s three. I don’t want to do it.

But if she can gluten, I want her to experience all the food in the world she can eat. I want her to eat with relish and gusto, giggling as she reaches for another bite. That’s how she eats now. I want that to continue.

The only plan we have, at the moment, is to wait. No seven-month-old will languish if she doesn’t have barley cereal. Our doctor has told us that he receives an update on celiac and living gluten-free every single day, from the medical journals he reads and the conferences he attends. Maybe, by the time she is a year old, there will be a clearer path.

However, what were we going to do without little o-shaped cereal, just the right size for her fingers to grab on their own off her highchair?

Now, I don’t have to think about it. The good folks at Nature’s Path have made Organic Whole O’s. Organic brown rice flour, organic corn flour, organic granulated sugar cane juice, pomegranate juice concentrate, and sea salt ย— these are the only ingredients. They’re a heck of a lot healthier than those little chocolate chip cookies cereal. (Remember those? The only time I ate them was at 4:30 in the morning with a friend, because he had no other food in the house, and we were drunk. And I still thought they were awful.) And I actually love the crisp, oh-s0-slightly sweet taste of the Whole O’s.

This is a cereal I’ll be happy to give Little Bean. Just as soon as she has teeth.

(Any day now. Come on, little one. Pop that tooth out, please?)

41 comments on “gluten-free Os cereal

  1. Anonymous

    Hi Shauna —

    Are you coming to Natural Products Expo West next week, in Anaheim, CA? There would be tons of opportunities for you to meet with natural foods vendors and distributors and sample new GF foods… if you could get through the strict entrance requirements. If you’ll be there, yell and we can create our own little get-together with other followers of your blogs!

    -Julie who had lots of recommendations for Italy

  2. Val

    I was interested to read that you’re not giving your daughter gluten. Our daughter is 7 months old (my husband has Celiac) and we decided to introduce a little bit of Barley Cereal recently because of reading a JAMA article (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15900004) that shows a slightly decreased risk when gluten is introduced between 4-6 months. I do think that it would be difficult to not contaminate a gluten-free kitchen (which ours is other than her cereal) with a child eating something like cheerios.

  3. Sally Parrott Ashbrook

    For Little Bean, what about the poo test, to check for antigliadin . . . stuff? You can get it from http://www.enterolab.com. That’s how a lot of us get diagnosed before our villi are destroyed and/or if we don’t have traditional celiac but are still gluten intolerant.

  4. Ang

    Shauna –

    Thanks so much for the recommendation! Our household has been gluten-free since my son (now 5) was diagnosed with celiac at 18 months. We now have seven-month old triplets (!) and have been told not to introduce gluten until they are at least one year old. They are just about ready to move beyond purees, and we will definitely give these a try!

    I also want to say thank you so much for your wonderful blog – it always puts a smile on my face!

    Angela

  5. marylandceliac

    Thanks for the info. I can’t wait to try them! Before going gluten free, I used to enjoy cheerios mixed with rice krispies. Now thanks to nature’s path crispy rice and the new O’s, I can have it! It will be so nice to have another gluten free cereal to eat.

  6. Anonymous

    OK, you don’t know if she can eat gluten…but you don’t have any real reason to think she can’t! For all you know, you could be handing her “the keys to the car” the first time you give her strawberries, or milk, or fish…whatever. Why not just give her little body the benefit of the doubt, hope that she might have no dietary restrictions, and see how *she* reacts to foods. Think in terms of positive openness from the beginning. Nothing wrong with these rice O’s – but nothing wrong with barley either.

  7. Cove Girl

    YAY, I miss cheerios. I’m not a breakfast girl really at all and cereal is really all I ever liked. It’s nice to know I can return to an old standard.

    For Anonymous, post #6, obviously this is not an issue that you deal with yourself. The havoc that your body is racked with after digesting it is not fun, to say the least. Little Bean may very well be able to digest gluten at this time, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

  8. Allison the Meep

    First of all, I completely disagree with anonymous about giving her gluten. It’s not about being open minded. It’s about protecting her from the awful health problems you suffered because you didn’t know better. But now you do know, and you’re making sure that your daughter is healthy too. “…there’s nothing wrong with barley either.” Actually, there could be something hugely wrong with giving her barley. Her health could suffer, and with so many good gluten-free foods, there’s no point to introduce that to an infant’s diet.

