Are Cheerios Gluten Free?

Cheerios are an iconic brand of breakfast cereal that has become a family favorite. It is owned by General Mills who declare Cheerios as “wholesome goodness” that is “perfect for toddlers to adults and everyone in-between”. General Mills is also known for another popular brand of cereal, Lucky Charms.

Cheerios is a healthy breakfast and snack item that brings the benefits of wholesome oats, low sugar, and essential vitamins and minerals into your diet.

But is this healthy breakfast option gluten-free.

Let’s find out.

Are Cheerios Gluten-Free?

The Answer is: YES* (Thanks to General Mills’ gluten-free initiative)

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*We have listed all the current Cheerios Product List below and highlighted the ones which are gluten-free. Cheerios have made a huge effort to take into the account the growing population who are opting for a gluten-free lifestyle, some through no fault of their own. Cheerios is an ideal choice of cereal if you are sensitive to gluten and seeking a gluten-free option.

Cheerios believe that “Gluten-Free Matters” and clearly state the following on a dedicated gluten-free section of the official website:

We know that lots of different families want to enjoy Cheerios together. That’s why we worked hard to remove stray wheat, rye, and barley grains from our oat supply. Now Cheerios still have the same great taste, but they’re also gluten-free.

 

Cheerios Product Gluten-Free List

  • Cheerios Originals
  • Apple Cinnamon Cheerios
  • Cheerios Peach
  • Chocolate Cheerios
  • Frosted Cheerios
  • Fruity Cheerios
  • Honey Nut Cheerios
  • Multi-Grain Cheerios
  • Very Berry Cheerios

 

Non-Gluten Free Cheerios Product List

The following Cheerios products must be avoided. They contain wheat and are not gluten-free:

  • Cheerios Ancient Grains
  • Cheerios Protein Cinnamon Almond
  • Cheerios Protein Oats and Honey 
  • Honey Nut Cheerios Medley Crunch

Cheerios Originals Ingredients

Whole Grain Oats, Corn Starch, Sugar, Salt, Tripotassium Phosphate. Vitamin E (mixed tocopherols) Added to Preserve Freshness.

Vitamins and Minerals

Calcium Carbonate, Iron and Zinc (mineral nutrients), Vitamin C (sodium ascorbate), A B Vitamin (niacinamide), Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine hydrochloride), Vitamin A (palmitate), Vitamin B1 (thiamin mononitrate), A B Vitamin (folic acid), Vitamin B12, Vitamin D3.

For more information on Cheerios and to get access to the nutrition facts of each product, head over to the official website here: cheerios.com

3 thoughts on “Are Cheerios Gluten Free?”

  1. I m confused.my son is celiac. I thought Cheerios was gluten free. I read many mixed articles . So confused .any clarification will help.ty

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    • Hi Kristen, from experience I have had some mixed reactions with Cheerios, and other cereals labeled gluten free by the manufacturer. Another recent experience was with Lucky Charms. Both cereals I avoid because I can’t tell if they are truly gf. On the other side, both Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Pebbles are labeled gluten free by the manufacturer and I have had no reactions from those. I think it depends on the person/products.

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    • I have celiacs and was so excited when Cheerios was announced and advertised as gluten free. I stopped eating them and stuck with Chex for a long time. Now when I research Cheerios I see they had voluntarily removed the gluten free label because of Health Canada and The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA. I had started back eating them before I found this info out, I have no reaction from them but I’m confused whether they are safe or not as I can’t see if there is gluten causing damage or not.

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