Corn Free Week

Last week in the woods I decided I will take a week off from corn.  7 days, no corn in any form.  This isn’t necessarily because I think corn is unhealthy, nor is it an overreaction to the new ads from the evil Corn Refiners Association about how great High Fructose Corn Syrup is.

No, this is about awareness.  When I stopped eating High Fructose Corn Syrup and transfats I became much more aware of what I eat.  I got really in to reading labels.  Even if it turned out the CRA was right about HFCS or that basically everyone was wrong about transfats, that wouldn’t take away the benefits I’ve enjoyed by removing those products from my diet.  That’s because HFCS and transfats are found in really sorry excuses for food.  Removing those two ingredients from your diet means there’s hardly anything left to buy from a vending machine, as well as about 2/3 of 7-11.  Most foods with either HFCS or transfats, and practically all foods with both will fail the Grandma Test – “If your grandmother wouldn’t recognize it as food, it isn’t food.”

So for one week I’m going to take my examination of what I eat to the next level by trying to find all the ways corn sneaks into my stomach.

Some corn ingredients I’ll be looking to avoid:
Corn Syrup
Corn Syrup Solids
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Modified corn starch
Corn Starch
Corn Meal / Corn Flour
Corn Oil
Corn Gluten
Baking powder
Citric Acid

Corn products I won’t be avoiding:
Pills – from what I’ve read it seems if you’re taking any sort of pill there’s some corn in it. It either binds it, stabilizes it, or makes the time-release deal happen.  I’m not currently taking any pills, but if something comes up during my corn-free week I’m not going to refuse to take medicine.

Second generation corn products – Animals are fed corn, and I’ll be eating those animals.

Some products which may or may not contain corn, which I will ignore:
confectioner’s sugar
dextrin, maltodextrin
dextrose (glucose), fructose
invert sugar or invert syrup
mono- and di-glycerides
malt, malt syrup, malt extract
xanthan gum
ascorbic acid (vitamin C)
monosodium glutamate (MSG)

I don’t think it’s practical to include this last group because in most of these cases the products might have been made with corn, but they might have been made something else, and I’ll have no way to know.

5 thoughts on “Corn Free Week”

  1. Yup, it’s true – there is conflicting evidence on whether or not this chemical invented in the 1970’s is safe or not. So we don’t know. There’s no compelling reason to eat it, and since we don’t know if it’s safe, why not just avoid it? And as I said, HFCS is found in crap anyway.

    The CRA ads only justify HFCS by saying it safe because it made from something natural. Heroin is made from poppy. Cocaine comes from the leaves of the coca plant. Will the Corn Refiners Association say you don’t love your family if you don’t give them cocaine and heroin?

    The article in McNewsPaper linked above makes the assumption that sugar is good for you. Who said that? Seriously, did anyone ever say that? And it doesn’t say that HFCS is good for you, or even that it’s not bad for you – it just says research found no link with obesity.

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