Corn is a staple in most consumers’s diets. It is used in everything, but did you ever wonder why and what it can do to you? The facts may make you change your mind about corn and how you choose to use it in your diet.
Why it’s EVERYWHERE!
The reason corn is in so many food products is it’s so cheap for food companies to buy. They use it as a filler, flavor enhancer, or as an ingredient in place of something else just for the sake of saving money. It can also be put there to give you a false sense of nutrition since afterall, corn is a vegetable! But corn is filled with natural sugar, which is eventually turned into fat in your body.
The Dangers of Corn in your Diet
Corn is on the top 10 most common allergies list. It is right up there with wheat, peanuts, eggs, soy, dairy, etc. If you notice, the foods I just listed are among the most common ingredients in food items. Just think, a piece of bread has what in it? Some wheat, egss, dairy, maybe some cornstarch.
If you have a sensitivity to corn it can show in different ways. You can have the most obvious digestive upsets like nausea, bloating, gas, and/or diarrhea. You can also have headaches, joint pain, acid reflux, tiredness, and even neurological symptoms like restless legs. It can do the same thing as gluten and other food allergies can do. The food particles bore holes in the intestines and stomach linings. When the particles make it through to the blood stream, your body attacks it as foreign matter. Now you have the allergy or sensitivity to corn. And that’s not all. Once you have the holes in your intestines and stomach, other food particles can get through and you can develop multiple food allergies or sensitivities.
The only way for your body to heal is to cut corn out of your diet. If you don’t have the allergy or sensitivity, it’s a good idea to cut down on it. There are a ton of corn free alternatives out there now that more and more people have a problem with it. I replaced corn chips with rice crackers, and corn breading with rice flour breading (you can use wheat flour if not sensitive). And not having cooked corn in your diet isn’t going to kill you. There are much better veggies to include in your diet that will do so much more for you. Try spring mix or raw spinach in sandwiches instead of an ear of corn with dinner.
If there’s anything I’ve learned after all these years and medical problems it’s that what you eat can affect you in ways you’d never imagine. I hope to share my experiences with all of you in the hopes I can change the view of the foods in our life.
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