Is It Safe to Eat Corn On A Gluten Free Diet?

Let’s admit it. Corn is used on so many gluten and gluten-free products to replace wheat. The real question here is – Is corn safe on a gluten-free diet yes or no?

Studies are showing contradicting answers, and it is confusing. However, we also know that some of the prolamins which are a group of plant storage proteins in Maize (corn) contain the amino acids zeins that look similar to the wheat gliadin, which will activate immune response by binding to the HLA-DQ2 and DQ8. If you are sensitive or allergic to either one of the four different gliadin peptides – in such case, you sure want to avoid corn.

Corn is used in so many edible and non-edible products like shampoos, soaps, plastics supplements, etc., that it is even hard to believe – how much we are exposing our-self to corn. According to the USDA crop projected 2017, we are consuming corn at 14.4 billion bushels per year. It is the second largest consumption category that is feed and residual use, representing 40 percent of total consumption.

In my book, “What If Gluten Free Is Not Enough?” I am elaborating much more about the different prolamins and the immune connection to gliadin. But the real issue is, that basically, you DO NOT HEAL tissues that had been damaged when you include corn in your diet.

Corn has the same impact as wheat, and it has a negative contribution to your health as the wheat gluten. Unfortunately, studies are showing that people with gluten sensitivity or allergy at a higher risk to develop autoimmune diseases in their lifetime compared to those who are not. And it could also be from corn.

So if you ask me, is it safe to eat corn – the answer is NO.

Try to avoid it in all cost, especially if tested gluten sensitive or gluten allergy. You also want to test it to be safe: TEST Don’t GUESS

I’ve added today a list of Edible & NON- Edible Products that carry corn. I hope this list would be helpful to navigate safely the “corn” confusing.

Corn and Corn by ProducTs:

Corn IncludedMay Include CornOther Edible ProductsNon-Edible Products
Corn alcohol
Corn chips
Corn gluten
Corn extract
Corn flakes
Corn flour
Corn fritters
Corn oil – corn oil margarine
Corn meal
Corn puffs cereal
Corn starch
Corn sweetener
Corn sugar (dextrose, Dyno, Cerelose, Puretose, Sweetose, glucose are all possibilities)
Corn syrup
Corn syrup solids
Corn
Popcorn
Corn meal
Cornstarch
Corn flour
Corn tortillas
High fructose corn syrup
Hominy
Hydrolyzed corn
Hydrolyzed corn protein
Maize
Modified corn starch
Polenta
Tamales (coating)
Taco shells
Vegetable oil
Zea mays
Zeine

Cetic acid
Alcohol
Alpha tocopherol
Artificial flavorings
Artificial sweeteners
Ascorbates
Ascorbic acid
Aspartame (Artificial sweetener)
Astaxanthin
Baking powder
Barley malt
Bleached flour
Blended sugar
Brown sugar (typically the caramel color)
Calcium citrate
Calcium fumarate
Calcium gluconate
Calcium lactate
Calcium magnesium acetate (CMA)
Calcium stearate
Calcium stearoyl lactylate
Caramel and caramel color
Carbonmethyl-cellulose sodium
Cellulose microcrystalline
Cellulose, methyl
Cellulose, powdered
Cetearyl glucoside
Choline chloride
Citric acid
Citrus cloud emulsion (CCS)
Coco glycerides (cocoglycerides)
Confectioners sugar
Cross carmellose 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
Honey
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 food starch
Molasses (corn syrup may be present; know your product)
Mono and di glycerides
Monosodium glutamate
MSG
Natural flavorings
Olestra/Olean
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 (syrup and/or grain may be mixed with corn)
Splenda (Artificial sweetener)
Starch
Stearic acid
Stearoyls
Sucralose (Artificial sweetener)
Sucrose
Sugar
Talc
Threonine
Tocopherol (vitamin E)
Treacle
Triethyl citrate
Unmodified starch
Vanilla, natural flavoring
Vanilla, pure or extract
Vinegar, distilled white
Vinyl acetate
Vitamin C
Vitamin E
Vitamin supplements
Xanthan Gum
Xylitol
Yeast
Commercial soups
Peanut butter
Various meats (cold cuts, ham, hotdogs, sausages)
Breaded or fried foods
Cheese
Chili
Chop suey
Chow-mein
Cheese spreads
Fish sticks
Mixed vegetables (frozen, canned)
Succotash
Pork and beans
Creamed vegetables
Breads dusted with corn meal
Graham crackers
Baking mixes
Pancakes (certain mixes)
Pancake syrups
English muffins
Gravy (thickened with corn starch, for instance)
Salad dressings
Canned or frozen fruits sweetened with corn syrup
Dates and other fruit confections
Ice creams, sherbets
Chocolate milk, milk shakes, soy milks, eggnog
American wines, whiskey, gin, beer, ale
Carbonated beverages such as Coca-Cola, 7-Up, etc
Lemonade
Instant coffees
Powdered sugar
Jams and jellies
Candies
Catsup
Chewing gums
Sauces
White distilled vinegar
Monosodium glutamate
Baking powder
Cake yeast
Bleached flour
Gelatin capsules
Adhesives (envelopes, stickers, stamps)
Toothpastes
Medications (both over the counter and prescription)
Laundry starch

For more information check the National Corn Growers Association this link: https://www.ncga.com/home

Resources:

Nutrients. 2013 Oct 21;5(10):4174-83. doi: 10.3390/nu5104174. Maize prolamins could induce a gluten-like cellular immune response in some celiac disease patients. Ortiz-Sánchez JP1Cabrera-Chávez Fde la Barca AM. Wheat starch, gliadin, and the gluten-free diet. Thompson T.J Am Diet Assoc. 2001 Dec; 101(12):1456-9.Maize prolamins resistant to peptic-tryptic digestion maintain immune-recognition by IgA from some celiac disease patients. Cabrera-Chávez F, Iametti S, Miriani M, de la Barca AM, Mamone G, Bonomi F.Plant Foods Hum Nutr. 2012 Mar; 67(1):24, 30. Nutrients. 2013 Oct 21;5(10):4174-83. doi: 10.3390/nu5104174. Maize prolamins could induce a gluten-like cellular immune response in some celiac disease patients. Ortiz-Sánchez JP1Cabrera-Chávez Fde la Barca AM.

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