{Food & Gardening} Cutting Out Corn

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.

Also, almost every animal used for food is given corn in their diet. It is used to bulk them up so they make more money on their meat. Corn is used in feed since it really is so cheap, and it’s the most readily available food product. Also, it’s renewable; there’s never a lack of corn in this country. Corn can be used in starch form to tighten up  bread, cookie, cracker, and many more food batters. It can also be used as a batter to coat items for a crunchy crust, and a main ingredient in so many common snacks like corn chips, popcorn, pirates booty, and even cereals.

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 Solution

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.

Erin (antiquetochic) :)
Photo credit: gardeningblog.net

Comments

  1. Natasha says:

    As a coeliac disease sufferer, corn does not act on the body in the same way as the gluten-containing grains. Perhaps it has a similar effect on people with other types of sensitivities, but how exactly does it “bore holes in the intestines and stomach lining”? This does not sound very scientific and is, frankly, alarmist. I am all for considering changes to my diet but I do this based on scientific evidence. I’m sure you mean well but you lost me with that statement.

    • Hi Natasha,
      I see what you mean. I only write these posts in the hopes I reach someone dealing with something like I am, and if I’m able to help others with the advice I’ve been given by my osteopath and nutritionist team. I have a gluten sensitivity already, which is the main cause of the “holes in the intestines and stomach lining” line. A food allergy or sensitivity happens when your body is either naturally coded to not accept those food particles, or when your stomach lining is penetrated and the food particle gets into the bloodstream and then your body’s cells attacks it as foreign matter. I guess I should have been clear about that if it isn’t already in the post.

  2. I understand that corn, wheat, soy, etc. can cause adverse health effects on some people. If I was experiencing a particular health problem, I would certainly want to get to the bottom of what is causing it, and if corn turned out to be the cause I’d quickly eliminate it from my diet. But I would not lay a blanket caution to everyone to simply avoid corn (or wheat or soy or dairy…). It’s not a poison, after all. And, no, I am not a corn lobbyist, just someone who loves polenta and corn on the cob (yum!!).

    • Linda, I’m not saying to cut out corn from your diet completely. I’m saying if you find you have some of the medical issues above 1-3 days after eating corn, you might want to think about cutting down on it until you can make sure that’s what it is. If you don’t have problems with corn, you can eat it, but in moderation like everything else. I don’t want to deprive anyone of anything they love! :)

  3. You have highlighted a big problem with prepared foods…I have multiple food sensitivities and corn gives me rashes in embarrassing places…I am so glad you pointed out that the only cure is to avoid corn. My doctor prescribed Zyrtec and recommended I take it daily. I decided to cut soy and corn completely out of my diet instead and I feel much better!

    Thankyou for your simple and concise explanation!

  4. what are your thoughts on non GMO organic corn? i don’t eat a lot of it, and cook most things from scratch but i’d hate to give up my favorite corn chips & an occassional corn on the cob in the summer.

    • Lynn, I have had both non-GMO corn and regular ground corn in chips like you. I have had problems with both, but if you don’t have any signs 1-3 days after eating it, then I wouldn’t worry. My system actually took longer to “not like” non-GMO corn products, but eventually it wasn’t happy so I had to cut it out for my own health. Enjoy your chips and corn, but remember moderation. :)