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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to Celiac.com's FREE weekly eNewsletter   What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease?  Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes

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I've been gluten-free for six months now, and I have one more question. I understand that lots of celiacs have allegies to other food products besides wheat. Now, I've noticed that I have the same reaction to corn that I have to wheat (cramps and diarhea), but only when I eat alot of corn (even corn chips, popcorn, etc.) at one sitting. I wonder if this is an allergy or a "normal" reaction to too much fiber or something? I hope I don't sound too dumb here, but it took me awhile to figure out that it was corn and not a gluten "accident." I'd rack my brain trying to figure out what I did wrong since I am so careful about the food I buy. Small amounts of corn have no effect, so it took awhile for me to see the pattern. Does anyone have any insight into this? Thanks.

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I just googled "corn allergy" recently because something's been giving me allergy symptoms, and my interpretation is that if you have an allergy, it would generally show up after ingesting a moderate amount of allergen. If you're like me and make a GIANT bowl of popcorn and refuse to share it with anyone, and ignore the fact that your gut is probably more sensitive than the normal person's anyway because of the celiac disease and hog the whole thing then drink a big glass of water...well, I hope you don't do what I do, but if what you do is similar, yup, that would give you tummy trouble. Otherwise, food allergy symptoms come on after eating say, a regular serving or less, and often include a headache, stuffy nose or hives in addition to the gastro stuff. Which is not to say you aren't allergic to corn, because you may just not yet be ultra-sensitive. Isn't this fun? If you can live with eating moderate amounts of popcorn and chips and not get the symptoms, that sounds like a solution. Me, I must be the little piggy. Oink.

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Does anyone have any insight into this?



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When a person is ill, it is our first instinct and human nature to try to correlate any symptoms with that illness. However, we would all be wise to remember that moderation is the key in all that we do. Anytime we make a pig of ourselves, our body is going to remind us that it was not designed to handle more that it needs to survive. Even the most benign food will make you sick if you eat too much. Yes, we all have a disease that causes yucky symptoms, but every day folks get viruses, eat bad food, or just plain overindulge and suffer the consequences, and that means we will, too. It's not all disease-related.

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I have problems when I eat corn tortilla chips (I have really bad gasy and bloating) and maybe when I eat corn tortilla shells (not sure about that one). However, I do not seem to have problems when I eat popcorn in moderation or just plain corn. I wonder if it matters whether you eat white corn as opposed to yellow corn?? Sorry I do not have any answers, I am in the same boat as you and not sure what to do about it.

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