This week, I heard some disturbing rumors that Danone’s Activia yogurt contains gluten. Yogurt has been described as a superfood for Celiacs; why would it have gluten?
Here’s the deal right from Danone:
“Only ‘Activia Fibre’ and ‘Activia Fat Free Fibre’ lines contain or may contain gluten :
– Activia Fibre : Red fruits and cereals, Peach and cereals, Strawberry kiwi and cereals, Apple Muesli and nuts
– Activia Fat Free Fibre : Red fruits and cereals, Apple Muesli, Strawberry kiwi and cereals, Vanilla cereals
All the other Danone products are gluten and nut free.
Our production plan is certified HACCP (Hasard Analysis Critical Control Point); we do have many control procedures to assure the security of our products for the major allergens. If a major allergen may be found in a product, it would be mentioned at the end of the ingredient list (ex. “contains gluten” or “may contain gluten”).”
The important part to note here is that these yogurts contain cereal or muesli, things that most Celiacs are normally suspicious of. Yogurt that has added grains or granola, beware!
As a side note, don’t be fooled by this page claiming that all types of Activia are gluten-free; it’s for the Australian product only!