We are a country that eats a lot of corn and corn products. The United States grows more corn than any other country in the world. The Corn Belt in the US is the leading corn grower and grows more than 35% of the world’s corn. However, only a small percentage of the corn is actually eaten “off the cob” like we did when we were kids. Times have changed and so has corn.
Corn can be used in a multitude of ways and can be found in numerous products that stock our shelves.
The obvious items that contain corn:
- Corn alcohol, corn gluten
- Corn extract
- Corn flour
- Corn oil, corn oil margarine
- Corn starch
- Corn sweetener, corn sugar, HFCS
- Corn syrup, corn syrup solids
- Corn, popcorn, cornmeal
- Cornstarch, corn flour
If you weren’t aware, corn is a hugely subsidized crop, to the tune of 77 billion dollars from 1995-2010. Obviously, there is a huge incentive to grow it. Because there is an abundance of corn and it is cheap, new ways of using it are constantly being researched and discovered. So it is no surprise that corn can be found throughout America’s diet, from packaged foods to sugary drinks/sodas to medications to personal care products to the meat that we eat. We are constantly exposed to corn and for those who have a corn sensitivity, staying away from it can be difficult.
Many people are sensitive to corn
and suffer with symptoms when they eat
or are exposed to corn in other ways.
This is an issue that is on the rise and affects millions of Americans. Corn sensitivities can present with a wide range of symptoms such as:
- Runny Nose
- Stuffy Nose
- Tired after eating
- Headaches / migraines
- Sinus Problems
- IBS symptoms
- Stomach aches
- Gas / Bloating
People can take corn, and the obvious items that contain corn, out of their diet and this will reduce the symptoms associated with a corn sensitivity. However, this does not always reduce all of the symptoms as corn is hidden in so many items that people are exposed to on a daily basis. It is extremely difficult to remove all of the daily corn exposure as corn has permeated our diet and our lives over the past several decades. Exposure to corn can be hidden in items that people didn’t even realize had corn in it, so total avoidance can get extremely tricky.
If you think you don’t eat corn, think again. Did you know that corn or corn derivates can be found in these items?
- Adhesives and gummed papers (envelopes, stamps, stickers, tapes)
- Body powders
- Breath spray and candies
- Charcoal briquettes
- Condiments (mustard, mayonnaise, ketchup)
- Dairy products (cottage cheese, cheese, sour cream)
- French Fries
- Frozen fruit and vegetables
- Hair products (spray, mousse and gels)
- Liquid herbs and spices
- Meat products (hot dogs, sausage)
- Paper containers (boxes, cups, plates)
- Peanut butter
- Plastic containers (food containers, cups, plates)
- Salad dressings
- Soaps and dishwashing detergents
- Suntan lotions
It is not possible to list all of the items that contain corn here, as the list would be too long. We have only listed a very small sampling for your review. However, there are numerous websites that contain research and complete lists of all of the items that contain corn. If you or someone you know suffers with symptoms associated with a corn sensitivity, we urge you to please pass this information on to them as it may be beneficial to start learning about all of the places that corn can be hidden. It is surprising to see the full lists and find out everywhere that corn is now found.
The symptoms associated with corn sensitivities can be difficult to deal with, as avoidance is very tricky. After seeing the small sampling of items that contain corn, hopefully it is easy to see why this particular sensitivity can be so challenging.
At Absolute Health, we offer an advanced therapy that can help relieve or significantly reduce the symptoms associated with corn allergies. This treatment is non-invasive and does not include needles, supplements or medications. It is completely pain-free and available to all ages, including infants. If you suffer from corn allergy symptoms, please call our office today at 480-991-9945 and find out how we can help.