    Rant aside, I am so excited to see these O’s. My son has been asking for Cheerios every time we go to the store, and I always have to say no….now we can get these!

  9. Farty Girl

    Don’t you love how the anonymous people leave the most critical comments?

    There is nothing wrong with feeding the child gluten, except for the fact that it will only increase the chance of contaminating your kitchen. Why do that if you don’t have to? Even though you’re a mom now, you can’t forget about your own health. If you suffer, then your daughter will suffer. I hear you, Shauna. It makes sense. Keep doing what you are doing.

    I’m not celiac, but I am gluten insensitive, and I will most likely keep gluten out of my kitchen as well! There are so many health benefits to not eating gluten. And rice, sorghum, and buckwheat can make a damn good breakfast.

    Thanks for the heads up about the cereal! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Becks

    Thanks for posting! I’m due in June and I have been thinking about this. I have celiac, and I originally thought that we would have the baby on a GF diet, until I read that babies are less likely to develop celic (even if they have a genetic predisposition to it) if they are introduced to gluten around 6 months. Case in point: I have a friend whose mom has celiac, and all seven (seven!) of her kids were given the genetic test, and only one (one!) had ambiguous results. The rest were negative. It would have been a shame to put them on an expensive and restricted diet when it’s unnecessary, especially since it’s a life-long commitment.

    Also, I know this is probably going to makes me TOTALLY unpopular with the rest of your commenters, (sorry!) but “anonymous” up there does have a point: You can’t know what food allergies/intolerances your baby has/will have until they try a food, and restricting their diet “just in case” does more harm than good: for example, they have now found that children of parents with peanut allergies are MORE likely to develop peanut allergies themselves if their parents wait until they are 2 or 3 to introduce it into their diets, as opposed to introducing it at 6 months.

    After baby James makes his appearance in April, it’s entirely possible that we may find out that he does, in fact, have celiac, but I really hope he doesn’t. Having celiac is hard, and I really miss croissants. For that matter, I also really hope he can eat shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, dairy, eggs, yeast, strawberries, pineapple, and any other “allergic” foods! But, we’ll never know if we don’t try! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Tori

    There are a few reasons to avoid gluten. (1)Lucy can’t tell anyone her stomach hurts or that whatever she just ate wasn’t right. (2) Shauna and the Chef both eat gluten free, it’s a gluten free house and it always will be. Whether or not Lucy has celiac isn’t going to change the gluten free household her parents built.

    Remember that this is Shauna’s child to parent; not yours. It’s a treat to hear about what Lucy is doing. Attacking the choices a parent makes isn’t something that anyone would do in public, so why in a public forum? If you wouldn’t say it to someone’s face than you shouldn’t post it anonymously on her blog.

  12. Shauna

    This has started a conversation, which I hoped it would. When the way is not entirely clear, it’s good to have each other’s ideas.

    This is such a personal decision, and I hope we can all respect each other’s decisions, knowing that we all want the best for our children.

    Val, thanks for the link to the JAMA article. I actually had seen it, and brought it up with my doctor. But he suggested that the sample size for that study was small enough that the difference might be statistically unimportant. He also advised us that so much has changed in terms of research in celiac since 2005 that we can wait to decide together what to do when she turns one.

    We’re also waiting until she is one to give her strawberries, citrus fruits, fish, and peanuts. We hope that she can eat everything — as I wrote here — but the research seems to suggest that one year is the best time to start giving kids those foods. We can wait five months. Strawberries are out of season anyway! And I don’t mind waiting for the truly terrifying allergies, anyway.

    It’s worth remembering — or perhaps learning, for some of you — that celiac is different than an allergy. It’s an autoimmune disorder, where the body attacks itself, sometimes silently for years, before symptoms arise. Damage can happen before we know it. I suffered with a vague feeling of unwellness and various medical maladies for decades, and no one ever suspected gluten. We want to give Little Bean every chance she has. And it’s hereditary, so Anonymous, there is much more of a chance that she will react to gluten than milk, for instance. Again, we’re talking about waiting a few months until we try.

    That’s why, Becks, we’re going to wait to try. I’m not saying she’s never going to eat gluten — of course I would prefer if she didn’t have celiac, like her papa — but a little caution doesn’t hurt. She’s an adventurous eater, and thriving.

    So that’s why we have made our decision the way we have.

