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HAVE A QUESTION? > Quinoa inflammatory issues

I am also a quinoa "victim." I discovered early on that I got a painful upper stomach pain and cramping after tasting it. I have tried to avoid it but just this week a 12-grain bread has caused me much discomfort... and after checking ingredients quinoa was on the list. Some breads, like Ancient Grain- types, promote the fact that they contain quinoa, but I am a little concerned that it is sneaking into multigrain products. So quinoa sufferers, check those ingredient lists!
October 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChris
I, indeed, also have an issue with Quinoa AND Oats. Oats were my favorite food for years (I literally lived on cereals, granola bars, oatmeal cookies, steel cut oats, etc.). And I adored the taste and texture of quinoa salads.

Although I am 100% gluten, oats and quinoa free now, I began the process slowly, trying to clean up my diet and minimize it (I now know that doesn't work). During this time, I began to pay more attention to stomach/ intestinal discomfort. I actually never experienced pain or discomfort with gluten/wheat (i.e., eating pizzas/bread/donuts, etc.), but the next day my mood and irritability were clearly affected. It seemed to be affecting my brain more than my gut (clearly the inflammation was crossing the blood/brain barrier).

During the transition to remove gluten, I switched over to oats and quinoa (knowing they were great gluten free "go to" grains). HUGE mistake. Even though the gluten didn't cause discomfort, I began experiencing severe pain when eating either the oats or quinoa. I thought that perhaps it was cross contamination and made sure that I purchased them "certified gluten free". Still no go. I was absolutely doubled over in pain with either Quinoa or oats.

I have to conclude that I actually damaged my gut by consuming too much oats over the years. Perhaps I even created my gluten issue from damage done by overindulging my beloved oats. It's heartbreaking when friends or family prepare or purchase a gluten free dessert or salad just for me - that has oats or quinoa. I never want to hurt their feelings, but the discomfort from even just taking a small "courtesy bite" leaves me doubled over. I have to read the label on every box of "Gluten free" cereals, crackers, cookies, granola bars, etc., because they tend to be hidden almost everywhere. The more I clean up my diet, the more sensitive my stomach has become to inflammatory foods. Oh well. At least I am learning to dial in to foods that cause a negative reaction to my body and remove them one by one. I suppose that I should remove corn and rice next, but I still really enjoy them and they don't seem to cause any issue whatsoever. At least not yet. Knock on wood.
July 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterHS
I have started to notice if I eat a lot of quinoa, I tend to get cramps and headaches! For me amount seems to be key. If I have a tiny bit it isn't an issue but if I eat a lot of quinoa tabouli, I'm quite miserable. I do avoid gluten because of inflammation symptoms - sore joints and psoriasis flare ups. Guess quinoa is off of my list as well.
July 2, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea
Well I never! I’ve had quinoa a few times before but some time ago and a long time since I prepared it myself. About a month ago, I had intense stomach cramps and suddenly became exceptionally tired after dinner. I suspected it might be quinoa. I tried it again last night... and rinsed it again (although that’s not so easy when it floats). Within about half an hour, I was developing stomach cramps. This time they became much worse and lasted until the early hours of the morning. Today I feel punched in the stomach, exhausted and glum - I suspect it’s related. I’ve avoided gluten for 13 years but am currently doing a gluten challenge to have a coeliac test. Perhaps my gut is more sensitive right now, I’m not sure, but quinoa is most definitely off my shopping list! Thanks for all the useful info on here.
August 23, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBex