Curt Ellis is a filmmaker and four-wheel farmer based in Brooklyn, NY. He co-created the documentaries "King Corn" and "The Greening of Southie," and is a Food and Society Policy Fellow. He is the co-founder of Wicked Delicate.

Take the corn-free challenge

Curt throws down the gauntlet

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November 1, 2007

Every day for the last month, at least one person has asked us: “Did making ‘King Corn’ change the way you eat?”

It’s a simple question, but we’ve never had a good answer for it. A few attempts:

“No, but we’ve changed the way we wish we ate.”
“We’ve started buying grass-fed beef now, and stopped drinking soda.”
“We’re trying — but will you change the way you eat?”
“We’ve stopped eating altogether, actually.”

The honest truth is that it’s hard to change the way you eat. Visiting a 100,000-cow feedlot and home-brewing corn syrup did make fast food a lot less appetizing. I can’t eat a hamburger now without hearing the nutritionist from the film, Loren Cordain: “Hamburger meat is really not meat. It’s fat disguised as meat.” But still, it’s hard to avoid the stuff. Industrial food tastes good — it’s salty and fatty and sweet — and it’s almost irresistibly convenient and cheap.

Curt weighs in today in San Francisco.

It’s been even harder to eat well in the last month on the road with the film. When my blood sugar starts to crash, I reach for the nearest calories, whatever they are. And I’m clearly not alone: I was looking for breakfast in the L.A. airport last Saturday, and found it in the food court, where a dozen fellow travelers were scarfing down pizza — AT 7:30 IN THE MORNING!

So I’ve decided to see if it’s possible: I’m not going to eat corn for a month.

Starting today.

That means no corn-fed hamburgers. No corn-sweetened juice. No corn-oiled salad dressings. Not even my beloved mono- and diglycerides! Frankly, I’m not sure if I can do it. Corn is in nearly every food that comes from a restaurant or a package, and I’m going to be in my home kitchen for less than half of November. The waiters are gonna love me.

I will make one exception to the rule, and allow myself to eat corn on the cob, fresh, as nature intended it. It’s not that I think corn is bad, but the ubiquity of processed corn is a measure of how industrialized our food system has become. And trying to live outside the corn kingdom — without going broke — should make the next 30 days pretty interesting. Think of it as “SuperSize Me” . . . in reverse.

The beginning of a new diet.

But I’m not the only one who gets this question about whether I’ve changed my diet. Ian? Do you read these posts? Time to put up or shut up, buddy — I dare you to make November a corn-free month too.

Editor’s note: follow Curt through his posts made during his month without corn in Culinate’s Dinner Guest Blog posts by Curt.

Curt Ellis and Ian Cheney appear in the new film “King Corn,” directed by Aaron Woolf. The film opens on November 2 in Berkeley and San Francisco, and on November 9 in Portland, Oregon; Austin, Texas; Corvallis, Oregon; Omaha, and Chicago. Visit www.kingcorn.net for details.

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1. by Ian Cheney on Nov 1, 2007 at 11:19 PM PDT

All right buster, I accept the challenge. But just to make it interesting, let’s get our hair tested after the month is through, and see who really made November corn-free.

Your friend, IAN

2. by sam on Nov 2, 2007 at 8:42 AM PDT

I want to get my hair tested too. How do I? You could offer hair testing to raise money maybe? This was my friend Jen’s (of lifebeginsat30.com) idea after we met you on Monday.

3. by BonnieP on Nov 2, 2007 at 10:51 AM PDT

Are you going to skip meat from animals that eat corn normally as part of their diets, such as chicken and pork? What about dairy from cows fed a diet partially supplemented with corn? Hey, you made your complicated bed, I’m just asking about the sheets.

Sam: you, me, and everyone we know! At Tuesday’s screening at least five of us were all wanting to prove how uncorny we are.