  13. Kathy

    Shauna, I love your blogs. I do have some food for thought about the to give or not to give your baby gluten products. I have a wheat and dairy allergy. I started noticing the signs about 10 years ago. I have an identical twin sister that went for allergy tests yesterday, and is allergic to completely opposite things than I am. This surprised me, because I am pretty convinced that all six of my father’s children are allergic to wheat in some way… I have a 20 month year old son, and at first I had every intention of keeping his diet gluten-free, but I came to the conclusion that I would introduce him to what his daddy eats, and watch him closely…

  14. Terri

    Our little one turns 1 tomorrow. When pregnant, our ped advised us to stay away from gluten for a year. After giving birth, they encouraged us to give him gluten before 7 months.

    However, he hasn’t been gaining weight well. They did a blood test and it came back negative for celiac. Although I am hopeful for him, I am still a bit skeptical.

    That being said, I love the Happy Baby cereals at Whole Foods.

  15. Anonymous

    These little Os sound yumbo. Little Bean will be clutching them in her tiny hands in no time.

    Trust your mama intuition and wisdom. You’ve clearly lived and dined, deliciously, without missing gluten. Little Bean won’t miss it either. Who knows, when she’s old enough to experiment, maybe she’ll pen her own blog!

    Brenda
    dvschoolmarm@yahoo.com

  16. Anonymous

    I was diagnosed with Celiac when my son was about 9 so I have been able to train him about containing and managing any contamination from gluten. What I have trouble with is toddlers who come to visit. Kids in this age group are inevitably covered in crumbs from whatever they have eaten and they like nothing better than to offer you a taste of their snack by puching their fingers into your mouth. This has lead me to ask friends and family not to bring their kid’s snacks into the house and I always have GF snacks to give them. I think it is more important to have an environment in which a family can share food intimately.

  17. Anonymous

    I don’t buy the idea that kids tolerate foods better the earlier they try them. I suspect the parents who delay introduction to peanuts, for example, do so because they already have allergy issues of their own and so their children are more genetically predisposed. Baby’s digestive tracts are immature and not designed to handle solids that people slip into their formula, for example. And the more allergenic proteins tend to be, the more difficult they are to digest anyway. You can’t give a baby celiac, but you can sure give them a lot of other food sensitivities.

    just my .02

    Love this blog, btw. Thanks for sharing your life with us.
    Carolyn

  18. Jamie

    I am so happy to see the gf version of “cheerios” ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope they bring them into Canada soon.

    As for introducing gluten into your childs diet – it’s a very, very personal decision – and Shauna, you’re doing your research.

    I was diagnosed with celiac disease in 1999 and in 2001 I attended the Canadian Celiac Associations annual conference that year with guest speaker Dr. A. Fessano from the University of Maryland (one of the top researchers in the WORLD on Celiac Disease). At THAT TIME (I emphasize that because it was 2001) my husband and I were trying to start our family and I was concerned about introducing gluten to a baby’s diet because of me having celiac disease. I actually got the chance to ask him about this and his response was to NOT delay the introduction of gluten into a childs diet because by delaying it may interfere with testing, thus coming up with a inconclusive result should the parents wish to have the child tested.

    We did introduce gluten to both of our children by the age of 1. Our oldest is now 7 and is NOT celiac (she has been tested), but my youngest IS and we found out when she was 2 1/2.

    So much has changed since then, the research, the studies, the science behind it all I would probably do what Shauna is doing now and wait and see what is on the horizon in the next year as far as introducing gluten into my childs diet (again, that is just my personal opinion, but this is coming from someone who has done it the other way, too).

    Again, it’s a personal decision and YOU do what YOU believe is best for YOUR child.

    Love your blogs Shauna, thanks for the updates on the latest products.

  19. MaxJerz

    Shauna, I am so excited you posted this. Cheerios have always been one of my favorite cereals, so I was sad to give them up when I went GF. I’m going to buy some of these for myself!

    And as for your choice about Little Bean, I’m going to agree with the others and say you should trust your instincts as her mom. You’re doing exactly what you should – thinking, questioning, researching, talking. I’m confident that whatever you decide will be the best for you and your family.

