Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Is Carnation Instant Breakfast Gluten-Free?

Updated as of December 10, 2012

In the spring of 2012 I began drinking Carnation Instant Breakfast as an alternative source of protein, vitamins, and minerals after reading that it was gluten-free by FDA standards. After a period of tummy trouble, I finally got around to reading the ingredients on the box and was unhappy to find "wheat starch" was listed as an ingredient. I promptly stopped drinking it and discovered that it was in fact the source of my recent problem. I was left with eight boxes of it that I passed off to my family to consume, which they did, happily. 

I do sincerely miss it, so I recently contacted Carnation to check on its gluten-free status. They replied so quickly and in great detail! Here is what they said:

So for the time being I am staying off of my Instant Breakfast kick. A thoughtful reader did comment that the sugar-free variety does not list wheat starch so if inclined you could give that one a try!


  1. I have recently wondered whether or not the Carnation Milk Chocolate was upsetting my stomach and noticed the wheat starch ingredient (doctor wants me on gluten-free). The sugar-free carnation does not have the wheat-starch listed, so I'm trying that...hope that helps!!

    1. I cannot tell you how horrified I am to have just discovered that my insomnia (part of my gluten allergy manifestation) has been caused by my Carnation Breakfast Essentials mix! o_o THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for posting about the sugar free variety - I will look for it at the store today! Again, THANK YOU!!!

  2. Thanks so much for the great information! That's super helpful!

  3. The Scoopable Container of Instant Breakfast, As Opposed To The Individual Packets, Does Not Have Wheat Starch.

  4. The Scoopable Container, As Opposed To THe Individual Packets, Does NoT Have Wheat Starch.

  5. Thank you so much for posting this! I have missed my CIB, but will go to the store to look for the sugar free variety and will stick with vanilla. Hope my tummy will be alright with it! It's the best tasting. Will also look for the scoopable container too!