Is Raisin Bran cereal gluten-free? Well, Raisin Bran is made with whole grain wheat flakes so no, Raisin Bran is not gluten-free. Check out the other sources of gluten in this popular breakfast cereal and learn what to have for breakfast instead!
- 🥣Is Raisin Bran Gluten-Free?
- 📝Ingredients in Raisin Bran
- 🚫Why isn't Raisin Bran Gluten Free?
- 🥣Is Raisin Bran Crunch Gluten Free?
- 🥣Are raisins gluten free?
- ✅Is Raisin Bran Healthy?
- 🔄Alternatives to Raisin Bran
- 🌾What is gluten?
- 🚫Why is gluten bad for you?
- 🍞What foods have gluten?
- 🙋♀️What is gluten intolerance?
- 🙋♀️Symptoms of gluten intolerance
- 🍑Bottom line on Raisin Bran and Gluten
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- 💬 Comments
🥣Is Raisin Bran Gluten-Free?
No, Raisin Bran is not gluten-free. It's made from whole grain wheat and wheat bran. Both of these ingredients contain gluten.
In fact, the very first ingredient in raisin bran cereal is whole grain wheat🌾
📝Ingredients in Raisin Bran
- Whole Grain Wheat
- Wheat Bran
- Brown Sugar Syrup
- Contain 2% or less of Malt Flavor
Check the ingredient list on the package the most accurate information.
🚫Why isn't Raisin Bran Gluten Free?
Raisin Bran isn't gluten-free because it contains gluten from the main ingredients of whole grain wheat and wheat bran.
Interestingly, Kellogg's Raisin Bran also has "Malt Flavor" as an ingredient. Malt flavoring is made from barley so it can also be a source of gluten.
But it's such a small amount - less than 2%. And since the main ingredients in raisin bran is whole grain wheat and wheat bran, if you're avoiding gluten, you'll be avoiding raisin bran for those reasons and not because there may be a trace of gluten from the malt extract flavor.
🥣Is Raisin Bran Crunch Gluten Free?
Kellogg's Raisin Bran Crunch cereal is not gluten-free.
Raisin Bran Crunch cereal is very similar to original raisin bran cereal but with granola clusters added-in. Hence the "crunch" name😄
On their website, Kellogg's describes raisin bran crunch as:
"This truly tasty blend of wheat bran flakes, delicious raisins and honey-oat granola clusters makes every serving sweet, crunchy and unforgettable."
The ingredients in raisin bran crunch are:
- Whole grain wheat
- Wheat bran
- Whole grain oats
- Brown sugar syrup
- Vegetable glycerin
- Contains 2% or less of corn syrup
- Natural flavor
- Modified Corn Starch
- Palm Oil
- Mixed tocopherols (vitamin E) for freshness
So Raisin Bran Crunch has a few different sources of gluten, mainly the whole grain wheat and wheat bran.
🥣Are raisins gluten free?
Raisins are naturally gluten-free and therefore safe to eat on a gluten-free diet.
If they're processed in a facility that also handles wheat or wheat-containing products, there's a chance for cross-contamination.
Read the label on the product to be sure.
✅Is Raisin Bran Healthy?
Raisin Bran can for sure be a part of a healthy diet.
But what it can't be a part of is a gluten-free diet, as raisin bran is full of gluten.
But if you're avoiding gluten, then you'll be avoiding Kellogg's Raisin Bran anyways.
In terms of nutrition of Kellogg's Raisin Bran outside of the status of gluten, here's the nutrition facts in 1 cup of Kellogg's Raisin Bran:
- Calories - 190
- Fat - 1 gram
- Cholesterol - 0mg
- Sodium - 200mg
- Total Carbohydrate - 47 grams
- Dietary Fibre - 7 grams
- Total Sugars - 17 grams
- Protein - 5 grams
Kellogg's Raisin Bran is also a source of Potassium, Magnesium, Copper, and Manganese.
Different brands of raisin bran will vary in their ingredients and nutrition information. Check the ingredients label and nutrition label on the box for the most accurate information.