    Be well,
    MJ

  20. alison@surefoodsliving

    I have celiac, with 2 of the genetic markers for it (a double whammy), which means that both of my daughters have a 100% chance of having 1 of the genetic markers for celiac (plus, my husband also has one). I have chosen to keep them gluten-free because I believe that their early years are so important for development – physical, neurological, emotional — all things that can be affected by gluten damage. Another point is that the longer the exposure to gluten for celiacs, the higher the chance to develop other autoimmune diseases, like diabetes. In fact, many children are diagnosed with diabetes first, and then it is discovered that they have celiac.
    I wrote all this a while back in a post called Why are my kids gluten-free? if you want to read more!

    As for the O’s, well, I had high hopes for them, but they taste to me just like the Nature’s Path corn flakes. Not sure what I was expecting, but maybe something not so sweet, more like cheerios.

  21. Anonymous

    Of course it’s a personal decision what you feed your child and how you handle your own household and family, given your own food sensitivities – obviously!

    I (Anonymous) was simply pointing out that there’s another possible perspective. I do have celiac disease myself, diagnosed by biopsy 20 years ago when I was 13. Personally, I’d rather my child eat all the foods available to her, as long as they work for her. Personally, I’d want to let her try and see what her body likes – at whatever age that kind of experimenting makes sense (different ages for different foods). My point is simply that there are many good – healthy – foods out there that aren’t gluten free.

  22. Ang

    I just wanted to add one more perspective to the conversation. Looking back, I can say that my son began exhibiting symptoms of celiac when he was about 15 months old. For three months we knew something was very wrong, but the doctors could not diagnose it. Because babies are growing at such a rapid rate, the effects of celiac can be much more serious. Our little guy lost three pounds during that time – that’s huge for a 1 1/2 year old! He suddenly stopped walking, and playing, and became very lethargic. And dropped from the 50th percentile in every growth category to such a low point that he was off the charts. It is heartbreaking to me to think of all the gluten I gave him, not knowing that it was making him feel so bad. He improved immediately as soon as we changed his diet, and is now incredibly healthy, and energetic! I guess my point is that celiac, in babies, can be very detrimental to their growth and development. I truly hope that my triplets will all be able to enjoy gluten in their diet, but in the meantime I choose to keep them gluten free. At one year, we will introduce gluten very slowly and keep a close eye on them. One thing we have learned from your blog, Shauna, is that gluten-free food can be just as fabulous as anything with gluten!

    Angela

  23. Crysi

    Ooh! I’ll have to see if I can find these. My 2 year old daughter is gluten free and Perky-Os just don’t cut it. They taste like cardboard.

    I think it’s very smart to avoid gluten with your little one. Adia will be gluten free until she’s around 3 and we decided to do the gluten trial and biopsy. Not looking forward to it since I know how she reacts. I’m pregnant with twins and they’ll also be gluten free until they’re at least 3.

  24. GG

    They may be gluten-free but at the bottom of the description it says – “Produced in a facility that uses wheat, peanuts, tree nuts or soy”.

  25. radmama

    I am delighted to have discovered your blog! Thank you!

    Your baby may be able to manage O’s without teeth- my first two happily devoured Cheerios and puffed millet long before their teeth popped through.

    I’ll be watching for this cereal in Canada for our third baby. My 8-month-old, almost exclusively breastfed daughter seems to react strongly to gluten.

    Puzzling out the food issue and adjusting my diet has been a challenge, but it is such a pleasure to have a pudgy, happy, sleeping baby.

    She only likes to gum rice cakes and swipe the occasional vegetable off our plates, so far.

    The rest of the family have issues with dairy and wheat, so we’re hopeful it is an allergy and not Celiac.

  26. Baby B

    I love Shauna’s blogs! I originally subscribed to Gluten-Free Girl when I found out a family member (not genetically related to me) has celiac. I am majoring in clinical nutrition, so learning about gluten-free cooking and nutrition is very useful (and interesting).
    This is a little off topic, but I have a question. Farty Girl above says that “there are so many health benefits to not eating gluten.” What are they? I understand there being clear health benefits for those who are allergic to gluten or have celiac disease. I am allergic to shrimp and possibly other crustaceans, so I understand staying the heck away from some foods! But for people without gluten issues, I can’t think of a reason why not eating gluten would be particularly beneficial, just like I can’t think of a reason why people without shellfish allergies should stay away from shellfish. Unless Farty Girl was referring to those who have gluten issues, can someone illuminate the “so many benefits”?

