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Is corn the new gluten?

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Gluten has been the latest food to be avoided by the masses due to difficulty for some to digest products containing gluten. The new culprit causing internal irritation may be corn.

Almost all gluten free food including pasta and bread is made with corn flour. Corn flour is naturally gluten free and won’t pack on the pounds like traditional flour based products but a sensitivity to corn can produce a number of symptoms. Symptoms include a recurrence of joint pain, headaches, dizziness and stomach pains.

During the March 17 episode, Dr. Oz discussed the possible signs one may experience if a sensitivity to corn may be present.

Genetically modified corn sources may be causing gastrointestinal issues in many as they remain unaware. Corn can be found in a number of foods and food additives without listing corn as an ingredient.

Food packaging can be lined with corn plastic, oiled with corn oil, or dusted with corn starch to reduce sticking. Can foods in particular may be lined with a corn based treatment as an alternative to BPA. One of the most widely used corn by product is corn syrup. Corn syrup is used in almost all cereals, and shelf stable sweets, and drinks.

Dr. Oz recommends eating grass fed beef and chicken including eggs produced by grass fed chickens.

Below is a list of ingredients commonly used in food that may or may not have corn listed as an ingredient.

Possible Sources of Corn

Alpha tocopherol
Ascorbic acid
Baking powder
Calcium stearate
Caramel
Cellulose
Citric acid
Corn flour
Corn oil
Cornmeal
Cornstarch
Corn syrup
Dextrin
Dextrose (glucose)
Distilled white vinegar
Diglycerides
Ethylene
Ethyl acetate
Ethyl lactate
Fibersol-2
Fructose
Fumaric acid
Gluten (corn gluten)
Golden syrup
High fructose corn syrup
Inositol
Invert sugar
Malt
Maltodextrin
Margarine
Monoglycerides
Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
Polenta
Polydextrose
Sorbitol
Starch
Sucrose
Treacle
Vanilla extract
Xanthan gum
Xylitol
Zein

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