Corn Allergy

Corn Allergy is, in my opinion,  the most frustrating allergy to have. You must avoid not only corn on the cob, corn chowder etc, but any product that uses corn derivatives, such as corn syrup, corn starch, corn meal. Corn is even used in medicines, vitamins, toiletries, and packaging.  Unfortunately it also is NOT an allergen required to be stated on packaging.  Luckily I have found a few websites with a plethora of useful and sound advice for you. I will share some of what I have found on them here.

From <cornallergens.com>: “Eliminating hidden corn from a diet is the biggest challenge. For some inexplicable reason, if a food item (allergen or not) is used as part of the preparation or packaging process, it is exempt from the requirement to be listed as an ingredient, thereby “hiding” it from the consumer (think of cornmeal baked into bagel crusts but not listed in the ingredients). Over the past couple of years, milk, peanuts and eggs have gotten a bit of attention, and it is more common to see an allergen notice on prepared foods that may contain those items. An ingredient of an item being derived from corn is another way corn is hidden in our foods.”

The most common ingredients that contain hidden corn are: High Fructose Corn Syrup, Citric Acid, Dextrose, Iodized Salt, and Monosodium glutamate.  You will need to be incredibly vigilant about checking ingredient labels- But even that is not enough, be persistent, contact companies, check and double check! Because,  for some reason Corn is NOT required to be stated on labels YET!! -and is often hidden in products. I agree, a corn allergy is completely overwhelming. But please do not despair, many other people have this same allergy, and have done a LOT of your homework for you!! Please check out these websites!

http://www.cornallergens.com This website has SO much really good information on it, including food ideas, products to beware of and a lot of sound advice! Here are product avoidance lists from this website:

“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!

  • Acetic acid
  • Alcohol
  • Alpha tocopherol
  • Artificial flavorings
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Ascorbates
  • Ascorbic acid
  • Aspartame (Artificial sweetener)
  • 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)
  • Splenda (Artificial sweetener)
  • Starch (any kind that’s not specified)
  • Stearic acid
  • Stearoyls
  • Sucralose (Artificial sweetener)
  • 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

This list is of specific foods or other products that one might not recognize as containing a corn product.

  • Adhesives and gummed papers (envelopes, stamps, stickers, tapes)
  • Body powders
  • Bounce dryer sheets
  • Breath spray and candies
  • Charcoal briquettes
  • Chicken
  • Coffee, instant
  • Condiments (mustard, mayonnaise, ketchup)
  • Contact lens solutions
  • Cream
  • Dairy products (cottage cheese, cheese, sour cream)
  • Dental fillings and cements (read the Material Safety Data sheets athttp://dental.securesites.com/)
  • Fresh fruit/vegetables that are coated with wax (which can be derived from corn)
  • Frozen fruit (blueberries, cranberries)
  • Frozen vegetables
  • Hair products (spray, mousse and gels)
  • Herbal Essence products
  • Lotion (including those that contain Vitamin E)
  • Margarine
  • Meat products (hot dogs, sausage)
  • Milk – some brands (it could be the container; organic is safest)
  • Corn AllergensOrange juice
  • Paper containers (boxes, cups, plates)
  • Peanut butter
  • Pesticide powders
  • Pickles
  • Plastic containers (food containers, cups, plates)
  • Pork
  • Rice, enriched (some brands only, e.g. Riceland)
  • Ricotta cheese
  • Salad dressings
  • Soaps and dishwashing detergents
  • Suntan lotions
  • Teas
  • Tomato products
  • Toothpaste
  • Tuna fish”
  • Pet and animal foods, dog treats, horse feed, etc.

http://www.cornallergens.com I HIGHLY recommend looking at this page under “Foods and Meals” list for some good food options to consider.  You are not alone on this battle! Remember avoidance is the only option when you have a food allergy.

Elimin8 Plus Corn is another great source for info and a useful cookbook to order is: http://www.elimin8pluscorn.com/

Also Please look at Navan Foods, the grocery items are CLEARLY marked what each contains, and they DO have many corn free items! [check Miss Roben's brand, and Allerenergy, ] Shipping is very reasonable as well! https://www.navanfoods.com/

http://healthy-family.org/forum/ is a blog with a categories for allergy restrictive  foods, recipes etc. Also see: http://healthy-family.org/quick-links-to-gluten-free-corn-free-recipes ~All recipes are free of wheat, gluten, and corn products, and also made without artificial ingredients.

http://www.vishniac.com/ephraim/corn-foods.html

http://www.cornallergysymptoms.com/

http://forums.delphiforums.com/AvoidingCorn/start this is a corn allergy message board. valuable resource for multiple allergies as well.

A warning about sunscreens!~Topix Replenix: CF Advanced Anti-Photoaging Complex SPF 45, Neutrogena Spectrum+ Advanced Sunblock Lotion, SPF 55,  Lavera Sunblock Children and Babies SPF 30, and Desert Essence SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen all contain xanthan gum which is corn derivative.

Be aware: Apparently they are also manufacturing carpet out of corn now too! [‘Carpet made from corn‘] and [Corn Carpet].

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