Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Granola
Giddy Up & Go Granola
My Personal Rating
Those of you who follow my writing will note that I do not write a lot to product reviews. But every once in a while, I come up across a product in which I have to shout out.
This time it is the organic gluten-free and dairy-free Giddy Up & Go Granola by Thoughtful Food. Thoughtful Food was founded Jennifer Bielawski who had to restrict grains and lactose from her family's diet.
What I really like most about this product is that it is both gluten and dairy free. And because it is dairy free, it is automatically casein free. I have written about the problems of gluten and casein in the past. Being health-conscious, I am always on the lookout for products without gluten and casein. Not all products that attempt to be gluten and casein free taste good. But the Giddy Up & Go Granola tastes fantastic. You can not tell that it is gluten and casein free.
Giddy Up & Go Granola
Look at the ingredients list....
- organic & gluten free oats
- organic & gluten free corn flakes
- organic flaxseed meal
- organic raisins
- organic walnuts
- organic almonds
- organic pecans
- organic agave nectar
- organic sunflower see oil
- organic vanilla
- organic cinnamon
It is full of organic items. All of them is simple, wholesome ingredients that you can actually pronounce. You do not find any of those other non-pronounceable scientific lab concocted ingredients that is so often found in other processed foods. Nor do you see any high fructose corn syrup, nor any partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, nor soy lecithin.
Furthermore, it is processed in a plant that processes almonds, pecans and walnuts. That means that the plant and equipment does not process wheat products, which would contain gluten and possibly cross-contaminate the product.
Gluten Free Oats
One of the ingredients is oats. Oats by nature is technically gluten-free. However, many commercial oats are cross-contaminated by gluten from other crops or from processing equipment the processes other gluten grains. So if you are gluten-sensitive, you should assume oats to have trace amounts of gluten unless it specifically says gluten free.
In the case of this product, oats is specifically listed as "gluten free oats". Therefore, you can rest assured that these oats have not been cross-contaminated with gluten.
Gluten-Free Casein-Free Diet
Gluten is the protein found in wheat and many grains. Casein is the protein found in dairy products. Many who are gluten sensitive is also casein-sensitive.
This granola is great if you are on a gluten-free and casein-free diet. Some experts have recommended a gluten-free and casein-free diet for those with autism and autoimmune conditions. Hence these populations would benefit from a gluten-free diet and dairy-free diet.
If you are on a casein-free diet, then you don't want to eat this granola with milk or yogurt. But you do not need milk to eat granola. Just eat them as-is.
I personally, just eat it right out of the bag. Not the whole bag at once. I eat it in moderation because it does have the fructose from the agave nectar. Fructose is something we should not over-consume.
This article was written in November 2012 and is only opinion at the time of writing. Author may received revenues from the display ads within content.