breakfast cereal upsets my stomach
August 14, 2010 9:52 PM Subscribe
Why does this breakfast cereal upset my stomach, despite all of its ingredients appearing to be safe for me?
posted by germdisco to food & drink (10 answers total)
I am lactose-intolerant. A breakfast cereal I was eating was consistently giving me symptoms similar to lactose intolerance, but none of the ingredients are apparent sources of lactose. I emailed the manufacturer and they claimed that this was a lactose-free product. Additionally, all of the ingredients are things that I consume in other products, without recognizable problems. One remote possibility is that lactose could be present on the cereal's manufacturing equipment. But I am skeptical that I'm that sensitive to trace amounts of lactose.
Here's the full list of ingredients: whole oat flour, whole wheat flour, unsulphured molasses, malted barley extract, baking soda, salt, natural vitamin e (mixed tocopherols (soy)), vitamin c.
I was having this cereal with soy milk or hemp milk at around 9am, and getting symptoms in the afternoon. When I gave up this cereal and switched to others, the symptoms stopped.
Do you have any advice on identifying why this cereal with this set of ingredients would cause digestion problems for me? Do you recognize ingredients in this list that could produce such symptoms? My doctor has not been helpful when I bring up food intolerance. Since I was able to eliminate this item from my diet, along with the symptoms it caused, I'm in a better place already. But it would be even better to know what to avoid.