4. by Kim on Nov 2, 2007 at 11:46 AM PDT

We love the idea of the corn challenge -- but I’m with you, Bonnie, in wondering about some of the finer points. Like, this being November and all, what about turkey?!

In any case, we know Curt and Ian are serious about this, so we’re helping to put together the King Corn Challenge page today. Watch for it soon.

And I’d love to get Curt’s or Ian’s take on the hair question. Guys? Is this doable for the masses?

5. by James Berry on Nov 2, 2007 at 12:06 PM PDT

Kim: since, as you know so well, we do tend to share thanksgiving together, I’m thinking about this challenge thing, and how to approach that particularly filling holiday.

I suppose we’d have to shoot a wild turkey, which might not be impossible; even it it does it eat corn sometimes, that’s outside of the industrial food chain, so I’d think that’s legit. Bread stuffing would definitely not fly. Wild rice might work. We’d have to find some particularly raw cranberries.

Hmm: sounds pretty doable, apart from the question of a shotgun and permission from your dad to blast one of his pet flock ;) Brings a whole new aspect to the question of a father-in-law and his shotgun, doesn’t it? But if it’s either a wild Turkey or Tofurky, I think I know which way the wind would blow.

6. by sam on Nov 2, 2007 at 2:00 PM PDT

ok - i don’t get it - why no bread stuffing? I don’t know about you - but my bread never has any corn in it. Am I missing something obvious here?

And what about heritage turkeys?

7. by James Berry on Nov 2, 2007 at 2:24 PM PDT

sam: okay, so maybe it is/will be possible to find bread with no corn residue. Or I can make my own. My uniformed guess is that just about any domesticated turkey is going to be raised on stuff that includes corn. But maybe I’ll have to get some advice from Curt and Ian on those topics...before I become a predator in the wild.

8. by James Berry on Nov 2, 2007 at 2:25 PM PDT

by the way, it appears that the automatic email notification of other comments is broken at the moment: we’ll try to get that fixed up soon.

9. by OpusOne on Nov 2, 2007 at 2:40 PM PDT

Hi Sam, a quick check of Slow Foods links gives a great deal of information about the definition of Heritage Turkeys (very interesting actually), but it appears that, other than the way they are raised, their food source is not strictly defined. Mary’s Turkeys in Fresno notes the birds are fed the best of grains, but does not say which kinds (corn or not).

This becomes part of the interesting challenge in the Challenge idea -- how hard is it find a consistent corn-free food once you start considering that when grains become part of their diet, organic or not, corn is often “in the mix.”

Ian & Curt, your work is cut out for you!

10. by Gobsmacked on Nov 2, 2007 at 11:44 PM PDT

WHOO HOO!

I’ve been waiting literally months for my chance to see this film. While I’ve waited I’ve been spreading the word even before I had a clue when and if anyone would get to see it. :)

I’m not quite corn-free but what corn I do allow has to be organic. Monsanto scares me big time. The CAFOs/deteriorating meat packing conditions both for the food and the workers are the big reason I went veggie so the meat issue isn’t as much of a problem though I do still eat eggs. But I’ve started getting them from pastured hens and whoa, what a difference. I didn’t realize until today when I mixed two eggs (organic, humane certified, etc, etc) that I had left over with one of the “easter” eggs. The yolk from the pastured one was much bigger and a deep almost orange color in comparison to the others. I did them over-easy and there was quite a taste difference too. I so want my own chickens now!

Anyway, like I said, I fear Monsanto so along with their milk hormone I decided I didn’t want to support them in anyway besides not wanting to be their guinea pig for the genetically tampered frankenfood (which has since become the bigger reason) so corn was axed. That meant dropping out of the regular corporate grocery stores and reading labels like crazy for awhile as well as going to websites to research the companies producing the foods. Oh, and finding out all the permutations corn takes and is called.

Well, I lost about 14 pounds without trying. I lost my near-constant cravings and frequent hunger pangs and I don’t need as much food to fill satisfied. My daughter lost 23 pounds and her ADD is now managed without meds.

Turns out it’s not more expensive really. First the packaging in the big stores is deceptive and with eating less and not supporting big pharma we are actually splurging much more often and enjoying it so much more.

And the amazing array of dishes I’ve discovered since are so fantastic it makes me wish I’d done this years ago. Absolute bliss.

But I’d have to say that other than the organic milk and some with the eggs (which are fed organic feed), we are down to mostly when we choose to eat corn such as organic corn chips and organic popcorn.

However, one way we did it was by replacing foods which displaced the icky ones over a few months. I thought I would eat up what I had on my shelves but I so liked the new food I ended up boxing the old and sending it on (and I felt guilty because it felt like dumping crap on someone else).

I also started thinking outside the lunch box in that we are so ingrained with what we think we should eat when. Breakfast foods? I like those better in the afternoon if I’m going to eat them at all. I’ll often eat roasted veggies or even soup now to start the day.

As far as traveling? Oh boy. PDX is a good city to find alternatives at restaurants but if I were you I’d stock up on some Lara Bars, nuts, apples, etc. Get an electric tea pot so you can make organic oatmeal in your room and maybe get some of the bulk instant soup mixes too. There’s a great lentil one and another is split pea.

Good luck and great idea for a challenge!

11. by joehawkins on Nov 5, 2007 at 5:31 PM PST

i will join your challenge... but i must say, it probably won’t be a huge challenge for me... i have been watching my corn intake for the past couple of years!!

12. by OpusOne on Nov 5, 2007 at 6:53 PM PST

Joe,

There is a way to sign up to join and support Curt and Ian... take a look at http://www.kingcornchallenge.com. Let them know how it is going.

13. by Kim on Nov 5, 2007 at 7:35 PM PST

Curt and Ian will blog about their diets over at kingcorn.net. Meanwhile, for others who want to join the King Corn Challenge, as Mark says, head over to kingcornchallenge.com. See you there!

14. by MLO on Nov 6, 2007 at 9:23 PM PST

I live this challenge as I have a corn allergy. You don’t have any idea how hard this is going to be for you.

Do you take medication? You can’t go corn-free if you are in the USA unless you are willing to pay for very expensive compounded drugs.

Eat meat? Even some organics have been rinsed with citric acid.

Oh that bottle or bit of plastic that you find the organic, corn-free food in? It is corn and thus has been contaminated by corn.

Welcome to my world. I know it is cheating, but I decided to join your challenge.

Pax,

MLO

15. by MLO on Nov 6, 2007 at 9:30 PM PST

Oh, by the way, there are only a very few milks from specific bottling plants that do not contain vitamin D suspended in corn oil, so, unless you are buying directly from the farmer - or have contacted the company and spoken to the LINE MANAGER - not customer service - you won’t know for sure.

Corn is literally in everything. It does not need to be labeled in certain foodstuffs or other products. I need to write a blog entry on this because I’m amused that some folks think they aren’t consuming corn. Even those of us allergic to it are forced to come into contact with it since it is in just about every medication in existence.

Oh, if you are ever given a dextrose containing IV, you have consumed corn. Saline IV only - and even some of those are contaminated. Also, not on the list is mineral oil in medications. It can be corn oil and not labeled. I found this out the hard way from suffering an anaphylactic episode.

Sorry for the second posting, but I am writing this very late in the evening.

Don’t get me wrong, I am THRILLED you are doing this. It might bring to light what those of us struggling with this allergy deal with day in and day out.

Pax,

MLO

16. by simplyv on Nov 6, 2007 at 11:35 PM PST

#6 Sam - You can make bread stuffing if you make your own bread from scratch using Idun Yeast imported from Norway, or if you use bread from French Meadow yeast-free breads. Otherwise all other breads (in the USA anyway) will at least have yeast grown on corn.. not to mention corn meal on the bottom, corn syrup in it, egg wash on the top, or milk in it. Eggs from chickens who were fed corn. Milk from cows who were fed corn.

