CORN! What tha…. ?!

When I see the word CORN, this is what I picture:

I’ve also seen this scene…

I think of pilgrims and Native Americans and farmers, looking over the ridge, proud of their bumper crop of corn. The sun setting as a combine makes meticulous rows through the acres… Is that what you see?

I think popcorn, corn on the cob, sweet corn, creamed corn, and corn bread.

I think wholesome… healthy… natural… historic food.

How often does your household eat corn? Weekly? Monthly?

Think again.

I’m sure you know by now that corn is a MAJOR (more like, essential) player in  commercial food and agriculture. Your store bought beef, chicken, pork, and lamb are fed corn diets. (Think about THAT for a quick second– when is the last time you saw a cow standing in a field, eating corn on the cob?) It’s cheap, it’s easy to grow, and it produces a monstrous amount of ingredients for the Modern American Diet. (Read: FAKE FOOD.)

I went grocery shopping yesterday with this new FFF thing in mind. A little pep talk to myself (Ok, I can do this. Really, it can’t be that hard, right?) and I armed myself with some money and went.

UGH. The most infuriating shopping trip I have ever been on. If you want to minimize your corn intake, you better make a copy of this list:

  • Acetic acid
  • Alcohol
  • Alpha tocopherol
  • Artificial flavorings
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Ascorbates
  • Ascorbic acid
  • 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 fumarate
  • 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
  • Sorbitan monooleate
  • Sorbitan tri-oleate
  • Sorbitol
  • Sorghum* (not all is bad; the syrup and/or grain CAN be mixed with corn)
  • Starch (any kind that’s not specified)
  • Stearic acid
  • Stearoyls
  • 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
  • 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! Source: http://www.cornallergens.com/list/corn-allergen-list.php

Try excluding all that from your shopping cart, and you’re limiting yourself to a diet of fresh produce and water.

Please, don’t get me started on the methods that the food science industry uses to exude these chemical products from the corn. Is it any wonder why our society is becoming the most cancer, diabetic, arthritic, eczema, disease ridden obese people in the history of EARTH?!

Our food is FAKE. We eat what is easy. We are lazy, and don’t want to cook. We chose to spend $200+/month on cable, internet, and phone, but refuse to buy the $5 milk (grass fed, free range, organic, antibiotic, steroid free) over the $2.50 (gross) milk.

Just for fun, check out this link to the National Corn Growers Association.  Hopefully you have some time to browse around and look at the thousands of non-food based products that are derived from corn as well. Honestly, it makes me sick to think that the same processes that are used to create food that I feed my family are also used to make cleaning products, feminine supplies, and plastic! How far off are those ingredients, scientifically? “Add an extra hydrogen element here, and we can transform this corn syrup to gasoline! Voila!”

Please, be more aware of what you are feeding to your families, and to yourselves. There is a reason why processed food is cheaper than whole food. (That’s another subject, but I also find that absolutely ridiculous. BROCCOLI should be cheaper than Cheetos. Period.)

Copy the list! Bring it with you shopping. Pretend like you are deathly allergic to all corn by-products if you have too.

One last thing, I still find corn-on-the-cob with butter & salt irresistibly good….  You should too! Corn is not the devil- the commercialized food industry is!!

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3 Responses to CORN! What tha…. ?!

  1. michelle says:

    Honestly, it makes me sick to think that the same processes that are used to create food that I feed my family are also used to make cleaning products, feminine supplies, and plastic! How far off are those ingredients, scientifically? “Add an extra hydrogen element here, and we can transform this corn syrup to gasoline! Voila!”

    preach the gospel sister!! thx for blogging 🙂

  2. Jacque says:

    A very intimidating list! I try to go by the “If I can’t pronounce it, I don’t eat it” rule. It’s hard. I did find cottage cheese today that did NOT have corn starch or artificial color in it. I still don’t get that… artificial color?? Why?

  3. pdxby7 says:

    I know! Cottage cheese is WHITE. Milk is WHITE….It does not compute. Lol. There is starch in everything! It’s gross.

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