  27. Elaine

    Interesting column and interesting comments!

    I’ve been wondering about something else for awhile. What are your views on adding sugar, salt and seasonings to baby food? You talk about giving Little Bean table food but haven’t mentioned separating it out before seasoning the food. Awhile back you wrote about canning applesauce that had butter, sugar and other things added. Sugar is the third ingredient in this cereal.

    Sugar and salt were routinely added to baby food in the old days so that it would taste good to the parents, then it was found that babies were healthier if they ate pure foods without added flavorings. Apparently they were less likely to be overweight or have high blood pressure later if they ate what we adults would consider bland foods.

    My kids are older now and I don’t keep up with current medical knowledge on this. Has it changed in the last few years?

  28. Anonymous

    Shauna, I have been giving my daughter Rice Chex since she was Little Bean’s age and she loves them. They are just the right size for little fingers, and they are not too sweet. They dissolve quickly in milk so I imagine Little Bean could mush them up in her mouth in no time.

  29. Anonymous

    I’ve been reading in hopes of seeing how things go with your daughter. We’re expecting our first in a few weeks, and I’m terrified. ๐Ÿ˜€ I have such a list of allergies (and celiac) that I know our kid is probably doomed from the get-go. I have to forgo all powdered formulas because of my own allergies. We aren’t sure how I’ll react to liquid yet.

    I discovered Perky’Os and I seem to be able to tolerate those (even with the rice) as long as I don’t eat much of it, so we’re hoping when we get to that stage, he’ll be able to eat those. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I hope you keep posting as I would love to see how it works out for you.

  30. Anonymous

    All that hubbub and I just have one thing to say.

    If you are still nursing, be careful of what you wish for (in the area of teeth).

    ; )

    From one who has been there,
    Kelley

  31. E!

    Also – hands down one of the can’t-live-without BEST gluten free first foods – Baby Mum-Mum. Original or Veggie flavor, they’re perfect for sucking/gnawing/nibbling/mushing. I started giving them as soon as my kids were able to shove something in their mouths. (5? 6? months)

  32. Heather

    Thank you, Shauna, for posting this. I read it with interest because I have celiac and a 14 month-old daughter, and I’ve been struggling to decide what to do. First off, let me say, about the Whole Os. I was so excited to see them in the store, and I like to eat them, but they’re the only food that Susannah has consistently almost choked on. We stopped giving them to her after she once threw a bunch of them up, and they were still whole. They don’t dissolve the way Cheerios do. I think I’ll wait until she gets more teeth and is a more reliable chewer. But for the early months, I found that a rice cake (broken up) worked just as well as a Cheerio. I used the Mother’s brand, probably because I was a sucker for the name. The white rice does dissolve easier and they make them sodium-free.
    Now, about testing the babies. I am not sure what to do. I so wish she didn’t have to eat gluten to take the blood test. It wouldn’t be an issue if she weren’t in daycare. We keep a gluten-free house at home, and that’s not going to change. I don’t need Cheerios contaminating my home or on the sweet baby fingers I like to kiss. But at daycare the other babies eat Cheerios and toast and pasta, and the teachers have to be vigilent as Susannah toddles over and eats off their trays. I’d like to know how vigilent to be. Anyway, my doctor doesn’t seem as in-the-know as yours. I’ve put in a call the the Columbia celiac people, but let me know if you hear more information. And thanks for your blogging.

  33. GFE--gluten free easily

    This is always a huge discussion point. I truly believe gluten is not good for anyone. Many nutrititionists and functional medicine doctors agree and many traditional doctors will tell you how hard gluten is to digest for anyone. And people can go so many years, or forever even, with issues (silent or not) and not get that gold standard celiac diagnosis. I am not diagnosed celiac. However, had I not been diagnosed gluten intolerant by my doctor 5 1/2 years ago and gone GF, I have no idea what shape I’d be in. (Frankly, I shudder to imagine.)

