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How Do You Do A Food Challenge For Corn?

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Do you just cold turkey eliminate it? People say it is in so many things. Where do I find a resource for all the things that it is in? Has anyone ever done this? Do I reintroduce it in a week or two and see what happens? Something is making me sick.Thanks.

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When I did an elimination I was told to drop everything I might be reacting to and then add things back in one at a time, eating the suspect item 3 times a day for a week or until I reacted.

Go with as much whole food as you can so you don't have to worry about reading labels. With something like corn I think I would do a week with fresh corn, keeping in mind it is normal to see what look like whole kernals if you don't chew it well. Then do a week with gluten-free corn flour or meal, maybe using it as a coating for chicken or as cornbread made with all other ingredients that you know you tolerate. Then one last challenge using items with HFCS that you know you tolerate the other ingredients in. Maybe juice or jellies or such.

I think corn is a bit tough as it is in so much processed foods and some of those foods have a high chance of CC risk with stuff like Doritos being one example.

Good luck with the challenge.

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Corn IS in everything. Google corn allergy and you will find quite a few forums and other sites that can help. I will tell you that most of the time if you see citric acid in the ingredients, it is from corn. The citrus wash they use on bagged salads and baby carrots is from corn. (That means if you get a salad at a restaurant, you have to ask if they use a vegetable wash.) Most baking powder is made with corn starch. Milk has corn in it if it is vitamin D fortified - corn is the carrier for the vitamin. Most flavoring, INCLUDING "natural flavor" is from corn.

Whole foods. Wash your meat well because the soaker pads under the meat are full of corn starch. Wash your vegetables well and peel them. If you can tolerate dairy you CAN eat some ice creams - Hagen Daz (only certain flavors - check the label), SOME Ben and Jerry's (Although I have had trouble with gluten CC because a lot of theirs are made on shared lines.) And Blue Bunny All Natural are OK because they use sugar instead of corn syrup.

I was eating well washed meat, cheese, eggs, rice, bananas, broccoli, and cauliflower mostly. Then I got avocados back. Then I got sweet potatoes back. Now, after a year, I am healed enough that I've gotten corn back.

It won't be easy but you can do it. If you need any more tips, shoot me a PM. :)

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