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I have eaten peanut m&ms without any problem, but yesterday I became very sick within a few hours of eating them and drinking a coke from Chickfila. Does anyone have any knowledge or experience with this? Everything I have read says they are gluten free.

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I haven't had any issues with peanut or regular M&Ms. Or regular Coke for that matter. I have an issue with some diet sodas because of the artificial sweetener - not gluten.

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maybe cross contamination from the food worker at chick-fil-a? also you said it took a few hours, maybe some contamination from something else?

 

I ate some peanut m&m's today without issue.

 

However I don't really like how m&m/mars corp won't put out a gluten free list, or put "gluten free" on the products. upon visiting their site they state that their ingredients change from time to time, so read the label of the item you're eating (I guess you have to read the label every single time, in case they make a change) I generally prefer to stick to Hershey brand items from their list. Or just looking at the package, it says "gluten free" so I dont have to worry about weird gluten hiding ingredients.

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I started having digestive problems when I was about 10 or 11, and when I was 16 I quit drinking soda and found that it helped a bit.  The carbonation was aggravating my guts.  So if it were me, I would be blaming the soda.  That stuff's no good, and it has nothing to do with gluten. 

 

Then there's also the sugar, as someone mentioned.  Bad bacteria in your guts feeds off of sugar, so that can also make your guts unhappy.  You didn't specifically say it was your guts that had issues (you said it was a gluten-specific reaction, which makes me think DH, since gastro stuff can be caused by a million things) but since that's a common symptom category, I'm just tossing it out there. 

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I know this thread is a few months old now, but could it be the soy in the m&ms? I noticed that my bloating, diarrhea, cramping and other GI issues went down significantly when I discovered that a lot of the gluten free food I was eating (Sabra hummus, Progresso lentil soup, Wishbone italian dressing, Minute rice, etc) had soy in it. M&Ms were my go-to candy for awhile, until I realized that I felt much better without soy.

 

Just a thought!

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GFinDC - I agree!   Sometimes we have glutened-like symptoms after eating and/or drinking but those symptoms are Not related to any gluten at all.  Read the ingredient list.  Take note of all of the additives and chemicals that are in candy bars and soda's (not to mention other processed foods).  Those additives are most often the cause of our discomfort!

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Yep CAP6, lots of questionable stuff in the candy bars.  It's probably safer to go to some kind of health food store or such and look for more natural candies with fewer chemicals etc.  http://www.nuts.com/ has some simpler options I think.

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justin's  makes these awesome peanut butter cups - they still have soy lecithin :( but the milk chocolate ones don't bother me like m&m's do.  they are deee-licious and have identifiable ingredients.  i don't drink sody pop.  yuck.  

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If you guys can tolerate sunflower seeds/butter, Suncups are amazing! They are gluten, nut, egg, and soy free - and when I emailed the company, the person I talked to says they are planning on releasing a dairy free version soon! I found them at Stop & Shop. They're a bit pricier than peanut butter cups, (I think $1.99 for a two pack) but so worth it!

 

http://suncups.com/

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