I guess it all depends on how “corn-free” you’re willing to go. I’d say it’d be commendable to avoid all obvious corn products, corn starch, dextrose, corn syrup, and citric acid. Just avoiding those alone would be pretty impossible for a lot of people.

Good Luck all! (PS.. I’m one of those cheaters who has a corn allergy, so I do this daily)

17. by simplyv on Nov 6, 2007 at 11:50 PM PST

Oh and I forgot to mention that enriched products (flours/pastas/milks/juices) contain corn.

18. by anonymous on Mar 31, 2008 at 7:32 AM PDT

This is quite a game, though one I have been forced in to due to being extremely allergic to corn. Frankly, I would like to pick up my marbles and go home, but since I can’t, I have a practical question. Where can I purchase Idun yeast? I have gotten close--the Norwegian Seamen’s Church in Houston told me they are out and are having problems with their supplier--to check back with them in a few months.

19. by LS on Apr 15, 2008 at 2:24 PM PDT

Just discovered that this documentary will be on PBS this week! Can’t wait to see it.

I’m pretty much corn-free already. . . not by choice. I do care about the politics of food, but my main reason for avoiding corn is I have a corn allergy (like some of the previous posters). Thankfully I haven’t had anaphylactic reactions to corn, but it is definitely an allergy rather than an intolerance. I cook everything from scratch.

I do get some corn oil in vitamin A and D preparations which are in milk (you can’t get unfortified cow’s milk in Canada plus I do need the vitamin D in the winter months). And there is corn starch in my antihistamine. . . and probably in the ascorbic acid in my apple juice. I seem to be okay with these highly processed corn additives (although corn starch in larger amounts = a reaction). I’ve also heard that bacteria for yogurt thrive on a corn-based medium . . .but I’m okay with yogurt. I’ve heard that some folks with a corn allergy aren’t, though.

Consumers who want info. on whether their food contains corn can be hard pressed to get answers. Companies in Canada are only required to give info. about the “top 8 allergens.” It is time for consumers to be informed about what is in their food!

I don’t specifically avoid corn-fed meat, although I prefer buying grass fed beef for other reasons . . . I have heard, though, that meats in grocery stores are generally treated with citric acid to preserve freshness (citric acid is often corn-derived).

I sure hope this documentary gets a lot of press!

20. by susan on Apr 21, 2008 at 7:21 AM PDT

Which commercially grown foods are low in corn? In other words, can my family eat broccoli, apples, garlic, asparagus tuna, ezekiel flourless bread, steel cut oats and other such “not visibly over processed” products from the regular market and get low corn?

21. by simplyv on Apr 21, 2008 at 2:39 PM PDT

Susan.. most fresh and frozen (plain) veggies are going to be “low corn”. They won’t be 100% corn-free as generally they’re washed or waxed with corn derivatives, but its not a big corn load (unless you’re allergic).

The Ezekiel breads are mostly corn-free. I’m unsure of the yeast, but they’re really low corn.
The corn-free foods blog has a list of corn-free foods if you’re interested.

22. by Susan on Apr 21, 2008 at 10:28 PM PDT

Wow, thanks for answering! Yeah, citric acid is everywhere. I wonder if a good quality honey is okay. I think my yogurt, milk, etc is okay, but not sure, I get it from here:

http://www.cornucopia.org/dairysurvey/FarmID_80.html

We’ve avoided processed foods mostly but this corn thing is eye opening! We are rethinking meat and eggs.

23. by HES on Jul 1, 2008 at 1:03 AM PDT

I was so impressed by your documentary - and post watching it at 2:00 AM - I could not face the “hamburger” either - I am not totally against corn but - have now stopped buying anything labeled with “high fructose corn syrup” because of its link to metabolic syndrom. I think the FDA has not done its job unless it was trying to fatten America. More power to you - I think this documentary needs to air at prime time when the family can watch it and it needs to be on all the network channels.

