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Corn Allergy - Soda
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I have been reacting to corn gluten like crazy. I know that corn is safe for many celiacs. I am not trying to start a corn gluten thread, I am just wondering if those of you who react to corn with gluten like symptoms (mine are the same as when I am glutened) do you react to corn syrup as well as corn? I gave up all corn as far as fresh corn and popcorn but I am continuing to react to something. I drink a 20 ounce bottle of Dr. pepper or Coke every single day. I think I am starting to get migraines and diarrhea from it. It is not the caffeine b/c a lot of times I will drink caffeine free but I think it may be the corn syrup. Would a corn intolerance include corn syrup?

Thanks!!

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I also couldn't tolerate corn for awhile. Products with high fructose corn syrups caused a reaction for me when I couldn't tolerate corn.

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Yes! You could definitely, or should I say PROBABLY be reacting to the HFCS. I am super sensitive to corn in any form. I have even reacted to the new plastics made with corn. That would be the crystal clear plastics that individual serving bottled water comes in (as well as sodas), and even canned food now comes with the corn based plastic lining. I think that just as we tend to become more sensitive to gluten after going gluten-free, we who are sensitive to corn become even more sensitive after being away from it for a while.

How do you handle corn starch? There is hidden corn starch in a lot of foods you would never imagine. They don't have to label it as an ingredient if it is used in processing. Another thing I noticed was that when I first went gluten free, I could still eat Udi's. It wasn't until after I made some gluten-free cornbread that I had any corn reactions, and that seemed to tip the scales. After that experience I started reacting to the corn in the Udi's. I can't even handle xanthan gum now.

If I were you I would try a STRICTLY corn free diet for a while and see how you feel. That means you need to avoid any food with HFCS. You are probably not aware yet of how pervasive it is in our foods. Most ice creams, sodas, and just about any other sweet food is potentially sweetened with HFCS now instead of sugar. When you start reading labels for corn content, I think you'll be surprised.

You need to avoid bagged salads and any other produce that is "pre-washed". I have so far gotten away with eating non-organic meats simply by washing the heck out of them before cooking. They too are "washed" in a "citric acid wash". One of the many things that will surprise you is that MOST citric acid in our foods is not from citrus fruit. They can get it from corn, and because corn is cheaper, that's usually what they use.

"Flavor" and "flavoring" are usually carried on corn. Vitamin fortified foods are out too, because corn is the usual carrier of the vitamins. Some food colorings have corn in them too.

So, whole foods only is the way to go for now. Try well washed meats, certain veggies, and rice or potatoes. But peel the potatoes because they actually gas potatoes with corn based ethanol to keep them from sprouting so soon. And try to make the rice brown rice, because some brands of white rice are polished with corn starch. Oh yeah, check with your grocery store to see if they use corn starch in the ice that you will see in some stores around the broccoli and cauliflower. I guess they use corn starch because it helps the ice to stay frozen longer.

Sounds like a nightmare, doesn't it? But the good news is that you can still eat Hagen Daz, depending on the flavor, and Starbucks ice cream too. (Oh, I forgot if you said you are off dairy.)

You can eat Kettle Brand potato chips or Cape Cods. (Most chips are cooked in corn oil, these aren't.) And you may find out you aren't as sensitive and be able to go back to some of these corn infested products. But it would be a good idea to try being really strict for a few weeks to see what happens.

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I've read that the soaker pads placed beneath meat in grocery stores are often corn-based, as is some toilet paper. So, you do have to investigate practically everything you purchase for corn-based ingredients.

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I've read that the soaker pads placed beneath meat in grocery stores are often corn-based, as is some toilet paper. So, you do have to investigate practically everything you purchase for corn-based ingredients.

Interesting. Could you post a source for that information that you came across? Please. :D

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I know I wasn't the one you asked, but here is a link to one of the many corn forums out there that talks about corn in paper products: http://allergicliving.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3681

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I think this is rather a personal blog, rather than primary information. Many facts listed here are inaccurate for instance:

MODIFIED FOOD STARCH – starch that has been chemically altered to improve its thickening properties. Before the starch is modified, it is separated from the protein through isolation techniques; therefore, the source of the starch used is not required on the label.

Wheat, being one of the eight allergens must be listed in as a component in Modified Food Starch, if used.

Information directly from the FDA would be more factual.

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Well, if you ever want to eat meat again, I suggest you DON'T read this. The stuff they use in pricessing meats is enough to make me want to turn vegan! :lol: And most of the stuff does not have to be labeled.

But they use citric acid in those soaker pads (and a lot of other things). And the citric acid they use is most often corn derived.

Here's the link, but you must be brave:

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/oppde/rdad/FSISDirectives/7120.1Rev2.pdf

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Here is a scholarly article from Wiki that ells how they get most of the citric acid used in foods: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citric_acid

Most of the pectin found in commercial jams and jellys comes from corn too. It's EVERYWHERE!

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Thanks everyone. I was "corned" on Sunday from some bacon. Now I am being extra careful. Now I know that I need to avoid dextrin. Corn is harder to avoid than gluten. They both give me similar feelings so I have to be extra careful now. - jeez.....

Does anyone know if the carmel color in Pepsi throw back (the one with sugar and no HFCS) is corn free?

Thanks!

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Thanks everyone. I was "corned" on Sunday from some bacon. Now I am being extra careful. Now I know that I need to avoid dextrin. Corn is harder to avoid than gluten. They both give me similar feelings so I have to be extra careful now. - jeez.....

Does anyone know if the carmel color in Pepsi throw back (the one with sugar and no HFCS) is corn free?

Thanks!

Sorry, it's from corn. Here is a partial list of corn allergens. Those with an asterisk are not ALWAYS frm corn, but you have to check.

http://www.cornallergens.com/list/corn-allergen-printable-list.php

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Thanks. The sugary kind actually made me feel worse than the HFCS one. Maybe it has more caramel color in place of the HFCS..who knows.

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