🔄Alternatives to Raisin Bran
When you're looking for a gluten-free cereal that's gluten-free AND good for you, there's some options decent out there!
Here's some ideas for gluten-free alternatives to raisin bran:
- Gluten-Free Bran Flakes: Look for gluten-free bran flakes at your local grocery store. Many brands offer gluten-free versions that are pretty similar in texture and taste to regular bran flakes.
- Gluten-Free Granola: Some gluten-free granola options include oats, nuts, and dried fruits. You can mix this with your favorite gluten-free yogurt or milk and add raisins or other dried fruits to get that raisin bran vibe💃
- Gluten-Free Corn Flakes: Many brands of corn flakes are naturally gluten-free, so you can enjoy them with some raisins or other dried fruits to create your gluten-free version of Raisin Bran.
- Homemade Gluten-Free Granola: Get creative in the kitchen and make your own gluten-free granola! Check out this recipe for Gluten-Free Granola Recipe🥣
- Gluten-Free Rice Cereal: Look for gluten-free rice cereal options and add your own raisins or dried fruits for that fruity twist.
- Gluten-Free Oatmeal: While oats themselves are gluten-free, cross-contamination can be an issue, so be sure to choose certified gluten-free oats. Mix them with raisins and other toppings for a warm and delicious breakfast.
- Gluten-Free Muesli: Some gluten-free muesli blends are available in stores. These typically contain gluten-free rolled oats, nuts, seeds, and dried fruits.
On any gluten-free product, look for the gluten-free certification so you can be sure the product is gluten-free.
🌾What is gluten?
Gluten is a mixture of proteins found in wheat and related grains like barley, rye, spelt, kamut and triticale.
Gluten is what gives dough its elasticity and helps bread and other baked goods maintain their shape.
🚫Why is gluten bad for you?
Gluten isn't necessarily "bad" for you or unhealthy. For many people, gluten is a completely healthy part of their diet.
But if you have celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, or wheat allergy, consuming gluten can cause a whole bunch of symptoms.
Reactions to gluten can involve the immune system (celiac disease) and cause damage to the lining of the small intestine.
Symptoms of gluten intolerance or gluten sensitivity can range from digestive issues to skin rash to fatigue or "brain fog".
🍞What foods have gluten?
Major sources of gluten in a "typical" North American diet include:
- Granola bars
- Oats (unless labeled "gluten-free"; regular oats can contain wheat from cross contamination in the field they’re grown in)
But there are many "hidden" sources of gluten in products you might not think of. Soy sauce, beer, Twizzlers and even chicken broth have gluten containing ingredients!
🙋♀️What is gluten intolerance?
Gluten intolerance or Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity as it's referred to sometimes, is a condition that involves people having a "reaction" after eating gluten or gluten-containing foods.
Sometimes it's called Non-Celiac Wheat Sensitivity (NCWS), Gluten Sensitivity (GS), or Gluten Intolerance (GI).
But they're all basically the same thing: different names for gluten intolerance.
🙋♀️Symptoms of gluten intolerance
There's so many different signs and symptoms of gluten intolerance.
It's likely that you'll have symptoms that are specific to your body too. No one person is exactly the same as the next person.
Which means that it's very hard to diagnosis gluten intolerance on symptoms alone because person to person, the symptoms of gluten intolerance are so different.
- Abdominal pain
- Bloating - sometimes called "gluten bloat"
- Stomach pain
- GERD (Gastric Esophageal Reflux Disease) or reflux
- Diarrhea and sometimes frequent diarrhea
- Extra-intestinal manifestations such as canker sores and chronic skin conditions like, dermatitis herpetiformis
- Inability to concentrate on work
- Inability to memorize various things
- Indigestion (also called "dyspepsia")
- Join pain
- Non-specific symptoms including "brain fog"
- Regular headaches
🍑Bottom line on Raisin Bran and Gluten
Well now you know for sure that Raisin Bran contains gluten, as do so many cereals made with whole wheat or other grains containing gluten.
But instead of raisin bran, you can buy or make gluten-free cereals and enjoy a great source of dietary fiber without all the gluten!
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