24. by Mayla on Nov 18, 2008 at 10:07 AM PST

I am also allergic to corn. People underestimate what that means. Even those who have posted haven’t even begun to touch on the problems associated with corn allergy, or corn consumption in the first place.

Companies can change their formulas any time, and aren’t in the habit of changing their labels all the time when they do. This means that people with a corn allergy/sensitivity must avoid almost all prepared foods unless they are willing to have an occasional reaction.

The symptoms of corn sensitivity/allergy include:
* Anaphylaxis
* Asthma and/or shortness-of-breath
* Breathing and/or swallowing difficulties
* Drop in blood pressure
* Stomach cramps, discomfort, pain, diarrhea, nausea and/or vomiting
* Migraine headaches
* Hives or rashes
* Throat face or tongue swelling or tingling.

these are the obvious ones, but there are others you might not expect:
* Depression
* Disturbed sleep
* Eczema
* Corn AllergensFatigue
* Falling asleep suddenly after eating corn
* Fuzzy thinking
* Joint pains
* Hyperactivity (especially in children)
* Inability to concentrate
* Lethargy
* Mood swings and/or behavioral changes (especially in children)
* Night sweats
* Raccoon eyes
* Recurring ear infections
* Respiratory conditions
* Sinus conditions
* Urinary track infections (UTI)

And it is in everything. If you really wanted to go corn free, good luck finding shampoo, lotion, deodorant, make-up, laundry soap, dish soap, bleach, hair dye, and many many other things. I just recently realized I was allergic to the toilet paper at my college, so I have to keep that in mind when I want to use the bathroom.

I may just be extra jaded about it. I live in a very small town where I cannot find many things people would not consider living without such as shampoo and tooth paste. I’m currently trying to find out if Jenni-O changed their turkey burger recipe, which it seems they have.

I am fully supportive of EVERY person who wants to go corn free. GOOD LUCK!!

25. by anonymous on Jan 27, 2009 at 9:39 AM PST

I just found out my toddler is corn-sensitive - along with dye-, peach-, and egg-white-sensitive, too. The big processed stuff was easy-ish to let go of, but it’s everywhere in such hidden areas, like in vanilla flavoring, the supposedly pure stuff.

I’m interested in tips from people who can advise on eliminating corn and yet eat well, especially with snackable items. My son’s in that veggie-refusal stage and I’m challenged to get him a decent meal. And I’m still nursing, so I’m going hungry too! But at least it helps motivate us!

Sympathies to all of you who suffer with this, and kudos to those who are taking on the challenge just for kicks.

Katy

26. by Nicholas Carter on Mar 1, 2009 at 7:53 PM PST

Curt,
i work for a beef plant and 99% of our cows are corn fed. the other 1% being grass fed. after have a long talk with one of my beef specialist about corn and the effects it is having on cows, crops, and the human race i started to take a look into this concept. i have totally changed my life to a 100% corn free diet. it is the best thing i have done for my body in a long time. after reading your story it is encouraging to hear others who understand the evil of corn and what is behind (what i believe) the reason of our obese country. considering corn is the #1 starch that we consume and we don’t even realize it......... i don’t think many people even look @ ingredients. it has been hard to cut out corn considering i love eat every thing i get my hands on just every other fat american out there. but in the last three weeks i have had consumed nothing containing corn, corn bi-products, or anything that comes from corn fed animals. i have lost 15lbs and feel the best i ever have in the 27 years i have been alive. this is not just something i am trying. this life change is just that....... A LIFE CHANGE! we as americans need to understand we are not creating sustainability in our environment and it is not how much we eat but WHAT WE EAT!!!!!!! well to those who are on the wagon good luck. i am spreading the word to those around me and hope that all of you are doing the same. life is a precious thing, so love long and hard those who are close to you.

nick out

27. by anonymous on May 4, 2009 at 3:38 PM PDT

ive been corn free for about 5 days now, my youth leader got me into it and i havent even seen the movie yet. Its hard yes, specially me having not only the high metabolism of a wormhole, but my appetite of a lion as well. Amazingly, i actually feel like im already becoming healthier. Being corn free forces you to eat healthier and it keeps you away from all that fast food and soda. Im less groggy in the mornings, my days seem better, and i am less tired. i just feel healthier and im 90% sure i can make it through a month. My theory is if i do make it through a month corn free, if anyone does, you can stay corn free long after that. im 18 and i can do it can you?

