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Is it normal to get diarrhea from eating chick peas, or could that be a sign of another intolerance?

Millet: Is millet the same thing as corn? I'm intolerant of millet so am wondering about corn too now.

Not sure if it's "normal" or not to get diarrhea from chick peas, but I do know that they're gluten free. So you could very well have another intolerance. And no, millet isn't the same thing as corn...it's a different cereal grain.

:-) Feel better!

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It may well be because so many of us can't tolerate carbs in general - it seems that we may be lacking, possibly due to the gut damage or other factors, enough of the correct enzymes to be able to break it down properly.

Apparently, improperly digested or undigested carbohydrates are yummy food for yeasts and other pathogens and the toxins they give off during the carb digestion can cause reactions. Some carbs may be more problematic for us than others. I get the feeling that when something like gluten is removed from the diet although they may die back initially, they very likely then adapt to a different food source and come back with a vengeance! That could explain why some do not get better on a gluten-free diet, or feel better for a while then get worse again.

As much as I like chick peas as hoummous etc., I have to avoid them generally as my body can't cope with carbs very well and they are very carb-dense (although I think the carb-level is lowered when they are sprouted - and they also then contain lots of enzymes which may help in their digestion)

I am researching enzymes at the moment as I feel that a lack of certain enzymes may well be the issue behind a lot of my health problems over the years. Plant-based ones are better than animal-based and I am also trying to find some without betaine added as I tried some with that and they gave me D and a sore stomach. Not enough acid can slow the digestion - too much can speed it up. There are a lot of different brands on the market and I have realised that not all Digestive Enzyme brands are good ones!

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Through trial and error, I find that I need some carbs. However, I can't tolerate legumes at all. I get sicker from those than gluten or anything else I'm sensitive to.

Strangely, I don't get D with legumes (I do with the other foods I'm sensitive to), rather I get horrible nausea. It feels like I've been poisoned.

In answer to your question, it's not "normal" to get D from chick peas but you could have an intolerance to them that didn't show up before you were gluten-free. That's what happened to me.

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I don't tolerate canned or dried chick peas but can tolerate frozen ones. I can also eat fresh so I don't think it's the chick peas. There may be something in the processing so you might want to try another brand and see if that makes a difference. It might not necessarily be a gluten thing. It could just be that you don't tolerate chick peas or there is some preservative that is causing a problem.

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I read on another discussion board that someone found some grains of pearl barley in their lentils, then when I went shopping today they'd added to the label of the green lentils I normally buy "may contain gluten". Is it possible that chickpeas could be contaminated by pearl barley as well?

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AliB - that is very interesting what you said about our bodies not being able to digest carbs particularly well. I caught my celiac fairly early; my villa were only mildly blunted and I had mild malabsorption. But I was suffering from major GI symptoms, mainly excessive gas, D, bloating, etc.

Since cutting out gluten (about 7 months), I've definitely felt much much better. There was a period of time I had no gas issues. And not to be gross, but the gas I was experiencing was wayyy different than normal gas. Most of you probably know the kind I'm talking about. My life was getting ridiculous, as I would have to stay away from people merely because of my gas. Anyway, for the past couple months, I've noticed myself being more gassy. I have also given up dairy and soy after noticing a link to those foods. I'm starting to think my gas issues are a result of eating too much carbs? I just don't know. It's so frustrating. I really thought I was all better but now that awful gas has crept back in. I don't really have D or the other GI symptoms usually, it's mostly just the gas and occasional stomach bloat/pain. I really notice it after eating hummus (which I love and eat a lot of!), gluten-free bread, gluten-free cereal. I've been trying to cut back on the bread and cereal, but I guess I should cut out the hummus for awhile.

I used to take probiotics after initially going gluten-free. Maybe this helped? Would you (or anyone) recommend taking probiotics? Thanks for any help!

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It is my understanding that it's common practice to rotate chickpea and wheat crops so chickpeas are often cross contaminated at the farmer's field. I can't believe so many celiacs are able to eat them? What a luxury. Chickpeas, chickpea flour, even chickpea cross contamination all make me ill.

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