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Does Anyone Else Have Trouble With Popcorn?

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Posted 18 December 2004 - 07:52 PM

This may be a general digestion issue to even those without Celiacs...but my mom (also a Celiac) and I were talking about how we feel after we eat popcorn and the likes. Obviously I understand that gas and bloating could occur as the food is filled with air...but as far as stomach pains and nausea go, it's the same as a gluten reaction. It doesn't really matter if it's air popped from just kernels or if it's from a bag.

Has anyone else had a similar issue?
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Posted 18 December 2004 - 07:57 PM


I avoid popcorn at all costs. My problem is not with bloating/gas when I eat popcorn, but I have an incredibly difficult time digesting it. The hard pieces of the kernal (particularly the opened kernels, you know the ones that have the shape of ladybug wings??) really hurt my intestines going through.... I can feel them "grinding" their way down....

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Posted 18 December 2004 - 08:21 PM

:) popcorn doesnt bother me at all, but it used to--weird huh--now like karen--my dad cant have popcorn because of the hulls, he has diverticulitus along with celiacs---now today, i made cornbread and i knew i used to have corn flour and i couldnt find it, now i know why--my tummy has so much pressure in it right now--i bet i threw out the corn flour--the cornbread is very good, but my tummy doesnt like it now :angry: darn--its so good too, i am gonna make cronbread stuffing tomorrow for our family christmas--guess i wont eat it :( deb
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Posted 18 December 2004 - 08:56 PM

I don't think all popcorn is gluten-free. I know Act 11 is, I eat it and it doesn't
bother me.
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Posted 19 December 2004 - 10:04 AM

I haven't had any popcorn since starting the gluten-free diet 10 months and two days ago :), but I always had trouble with it before hand--it would get me sick. I don't think it was any gluten, because I could eat a bagel every morning without severe reaction--I think it's just that it's hard to digest.
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Posted 19 December 2004 - 03:14 PM

I have a problem with popcorn and corn on the cob and get really sick. I think it's just harder to digest.
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Posted 19 December 2004 - 11:30 PM

I too believe it is the hulls that make it so hard to digest. It is the hardest form of corn there is, and as most of you know, if you eat whole kernel corn (a different variety) it often goes through the digestive tract undigested.

I love the stuff, but like Deb's dad, my GI forbid me to eat it because of the diverticulosis. Because I have IBS too, it doesn't set well.

However, it is NOT fun going to the movies taking rice cakes along because you can't have the popcorn!! :angry:
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Posted 20 December 2004 - 07:44 AM

I haven't heard of this at all before. My mom, who was not diagnosed for years (I'm glad she was, or I probably wouldn't know I had it) when she was the GI said her intestines were almost smooth. Anyhow, she is a popcorn addict :P Whenever we are watching a movie, she pops a bag. I don't think she's ever had any problems, or else she would quit.
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Posted 29 December 2004 - 10:10 AM

:D It is possible to have a sensitivity to corn at all levels. I have not regularly consumed corn but find it makes me excessively hungry and very uncomfortable kind of like my body is trying to keep hold of nutrients. I don't know that this will help. However, I have found by process of elimination that certain things I hadn't thought of do cause me problems. Perhaps you need to double check other foods as well. Just a thought. God Bless, Royann
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Posted 29 December 2004 - 06:28 PM

i have a hard time with any corn, but its probably due to the fact that it is harder to digest...but when you have a really messed up stomach you cant eat much without some kind of reaction..... :unsure:
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Posted 29 December 2004 - 07:44 PM

I can't do popcorn on an empty stomach, but if I've had something to eat maybe three hours before, it doesn't seem to bother me.
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Posted 03 January 2005 - 04:05 AM

:( I have a lot of trouble with popcorn. I love the hot, buttered kind, but if I eat it, I get really bad pain which doubles me over.
Also can't eat corn niblets and peas together, but the corn seems ok on it's own if it's just boiled niblets.
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Posted 03 January 2005 - 09:14 AM

Make sure you are eating gluten-free popcorn because most microwave ones aren't gluten-free, they add stuff and flavorings, the only ones that i can have that I know are gluten-free are Oriville Redebachers(sp?)
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Posted 03 January 2005 - 09:45 AM

how about popcorn at the movies? anybody know if that's ever safe?

I've had the same reactions to popcorn but not consistently. Feels almost as bad as a gluten reaction but not quite the same. It's good to know I'm not the only one...thanks for mentioning it.
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Posted 03 January 2005 - 09:49 AM

Someone above was talking about not being able to eat movie popcorn ~ MOST movie popcorn has gluten ~ makes me VERY sick. I avoid any popcorn that is mass popped in one of those "movie type" poppers. It uses an orange oil+butter mixture that has gluten. I have worked in enough concession stands (sports related) to know that it is full of gluten. AVOID movie popcorn!! :) Sorry!!
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