Jimmy.

28. by anonymous on Jun 8, 2009 at 7:57 AM PDT

My 23 yr. old daughter has found that she has a extreme intolerance to corn...when she eats it she has terrible arthritis symptoms. She has reactions to even the corn (dextrose) that is in iodized salt. She now is on the 3rd month of corn free although it’s really hard to make it more than a few weeks without accidently getting a bit on corn in your diet unknowingly...like a bragg’s salad dressing has xanthan gum in it which is grown on corn but wasn’t listing on the ingredients list. The amount of corn that is our daily diet is amazing...you can really not eat out or at anyone’s house probably and be completely corn free.

29. by Diane on Aug 8, 2009 at 8:57 AM PDT

I am with Mayla as I am corn intolerant, as well as eggs, dairy, soy, preservatives and most chemicals that can be inhaled. We bought a new car and the off gassing nearly killed me. Corn is in everything! Besides the food ingredients and beauty products look for it in car tires, drywall and paint. I brush my teeth with baking soda and use all organic shampoo and lotions. I shop at Vitamin Cottage, Whole Foods but occasionally find things at Target or Walmart. I read every label and take lots of notes. My husband is very patient and he must have normal eating moments to compensate the rigid diet I am on.
People are amazed and often unbelieving, but I had high blood pressure, arthritis, thyroid and estrogen imbalance, sinusitis and asthma and those problems are gone. The foods have wreaked havoc with my system for years and the purge has really helped. I was strictly off wheat and gluten for the last 2 years and I am now able to reintroduce wheat in small doses. You would think that a flour tortilla is flour! Well most packaged brands have corn starch in them. Most Asian restaurants dust their meat in corn starch before they grill it.
I would advise anyone, especially with kids, to limit all packaged foods and especially soda. It is nutritionally bankrupt food and should be avoided. There are organic meat companies that deliver to your house and farmers markets are affordable resource for great organic veggies. Learn to cook and preserve our food like Grandma did and we will all be better off.

30. by anonymous on Sep 13, 2009 at 8:11 PM PDT

i live a curn free life and it is very hard and expencive. good luck. are u including product that inc corn? lots out there.

31. by anonymous on Dec 7, 2009 at 7:58 PM PST

I have a corn allergy which is new (among others) and am a type 1 diabetes. I am sad that people who have severe corn allergies (I now have an epi-pen next to my glucose meter) issues are not able to get professional help because corn is so abundant that even doctors and dieticiens don’t even know half of it. This is not something one can easily manage in a small community. I am in Canada and have to get toothpaste from the US. I am still trying to find a farmer who can sell me some fresh milk that I can put in a glass jar. As many mentioned this is not easy, it’s expensive and if you work full-time, you search for corn free food or bake in all your free time. I hope that this message wake some of our politiciens in how they are risking the lives of people with corn allergies with their uneducated decisions. Good luck to all who live with this because it is a danger to their lives and thank you to those who support us.

32. by anonymous on Dec 14, 2009 at 10:00 AM PST

Like a lot of people who have posted comments, I also am allergic to corn. I was just wondering if you were taking into consideration all of the corn used in pharmaceuticals. Its one thing to not eat corn, its another to try and get rid of a headache or basic allergies when everything you try to reach for is made with corn. I can’t even take a bath without checking the ingredients of my soaps. I wish I could stop at just not eating corn, it would be so much more simple.

