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Fluffy, crunchy popcorn, so light and delicious—who can resist it?
I couldn't. Until I realized I got a horrible stabbing pain in the right side of my lower abdomen after I ate it. Has that ever happened to you?

How do I know it was the popcorn that was causing my abdominal pain?...

It got pretty obvious after a while. Popcorn is more of a snack than a meal, so I wasn't eating other foods with it. That means I couldn't put the blame on something else.

Here's what used to happen when I was still eating popcorn:

Day One: Eat popcorn. Yum! Twinge of pain in right side of lower abdomen.

Day Two: Popcorn on Day One tasted so good, eat more. Ouch—worse feeling in exact same place in abdomen as on Day One, like someone is poking their finger into my intestine.

Day Three: Give in to a little lower abdominal pain? Ha! Eat more popcorn. OWWWW!! This time it really hurts. Gee, maybe I should stop (duh...)

So I did, and I've never had the problem since. (Except for that one other time when I thought it might be okay because I hadn't eaten popcorn in such a long time. It wasn't.)

Why would popcorn cause this pain?

I don't know a scientific answer but I do know that I'm grain-sensitive. I react to all the grains that are in the grass family (cereal grains): wheat, rye, oats, spelt, kamut, teff, bulghur, barley and, of course, corn. So that could be the reason.

Or maybe it's because corn is a high mould grain and my system reacted to the mould. I really don't care what the reason is. If staying off corn keeps me from being stabbed in the gut, that's all that really matters.

BTW, I avoid all corn now—on the cob, corn chips, tortillas, high-fructose corn syrup, cornmeal, corn bread, dextrose, luncheon meats, and anything else that might contain corn.

What foods do you react to? Let me know.

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  1. Cortney

I have been a popcorn addicted for a few years and for the last two or three months I have eaten it almost every night pretty much for dinner ..today is Sunday and since last Monday I have had horrible bloat and sharp pains in my lower right...

I have been a popcorn addicted for a few years and for the last two or three months I have eaten it almost every night pretty much for dinner ..today is Sunday and since last Monday I have had horrible bloat and sharp pains in my lower right abdomen ..anything I eat now which is completely clean and healthy causes me to bloat and I was just wondering if I can still be flared up from the popcorn and I just need to wait it out?...please help??

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  1. Karen of No-IBS

Hi Amber,
Ouch! That's a scary thought but makes sense. Some fiber is good but those sharp pieces in popcorn are a bit much.

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  1. Amber

The husks in popcorn can be sharp. Husk and or gulls can even scar your colon

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  1. Karen of No IBS

Hi Sara,

Thank you for your many kind words! You're right that there is no perfect answer for everyone. There are people out there who...

Hi Sara,

Thank you for your many kind words! You're right that there is no perfect answer for everyone. There are people out there who are probably fine with popcorn. I wish I was one of them!

BTW, eating something every single day is the best way to sensitize to it (i.e. develop an intolerance), so it wasn't too bright of me to eat popcorn 3 days in a row...

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  1. Sara

I could not agree more. Popcorn was one food I once thought was a healthy snack, but realized how addicting it was and hard to only eat just a small bowl. I always felt like I had a hangover the next morning after I ate too much of it the next...

I could not agree more. Popcorn was one food I once thought was a healthy snack, but realized how addicting it was and hard to only eat just a small bowl. I always felt like I had a hangover the next morning after I ate too much of it the next morning. With the help of Karen and her priceless information on food and how it affects everyone differently, I have been able to make my own plan. One of the greatest pieces of advice I received from her and finally came to realize, is that there is no perfect answer for everyone. We all react differently to foods and need to find out what works for us as individuals. Chances are if you feel addicted to certain foods and can't get enough of it, it probably isn't something you should be eating. I am forever grateful for the help I have received from Karen regarding this and so much more. My life is changed forever! Thank you!

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