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Think I'm Reacting To Almonds
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Kind of new here. My biopsy is next Thursday. I think I may have another food intolerance to almonds though. I love them and have been taking them to work for a snack. Well, I've noticed the past few times I've eaten them I immediately get stomach pains. I just attributed it to feeling bad in general and really didn't think any more of it. Well today I ate some and got the stomach pain again, followed by a pretty sharp headache, bloating, then my left shoulder and chest started to hurt. I ate them between 3:30 and 4 p.m. It's almost 5:30 now and my stomach is still hurting a bit. Do you think this is a sign of an intolerance to almonds? 

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My first guess is it is not the almond, rather something in their processing. It is tough to find even raw almonds that are processed on a dedicated gluten free line. Perhaps try some 100% almond butter or raw almonds that you are certain is gluten free.

PS.....welcome to the forum :)

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My first guess is it is not the almond, rather something in their processing. It is tough to find even raw almonds that are processed on a dedicated gluten free line. Perhaps try some 100% almond butter or raw almonds that you are certain is gluten free.

PS.....welcome to the forum :)

Thank you. I wondered about gluten. I bought this bag at Aldi. The ingredients list almonds, and salt. I just assumed it was ok. 

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Does the package say may have been processed on shared equipment with wheat? I have eaten some without this stmt safely - but also got glutened badly one other time that the package did not have a shared facility stmt. Nuts.com has safe nuts if you want to try some you know are gluten free.

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Could very likely be cross contamination. Also, how many are you eating? My nutritionist has figured out I'm having some fat malabsorption issues and I can't eat more than 4-5 almonds or pecan halves etc.. at a time. More than that and I'm miserable with pain, etc.

A good certified gluten-free source for nuts is nuts.com. I know other members of the forums also like them.

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No the package didn't have a statement about possible cross contamination. 

 

I didn't eat a lot. More than 4-5 though. Maybe 10 or 15. I'm not sure I want to try almonds again anytime soon. I do not want to feel this way! Yuck!

 

Thanks for the info about nuts.com

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If you newly diagnosed many foods may be problematic, it may not have anything to go with gluten, but rather an unhealed gut.  Give up the almonds for serveral weeks and then try to reintroduce them into your diet.....see how you do.

 

BTW, it's recommended that you continue with consuming gluten until all your tests are exausted. A slice of bread per day for a few weeks may support an accurate diagnosis with your endoscopy exam.

 And don't worry about the exam...it's not a big deal and you won't remember a thing.  Bring a partner with you, to drive and inform you.  I was too doppy to remember what the doctor told me.  And you get a greatest nap after the proceedure, when you get home. ;)

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Agree ^ apart from allergic reaction to nuts (that's not to do with us) Almond and nut intollerance problems are due to protein loss through the gut wall (caused by gluten damage) not gluten itself. You'll most likely find Macadamia a bit less trouble, since they have less protein and more fat

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Could very likely be cross contamination. Also, how many are you eating? My nutritionist has figured out I'm having some fat malabsorption issues and I can't eat more than 4-5 almonds or pecan halves etc.. at a time. More than that and I'm miserable with pain, etc.

A good certified gluten-free source for nuts is nuts.com. I know other members of the forums also like them.

 

^ That's me, too. After much pain I have figured out that my limit is 3 Brazil nuts in a day, no more than 5 days a week. Cashews have lower tolerance levels for me. Pistachios are a bit better, but I stick to the Brazil nuts because at least I'm getting some selenium on the days I don't eat fish.

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I kept losing nut after nut....please check their processing before tossing them out of your diet.  Many nuts don't disclose shared lines.  Find a safe gluten-free source and try those.

 

Nuts are fantastic food - just be sure before you toss them out of your diet :)

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But you wont lose a nut just because it's got gluten on it once or a million times. So long as you get a nut without gluten eventually. You however will lose a nut if you eat them while your gut is damaged.

 

Everyone with a sore gut should read this http://www.encognitive.com/node/4988 still after all this time it's the most important thing I've read

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Could be.  I have an almond intolerance and also OAS.  I only know of the intolerance due to repeated testing.  The OAS came about when I spaced out.  I was making an almond butter sandwich for daughter and remembering how I used to like almond butter and how I hadn't had any for years, I licked the residue on the knife.  I immediately realized my mistake and spit it out before swallowing it.  Also rinsed my mouth out but the damage had been done.  Back of throat immediately began to itch.  Same thing happened with pistachios.

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