33. by anonymous on Dec 14, 2009 at 10:29 AM PST

Can others with allergies to corn please post some of their successful workarounds? My toddler is sensitive to it and though we’ve had good success for a year now, I’m newly freaked out about packaging and PSO and biodegradable stuff ... things I’d normally support but now am leery about. Help! Or post links to websites/blogs that can guide us? I found one that is useful at www.cornallergens.com but am interested in others’ success.

34. by simplyv on Dec 14, 2009 at 12:45 PM PST

Corn Allergy Info:
Cornallergens.com is a great place to start, but you’ll want to head to http://forums.delphiforums.com/AvoidingCorn for better information. There’s also no-corn.blogspot.com and corn-freefoods.blogspot.com

35. by corn allergic mom and son on Jan 2, 2011 at 7:27 AM PST

We just found out that my son and I are allergic to corn. It’s pretty daunting to think that everything has corn in it, even down to the shine on the fruit. But we will survive, won’t we. I just make everything on my own. What I wanted to tell everyone is that the FDA is not as strict about putting corn in the list of ingredients which has meant that I have had to call every company to see about corn in their ingredients. What about that...

36. by Cora on Jan 28, 2011 at 8:32 PM PST

my roommate and I are trying to go corn free for a week, does anyone have any tips for us on how to do this within a college student’s budget?

37. by Olivia on Jul 11, 2011 at 9:20 PM PDT

My friend and I have been tossing this idea around for about a month and are about to try it. I don’t suppose you have compiled or found any sort of LIST OF CORN PRODUCTS that we will have to scrutinize labels for?

38. by Katy on Jul 12, 2011 at 5:46 AM PDT

@Olivia, yes there’s a great list at http://www.cornallergens.com/list/corn-allergen-list.php.

39. by Gregory on Dec 7, 2011 at 3:42 AM PST

There is some corn oil in vitamin A and D preparations which are in milk (it couldn’t be get unfortified cow’s milk in Canada) Remember everyone need the vitamin D in the winter months).We all should also limit all packaged foods and especially soda. I watched german film with sibtitles(used <a href="http://wmv-player.com/”>Wmv player</a>)about health and food and they say there is nothing more impotant than absence of anything unnatural

40. by Danna on Feb 18, 2012 at 6:50 AM PST

I have a 17 year old son recently diagnosed with food allergies: milk, nuts, shellfish, watermelon, cantaloupe, and CORN. We are trying to shop and eat corn free, but it is so hard. Does anyone know of a site that has a list of foods/drinks you CAN have?

41. by simplyv on Feb 18, 2012 at 7:21 AM PST

You may want to check out http://corn-freefoods.blogspot.com -- Avoiding corn is a big challenge, and not everything on the list is going end up being safe, but it should give you a good place to start.

42. by anonymous on Feb 18, 2012 at 8:09 AM PST

Start with what he can have - grapes, bananas, etc. We bake a LOT of our own stuff to avoid corn for my son, so we use Hain baking powder, which has no corn starch. Trader Joe’s has a lot of corn-free foods that you can substitute for common snacks: crackers, pretzels, breakfast fruit bars, etc. It took us about six months to get a pantry-full of food he can have (my son’s also allergic to eggs, so maybe it’ll be easier for you? Many products now list milk, wheat, eggs on the label). The post above is good for familiarizing yourself with the other names corn goes by (like modified food starch). Peapod.com is good to use to read ingredients so you don’t spend hours in the grocery store comparing products. Good luck to you.

43. by anonymous on Feb 18, 2012 at 8:10 AM PST

Oops, also, use block cheese and grate it yourself, to avoid food starch (they put it in to avoid clumping), and Trader Joe’s powdered sugar, same reason. There’s McCain’s french fries in the freezer section.

44. by Randy on May 28, 2012 at 6:55 AM PDT

I went corn free about 2 months ago. It wasn’t easy but I feel 100% better without all the over processed food in my system! It is all worth it!

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