The Hidden Food Allergy: Corn

Corn allergies may be the most undiagnosed food allergy in the Un ite d States due to its presence in nearly all processed foods.  Because people are overexposed, they never realize what is making them sick.  Corn allergies can often be misdiagnosed as IBS, Arthritis, Thyroid Disorders, Obesity and more.  In reality, it could be corn and its many derivatives that are at the root of the problem.

Do you feel tired all the time, better before you eat than after you eat in the morning?  Do you feel like you have to take a nap after you eat?  Are your ankles swollen?  Do you have chronic sinus problems, bowel problems, gas, bloating, and stiffness in your body?  You may have a food allergy, and it could be corn.  Many people associate allergies with peanuts, for example, which, if severe will send you to the emergency room.  However, many people who have corn allergies suffer needlessly.  They never know why they feel so rotten.

How do you know if you are allergic to corn?  Requesting an allergy test that includes corn from your doctor is the easiest way.  You can also keep a food journal, and by tracking the results of what happened after you ate certain foods, you can hone in on what’s causing the trouble.  Some people have a corn intolerance, and not a full blown allergy, but if avoiding corn makes you feel better, than it actually doesn’t matter what you call it.  What really matters is what you do about it.

Corn is in nearly every product in the United States.  Most people are aware of High Fructose Corn Syrup, but many don’t know about all the other ways corn gets into your food or on your body.  Some of the most common corn derivatives are citric acid, monosodium glutamate, alcohol, food starch, dextrose, and maltodextrin.  To go corn free food, one must generally avoid packaged foods.

What will you eat if you are allergic to corn?  If you have any food allergy, you need to be prepared.  Making menu plans is one of the best ways to manage a food allergy.  Don’t get “stuck” with nothing to eat at home, or without bringing snacks on outings, as it is a recipe for disaster.  If you are allergic to corn, you will need to prepare most of your own food from scratch and get some great corn free recipes.  The best way to approach this problem is to get recipes online and modify them to fit your needs.  Also, think whole foods like vegetables, fruit, rice, meat, fish, and milk.  Lastly, get some gadgets to ease your burden such as a bread machine, crockpot, and food processor.  This will make the transition much easier.

Many are suffering from corn allergies and don’t even know it.  If you have any of the above symptoms, you owe it to yourself to get tested.  If you are not allergic to corn, you may have other food allergies that are preventing you from leading a full and healthy life.  No one can tell you how you feel.  If you don’t feel well and you are not operating at 100%, consider digging deeper.  Maybe your medications are simply suppressing symptoms and not solving your problems.  In the end, it is you that is responsible for your health and no one else.

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