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Strange Occurances W/ Nuts?

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So my goal of getting through the holidays without being glutened was successful! I'm happy for that. I'm 9 months gluten free now, so I'm really getting a hang of the diet. I've noticed something worrisome though, and wondered if anyone else has experienced this?

I've been eating more nuts lately, to get myself more fiber in my diet. I've noticed for a few days now, after eating something with nuts in it (I was eating cashews this morning when it happened, and peanut M&M's yesterday, and it was the same thing) and it was like all of my symptoms when I get glutened all in the span of about 45mins - 1hour... It was horrible, the body aches, nausea, abdominal pain, all of it. Could I be developing a sensitivity to nuts now!?!?!?

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Did you read the ingredients on the cashews? I have found wheat in some more common grocery store brands.

And peanut m&m's are supposed to be gluten-free but some people experience cc issues with them. I have decent luck with them but I've learned never to repeatedly eat any mainstream candy, even if it's gluten-free. I can only take so much before it gets me.

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Did you read the ingredients on the cashews? I have found wheat in some more common grocery store brands.

And peanut m&m's are supposed to be gluten-free but some people experience cc issues with them. I have decent luck with them but I've learned never to repeatedly eat any mainstream candy, even if it's gluten-free. I can only take so much before it gets me.

The cashews were Planter's. I learned my lesson with the store brands the hard way. I've never had an issue with them, but maybe they got CC'd?

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The cashews were Planter's. I learned my lesson with the store brands the hard way. I've never had an issue with them, but maybe they got CC'd?

Or maybe you're having a cumulative reaction...

That's what happens to me.

I can't eat out more than 1x a week, can't eat too many processed mainstream supposedly gluten-free foods (like m&m's)....if I do I start having weird things happen.

Or, you could be developing a nut allergy.

Lay off them a while or switch brands and see what happens.

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I became sensitive to cashews years after going gluten free. Not sure if it is cc or to the cashews, but they just go thru me too fast. And this is a bummer because I like them and they are in a lot of the Lara bars flavors now. So I looked up what family of plants these things are from, and they are related to.... drumroll..... poison ivy. :blink::ph34r: How they process cashews so they are edible by humans is quite complex.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cashew

Although a nut in the culinary sense, in the botanical sense the nut of the cashew is a seed. The seed is surrounded by a double shell containing an allergenic phenolic resin, anacardic acid, a potent skin irritant chemically related to the more well known allergenic oil urushiol which is also a toxin found in the related poison ivy. Properly roasting cashews destroys the toxin, but it must be done outdoors as the smoke (not unlike that from burning poison ivy) contains urushiol droplets which can cause severe, sometimes life-threatening, reactions by irritating the lungs.

Since I am quite sensitive to poison ivy/oak this at least made me feel better about avoiding the cashews now. B)

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Possibly switch brands, and see how you react. From the list here (foods to avoid) http://www.msgtruth.org/avoid.htm it shows

Planters

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