It comes as no surprise that Italy produces some of the finest gluten-free products sold in any country. Pasta, pizza and bread are diet staples for Italians so companies there have been creating gluten-free “replacement” foods for many years.
Recently, I was sent a complimentary package of some brand new (to the U.S.) Italian gluten-free cereals from Riega Foods – the exclusive distributor of Cerealvit products in the U.S. Check out the interview with CEO Brad Gampper at Food Biz Daily to learn how this product line made it over to the U.S.
Cerealvit cereals are cholesterol free and low in sugar or sugar free. The products are all organic, gluten-free and GMO free. There are no “fake ingredients” in the cereals – they are all natural. This seems to be a trend in many fabulous new gluten-free cereals that have entered the market recently.
- Corn Flakes are excellent and the extra thick flakes are slightly sweetened with rice malt (instead of barley malt). Like most corn based cereals, the fiber content is fairly low, at 2.5 grams per serving. The slightly sweet flavor is just right – not bland and not too sweet. This product is also vegan.
- Coffee Flakes are Italian coffee coated corn and flax flakes, which are enriched with Omega 3 fish oil. Don’t worry there is no “fishy” taste to this cereal though it did have too strong a coffee flavor for me. If you love strong coffee, you might want to give these a try. Check out this review from Karen at Gluten-Free Food Reviews. The Coffee Flakes were a big hit with teens over at Celiacs in The House as well.
- Benevit Multi Grain is made with Buckwheat and rice flakes and it’s slightly sweetened with organic cane sugar. This cereal is now in my Top 5 list of the countless gluten-free versions I’ve tried in three plus years of test tasting. This cereal contains 7.5 grams of fiber per serving and is also vegetarian.
- Choco Stars – a favorite with gluten-free kids in Italy – was not available for my taste test. They are due to arrive on our shores in early Fall 2009.
If you don’t see any of these cereals in your local stores, consider taking this form in and request they order them for you. The cereals have a suggested retail price of $5.00-$5.50 for a 13.25 oz. box. Considering the fact that the cereals are imported from Italy – and the amount of product in the box – the price seems very reasonable. One of the most impressive things about these cereals besides the taste and quantity of product in the box is the “crunch” factor. The flakes of all three versions stay crunchy in the milk for a long time.
Cerealvit products are certified to be gluten-free by the Italian Ministry of Health and meet the Codex Alimentarious standard for gluten-free. All Cerealvit products are routinely tested to insure their safety for those who must adhere to a gluten-free diet for health reasons.
Have you tried these cereals yet? If so, let us know what you think about them in the comments below!
UPDATE: Exclusive offer to our readers for 15% off these great cereals – now offered from Riega Foods through Amazon.com. Please use code TRIUMPH2 for discount on product only. Offer valid 9/14/09 – 9/20/09 on Coffee Flakes, Corn Flakes and Multi Grain Cerealvit cereals. Take advantage of this great offer now!