WARNING: the foods we cook for Abby are safe for her, but not necessarily for everyone. Please confirm any ingredients are safe for you before using in your diet. Food Allergies can kill and the best policy is complete avoidance. Read this post for more info.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Corn, real and GMO

One of my big unanswered questions in the last few years is, Why are we becoming a society of allergies?


Corn is a culprit in Abby's complex allergies right now, and I am pretty sure it would be to either real corn or GMO(Genetically modified).

As children my brothers and I and extended family had a laundry list of allergies. My little brother got the worst of it, he like Abby had food allergies and airborne. Fortunately, it seemed he like many, outgrew his food allergies. Today, it seems that many children are not outgrowing their food allergies any more- Why?

I have been reading more and more about corn. When Abby was a baby and the allergist told us she was allergic to corn(and lots of other foods) I did not believe it- could you really be allergic to corn?


In the last month we have gone back to her original elimination list. Corn is tough to eliminate. It is in so many prepared foods.


A great starting place for corn allergies is this website devoted to corn allergies.
Take a look at this list- all of these "can" contain corn- unlike peanuts, or gluten or shellfish or dairy, manufacturers don't have to/nor do they, warn if there is a possibility of corn contamination.


PLEASE NOTE: In addition to the items on this list not including everything that contains corn, not everything on this list will contain corn. It is that they can contain corn, and therefore may need to be outright avoided or used cautiously. Read more about this on the Corn Allergens as Ingredients page. The items identified with an asterisk * are the most common items that might not always contain or be derived from corn. Proceed with caution!

Acetic acid
Alcohol
Alpha tocopherol
Artificial flavorings
Artificial sweeteners
Ascorbates
Ascorbic acid
Aspartame (Artificial sweetener)
Astaxanthin
Baking powder
Barley malt* (generally OK, but can be contaminated)
Bleached flour*
Blended sugar (sugaridextrose)
Brown sugar* (generally OK if no caramel color)
Calcium citrate
Calcium fumarate
Calcium gluconate
Calcium lactate
Calcium magnesium acetate (CMA)
Calcium stearate
Calcium stearoyl lactylate
Caramel and caramel color
Carbonmethylcellulose sodium
Cellulose microcrystalline
Cellulose, methyl
Cellulose, powdered
Cetearyl glucoside
Choline chloride
Citric acid*
Citrus cloud emulsion (CCS)
Coco glycerides (cocoglycerides)
Confectioners sugar
Corn alcohol, corn gluten
Corn extract
Corn flour
Corn oil, corn oil margarine
Corn starch
Corn sweetener, corn sugar
Corn syrup, corn syrup solids
Corn, popcorn, cornmeal
Cornstarch, cornflour
Crosscarmellose sodium
Crystalline dextrose
Crystalline fructose
Cyclodextrin
DATUM (a dough conditioner)
Decyl glucoside
Decyl polyglucose
Dextrin
Dextrose (also found in IV solutions)
Dextrose anything (such as monohydrate or anhydrous)
d-Gluconic acid
Distilled white vinegar
Drying agent
Erythorbic acid
Erythritol
Ethanol
Ethocel 20
Ethylcellulose
Ethylene
Ethyl acetate
Ethyl alcohol
Ethyl lactate
Ethyl maltol
Fibersol-2
Flavorings*
Food starch
Fructose*
Fruit juice concentrate*
Fumaric acid
Germ/germ meal
Gluconate
Gluconic acid
Glucono delta-lactone
Gluconolactone
Glucosamine
Glucose*
Glucose syrup* (also found in IV solutions)
Glutamate
Gluten
Gluten feed/meal
Glycerides
Glycerin*
Glycerol
Golden syrup
Grits
High fructose corn syrup
Hominy
Honey*
Hydrolyzed corn
Hydrolyzed corn protein
Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose
Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose pthalate (HPMCP)
Inositol
Invert syrup or sugar
Iodized salt
Lactate
Lactic acid*
Lauryl glucoside
Lecithin
Linoleic acid
Lysine
Magnesium citrate
Magnesium fumarate
Magnesium stearate
Maize
Malic acid
Malonic acid
Malt syrup from corn
Malt, malt extract
Maltitol
Maltodextrin
Maltol
Maltose
Mannitol
Methyl gluceth
Methyl glucose
Methyl glucoside
Methylcellulose
Microcrystaline cellulose
Modified cellulose gum
Modified corn starch
Modified food starch
Molasses* (corn syrup may be present; know your product)
Mono- and di- glycerides
Monosodium glutamate
MSG
Natural flavorings*
Olestra/Olean
Polenta
Polydextrose
Polylactic acid (PLA)
Polysorbates* (e.g. Polysorbate 80)
Polyvinyl acetate
Potassium citrate
Potassium fumarate
Potassium gluconate
Powdered sugar
Pregelatinized starch
Propionic acid
Propylene glycol*
Propylene glycol monostearate*
Saccharin
Salt (iodized salt)
Semolina (unless from wheat)
Simethicone
Sodium carboxymethylcellulose
Sodium citrate
Sodium erythorbate
Sodium fumarate
Sodium lactate
Sodium starch glycolate
Sodium stearoyl fumarate
Sorbate
Sorbic acid
Sorbitan* (anything)
Sorbitol
Sorghum* (not all is bad; the syrup and/or grain CAN be mixed with corn)
Splenda (Artificial sweetener)
Starch (any kind that's not specified)
Stearic acid
Stearoyls
Sucralose (Artificial sweetener)
Sucrose
Sugar* (not identified as cane or beet)
Threonine
Tocopherol (vitamin E)
Treacle (aka golden syrup)
Triethyl citrate
Unmodified starch
Vanilla, natural flavoring
Vanilla, pure or extract
Vanillin
Vegetable anything that's not specific*
Vinegar, distilled white
Vinyl acetate
Vitamin C* and Vitamin E*
Vitamins*
Xanthan gum
Xylitol
Yeast*
Zea mays
Zein