    Dr. Fasano of the U of MD Celiac Center says that gluten issues are on a “continuum” and now encourages people to do what feels best for them. Obviously with very young children you can’t guage that. I don’t think it’s wrong to keep gluten out of a child’s diet. To me it’s like keeping GMOs, HFCS, and other evils out of the diet. We had a similar discussion at our support group meeting last night. Most of us don’t understand why folks are so ridiculed for deciding they want to eat GF if they have no celiac diagnosis. If people decide they want to be vegetarian or vegan, it’s accepted readily. If folks decide that citrus fruits don’t agree with them, everybody’s like oh, okay. But if we decide we don’t want to eat gluten, it’s like we’ve committed some terrible sacrilege against the standard American diet. When Chef made his restaurant all GF and everhyone ate there, nobody was harmed. Everyone ate nourishing, fabulous food and felt the better for it. Some celiac experts even talk about the unnecessary “torture” we are inflicting on our kids by feeding them GF. Hogwash. We get to choose how we eat. So many people remain plagued by health issues caused by gluten (some in invalid states–I’ve known them personally) because they don’t have a celiac diagnosis. And, it’s just criminal IMO. We have a long way to go in the testing and diagnosis of gluten issues, but in the mean time we just need to listen to our bodies and do the best we can for the little ones who can’t yet.

    I don’t eat many GF specialty foods, but it seems that the Whole O’s are a nice addition to the market and could come in handy from time to time.

    Shirley

  34. Stephanie

    Totally different line here, though I enjoyed reading the discussion: If the begging for a tooth to pop is about the O’s, check them in your mouth to see if they dissolve easily. If so, go for it.

    If it’s about the teething, I feel for you! I read on some board somewhere, and then tried myself, giving my son the stalk of a scallion when he was teething. You have to cut off the bulby part and the stringy greens, then hand them the stalk. After a week of crying much of the day and night, he only cried when I took it away from him to cut off the parts that had become stringy! (And now he’s my lover of strong foods like gorgonzola and garlic, so you’ll love that!)

    As for the rest, and the rest of the commenters, it is extremely difficult to follow your own instinct as a mother when everyone else is telling you different. Listen to advice, and take only what you wish. Even doctors haven’t figured it out yet.

  35. Anonymous

    A have a baby born just a few days after yours (congrats!). While I haven’t tested positive for celiac, I am definitely gluten intolerant and feel a million times better when I avoid it. I often wonder if I get glutenized whether that transfers through nursing to my daughter.

    She has 5 teeth already (!) but we’re holding off on cereal on the advice of the ped. Beets have been a big hit, with carrots a close second. I too, will stick with a gluten free diet for her until we know. And when it can’t be avoided (the birthday cupcake at school…) we’ll cross that bridge.

    Many thanks for your lovely writing and inspiration.

  36. Jill B Louie

    I have been hoping you we discuss babies and food and gluten. I have read all the comments. I have a baby a month or so younger than yours. I have felt alone in my search for what to do and am so glad to read about others’ experiences. I wish there were more research in this subject. I would also love to hear how and when you and your readers are planning on testing your child. Does anyone know of resources for celiac parents of babies or toddlers? I know there is ROCK but I would love to find a forum for the little ones.

    Also a warning to everyone whatever you do don’t use Optimum Health Resources Lab for any testing. They stole me money ( almost $400 for a food allergy panel) and I never got the results!

  37. Brandi

    Good luck with the teething. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m glad there is a gluten-free cheerio substitute.

    I wanted to share something here though, because I feel like a lot of people look to this blog for gluten-free help. I found gluten-free pizza at a restaurant tonight, and did not get glutened. It was safe. Uno’s has gluten free cheese and pepperoni pizzas. It was amazing. Tastes just like real pizza. ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. GFE--gluten free easily

    Just wanted to come back and share this info related to the discussion on when to eat gluten. Dr. Fasano recently spoke to the Gluten Free Indy group and the following was shared by the group leader, Diane Hosek:

    “Dr. Fasano talked about his study that is currently in progress to find the best time to introduce gluten to infants. He is comparing the number of cases of CD that develop in babies introduced to gluten at 6 months of age versus 12 months of age. So far, there are 5 times as many cases of CD in babies who began gluten at 6 months!! It appears to be much better to wait until 12 months. These results are in stark contrast to a well-publicized study several years ago which said that gluten should be introduced between 4 and 6 months.”

    Just FYI,
    Shirley

  39. Steve Moody

    I don't care much for Whole O's. The taste is too boring. They have a terrific crunch, however, which is why I buy them. But to get past the boring flavor, I make my own GF granola (Got some baking in the oven right now) to add sweetness, flavor, and insoluble fiber. Yumm!

    Steve

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