CORN FACTS


Corn is a GRAIN, not a vegetable.

Corn used to be found on very small cobs. Corn has been genetically altered to be much larger and sweeter tasting than it was originally.

Corn contains a large amount of natural monosodium glutamate (MSG). There is a high amount of MSG in corn, and sweeter (genetically modified) corn has a higher amount of MSG. All sources of MSG could be said to be "natural" as it is naturally occurring in nature. Beware of "natural flavorings" in food, as they often contain MSG and other "natural" but sometimes harmful ingredients.

Corn fiber is indigestible.

Corn syrup is a super-charged sugar even more damaging to health than cane sugar according to a dentists, Dr. Frank J. Jerome. He connects tooth decay to corn syrup in his book Tooth Truth.

Corn and its by-products are in the majority of packaged and processed foods, as it is abundant and inexpensive in America.

Corn is not recommended for ANY blood type according to the author of Eat Right for Your Type.

Corn is highly allergenic. Some common reported symptoms associated with corn intolerance or corn allergy are:

     Vomiting
     Headaches
     Ringing, throbbing or itchy ears

Carolyn's comments:

The reason I put the corn facts together is that I learned that my son, daughter, and myself all react to corn in different ways. In fact, when I first began eliminating offending foods in my son's diet, I documented the worst reaction to food EVER was after eating Corn Pops cereal. The first three ingredients of Corn Pops are; corn, cane sugar, and corn syrup!

Dr. William Walsh explains in his book Food Allergies: The Complete Guide to Understanding and Relieving Your Food Allergies explains the different types of food reactions from either the protein of the food or the chemicals in the food. In the case of corn, MSG is the culprit chemical for many people.

I found it difficult to face the fact that I was reacting to corn because I like it so much, but I had been suffering from symptoms after eating it for years. I took a corn challenge test on myself, and sure enough, I reacted to corn every time I ate it.

Here is a corn challenge you can try to see if you are sensitive to the MSG in corn:

Boil corn on the cob in water in a saucepan until it just begins to become tender. Be sure it is still on the "crunchy" side. Eat the corn to see if you experience a reaction. It may take a few minutes or hours before you experience a reaction. If you notice a reaction shortly after eating it, you may be sensitive to the MSG in the corn. There is a higher concentration of MSG in corn on the cob because it cannot easily escape into the water as it would if the corn was cut from cob.

There are other ways to identify the culprits in popcorn. Try the following only if you experience mild reactions. If your reactions are severe, stay away from corn!

If a reaction only happens after eating microwave popcorn, it may be the soybean oil or other ingredients in the popcorn. Bearitos microwave popcorn contains only popcorn and salt. If you do not react to their popcorn, it is likely that corn is not the culprit.

If you did not react to the corn and want to know if the soybean oil is the problem, purchase ACT II's Old Fashioned Natural flavor as it only contains popcorn, soybean oil, and salt.

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