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Need Help With Corn Intolerance!


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#1 livelifelarge24

 
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Posted 11 April 2013 - 09:22 PM

After almost two years of being gluten free and getting that totally under control I finally figured out what my one lingering issue was- I don't do we'll with corn products. I ate a lot of tortillas, tortilla chips, corn cereal, etc. before realizing this. I don't have a true allergy, I was tested and had no reaction and my symptoms are digestive rather than anaphylactic.

Anyway I have two questions -
1) HOW avoidant do I need to be? Is this like gluten (which I have to avoid all contact in any shape or form even cross contamination like the plague) or is it ok to have corn syrup, baking powder in baked goods, corn starch in beauty products?

2) Are there any resources online where I can learn more about this? When I was diagnosed Celiac I found a ton of info but I haven't been able to find a good resource for corn intolerance.

Any help is greatly appreciated!! Thank you in advance!
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Posted 12 April 2013 - 01:15 AM

I think Corn is just not digestible as a rule these days. They've bred corn to be very high protein and originally it wasn't like that. It seems to give everyone digestive problems now. So most people just don't eat it, not eating Corn isn't really an issue.


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Posted 12 April 2013 - 01:32 AM

Many of us, especially those of us reactive to lectins (which tend to exist in the outer covering of the grain) can handle very refined corn without problem.  For us it is the tortillas, corn chips, polenta, etc., which has the whole kernel ground up, which cause the problems.  You could test yourself with some corn starch and see how you handle it.


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#4 bartfull

 
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Posted 12 April 2013 - 07:48 AM

I too have problems with corn. I finally got to the point where I could tolerate corn starch (but no corn, corn oil, or corn syrup), but then I got glutened and now I'm intolerant to corn starch again.

 

Here is a good source for info about the places corn hides, and I warn you, it is in EVERYTHING!! Vitamin fortified? The carrier for the vitamins is usually corn. Citric acid? Yep, they can get that from corn and because it is cheap, that's what they almost always use. That means bagged salad is out because they use a corn-based citrus wash. Almost all pills have corn starch - both medications and supplements. Most "natural flavors" and artificial flavors have corn. The list goes on and on.

 

But read as much as you can on this site and you'll learn more: http://www.cornallergens.com/

 

The good news is that MAYBE we can get over it someday.


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Can't eat soy, corn, or foods high in salicylates.

Nightshades now seem to bother me too.

 

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 09:53 AM

I can't handle too much corn either but I can if I have it sporadically. Say one week I can make corn flour tortillas, the next week some tortilla chips, probably no more than once a week though. I am working to eliminate it all together but I love my soft tortillas every so often. I find dropping corn more difficult than gluten so I have to wean and it is taking me a long time.


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Posted 12 April 2013 - 07:11 PM

I think Corn is just not digestible as a rule these days. They've bred corn to be very high protein and originally it wasn't like that. It seems to give everyone digestive problems now. So most people just don't eat it, not eating Corn isn't really an issue.


I disagree with the statement that "most people don't eat corn." I am the only person I know with this problem in my circle of friemds amd colleagues. And it definitely is an issue because it's in nearly everything :/ I guess it will be a matter of experimenting with my own tolerance level. Sigh. Thank you for the website suggestion bartfull, I will check that out.
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Posted 16 April 2013 - 04:29 PM

I'm with Bartfull on this one, unfortunately. Corn is EVERYWHERE! I personally react to even a little bit. It is in vitamins, in anything that is processed in any way. It is in baking powder. Spice mixes.

Avoiding gluten is easy compared with avoiding corn. You will just have to experiment to see how sensitive you happen to be.
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Posted 19 April 2013 - 12:38 AM

I find avoiding corn exactly the same as avoiding gluten. I have to make all my food from basic ingredients anyway so it' makes no difference at all. Most of my friends are at the point where they can't digest things like Corn chips, they are probably fine with trace amounts, corn syrup and things like that


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Posted 21 April 2013 - 01:21 PM

I've read there have been studies done that show corn is as toxic to us as gluten.  It's a cross reactive thing that happens and our bodies don't realize it's not gluten and starts freaking out.  I was sick all last week from corn.  I'm finally starting to feel better.  I cannot eat it or I get stomach issues, face breaks out, headaches, fatigue....a lot like the gluten issues I used to have.  I say avoid it all together, when you can!


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Posted 21 April 2013 - 01:33 PM

I disagree with you on the term "cross-reactive" but many of us have an additional intolerance to corn.


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Posted 29 April 2013 - 09:50 AM

 

If corn makes you sick and you need to avoid it, heres a good place to start. http://forums.delphi...t&gid=416045991


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Posted 29 April 2013 - 09:57 AM

Here"s an interesting article I found,  http://www.drmanik.c...ten allergy.htm
 

If corn makes you sick and you need to avoid it, heres a good place to start. http://forums.delphi...t&gid=416045991

 

 

Your article talks about some sort of "allergy" not Celiac.  Not sure the reliablity of it.  It appears to be someone's personal blog,maybe? I don't think he is at any of the Celiac research centers?


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Posted 29 April 2013 - 11:12 AM

Here"s an interesting article I found,

 

I think this is a :sketchy article at best. No bibliography, no sources, no science. Be cautious of random articles about "gluten allergies"--as technically, there is no such thing-on the internet. I've seen some crazy stuff out there.


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Posted 29 April 2013 - 11:55 AM

I removed the link to the article, the doctors name was on the second line.


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Posted 29 April 2013 - 12:01 PM

I removed the link to the article, the doctors name was on the second line.

 

We saw that  Dave, but without any citations, it really has no validity (for me, anyway)  I do hope you see our point. :)


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