That list pretty much explains why are finding it so hard to get Abby under control- anything that is prepared or packaged is loaded with any number of those ingredients!

Now take a look at this list where corn may be added-

More Foods and Products to Avoid
This list is of specific foods or other products that one might not recognize as containing a corn product.

Adhesives and gummed papers (envelopes, stamps, stickers, tapes)
Body powders
Bounce dryer sheets
Breath spray and candies
Charcoal briquettes
Chicken
Coffee, instant
Condiments (mustard, mayonnaise, ketchup)
Contact lens solutions
Cream
Dairy products (cottage cheese, cheese, sour cream)
Dental fillings and cements (read the Material Safety Data sheets at http://dental.securesites.com/)
Fresh fruit/vegetables that are coated with wax (which can be derived from corn)
Frozen fruit (blueberries, cranberries)
Frozen vegetables
Hair products (spray, mousse and gels)
Herbal Essence products
Lotion (including those that contain Vitamin E)
Margarine
Meat products (hot dogs, sausage)
Milk - some brands (it could be the container; organic is safest)
Orange juice
Paper containers (boxes, cups, plates)
Peanut butter
Pesticide powders
Pickles
Plastic containers (food containers, cups, plates)
Pork
Rice, enriched (some brands only, e.g. Riceland)
Ricotta cheese
Salad dressings
Soaps and dishwashing detergents
Suntan lotions
Teas
Tomato products
Toothpaste
Tuna fish

It's no wonder we have struggled with her allergies for years. Avoiding the obvious like corn bread, corn, corn syrup doesn't even come close to eliminating the corn. Consider she is also allergic to soy,dairy,msg and more- no wonder she feels rotten all the time! Between soy and corn they are in EVERYTHING.. grocery store organic chicken is fed corn... so she cannot even eat their eggs..

This morning I found this quick article on GMO corn- some research that has not been vetted yet on GMO corn and the connection to kidney and liver damage- caught my attention of course because I am always keeping my eyes peeled for connections between Abby's kidney disease and her allergies.

GMO corn is pretty mainstream. So even honey is a risk- the bee's are often kept close to crops, some which are GMO corn.

1 comments:

Jenna said...

I hate that corn is in everything, even if you look into a GFCFSF diet corn is the main thing you can have. In our society it is main ingredient. Which is sad seeing humans no matter what other issues can't digest corn in the natural form.

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