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Raelynne

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Hi everyone! I was diagnosed in May with celiac after biopsy and have been gluten free since then. I make sure that everything labeled is gluten free, that I don't eat anything with thickening agents/gluten and I thought that I was doing well avoiding cross contamination? But I got really sick at work last night I had to run to the bathroom about 20 mins after eating gluten free chips? I also read here that regular m&ms in the USA are gluten free and had some of those the night before this happened.  I don't know if it was the chips, because I'm not sure yet if my body would react right away like that. Or if it was the m&ms? Or if maybe I just ate too much junk food? But this episode was exactly how I felt before my diagnosis, the same symptoms and stomach issues. So I thought I must have ingested gluten? I'm still a noob to celiac and maybe you all can shed some insight? Thanks!!!

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3 hours ago, Raelynne said:

Hi everyone! I was diagnosed in May with celiac after biopsy and have been gluten free since then. I make sure that everything labeled is gluten free, that I don't eat anything with thickening agents/gluten and I thought that I was doing well avoiding cross contamination? But I got really sick at work last night I had to run to the bathroom about 20 mins after eating gluten free chips? I also read here that regular m&ms in the USA are gluten free and had some of those the night before this happened.  I don't know if it was the chips, because I'm not sure yet if my body would react right away like that. Or if it was the m&ms? Or if maybe I just ate too much junk food? But this episode was exactly how I felt before my diagnosis, the same symptoms and stomach issues. So I thought I must have ingested gluten? I'm still a noob to celiac and maybe you all can shed some insight? Thanks!!!

Raelynne,

I remember someone else talking about food dyes on this board and having and a poor GI experience . .  it is worth checking/experimenting with the m&ms and see if you have the same reaction again.

Some people do react (have been known to reach to food dyes in m&ms).

Here is a google search from heathline about food dyes in general.

http://www.healthline.com/health/allergies/understanding-food-dye-allergies#testing4

and see this thread specifically about food dyes in m&ms that might be triggering some on of these symptom's.

http://www.confectionerynews.com/Ingredients/Mars-defends-M-M-s-artificial-colors-says-natural-switch-takes-time

but you will have to try the m&ms again without your chips to see if m&ms by themselves have caused your symptom's  and not something else.

keep us updated and I hope it is not the m&ms but it could be.  Now it only takes some testing to verify your hunch.

I hope this is helpful.

posterboy by the grace of God,

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3 hours ago, Raelynne said:

Hi everyone! I was diagnosed in May with celiac after biopsy and have been gluten free since then. I make sure that everything labeled is gluten free, that I don't eat anything with thickening agents/gluten and I thought that I was doing well avoiding cross contamination? But I got really sick at work last night I had to run to the bathroom about 20 mins after eating gluten free chips? I also read here that regular m&ms in the USA are gluten free and had some of those the night before this happened.  I don't know if it was the chips, because I'm not sure yet if my body would react right away like that. Or if it was the m&ms? Or if maybe I just ate too much junk food? But this episode was exactly how I felt before my diagnosis, the same symptoms and stomach issues. So I thought I must have ingested gluten? I'm still a noob to celiac and maybe you all can shed some insight? Thanks!!!

Sick at work, Ok what brand were the chips first off, second this happened at work? Did you wash your hands before getting the chips? If you touched a surface at work where say someone smeared something with gluten, or someone else reached into the bag of chips after handling a sandwich, or something like that you probably just got CCed. As to the M&Ms I have not had any since my corn and peanut allergies came up over 2 years ago. I know Mars Inc. claims they will list any possible allergen on the ingredient label of said product and to check each packages ingredients as it can vary from plant to plant. I do know a few lines are possible to have wheat contamination if they were produced in one of the plants that makes the pretzel M&Ms

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