So I understand the negatives of gluten for most people, and some people's issues with potato (I get really achy if I eat too much potato), but what's the deal with corn?
I get that it's not Paleo, but what's are the main issues with it? I know most people can't digest it, but is that pretty much it?
I'm trying to look more at bodily health alot more than whether paleo man ate corn or not.
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Modern corn is mostly starch with very little nutritional value. I prefer to value nutritional density over empty calories. So, other than Insulin/Glucose problems and lack of nutrients, corn should be okay, I guess. OTOH, why bother? (Unless you're just jonesing for Fritos or popcorn)
Maybe its because corn has become the poster child for what's wrong with American agriculture that people are so down on it (King Corn, Food Inc.). Corn oil, HFCS are definitely not healthy and corn by products are in everything (dextrose, corn starch, MSG, etc.). I think some people don't digest it very well either.
Me? I'm a T2 diabetic - so just way too many carbs! lol.
Low nutrition, high phytic acid. They are a grain that doesn't want to be eaten. Peoples who eat too much corn that is not properly soaked and prepared come down with a nutritional deficiency called pellagra. Basically, I think of corn as empty calories.
In addition to the reasons already given, I can't support the corn industry for political reasons. I don't support industries on welfare if I can help it.
I like my starches to have lots of minerals and no omega 6 fats. Corn fails both tests. Eat potatoes or sweet potatoes.
This has been asked before: the main issues
No nutritional value
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I don't eat corn! I can't even say the word c-o-r-n. I have to spell it out. Once, at the dinner table, I asked my wife, "how about some a-n-a-l tonight?" And my son went doodoo in his diaper. He is 40. See what corn does? It contains lectin, arsenic and HIV. Paleo man wouldn't piss on corn. If you are jonesin for corn, you are not paleo. Probably, you want to corn hole yourself! That is why I eat nothing but fruits, berries and twigs. I also like to grease myself up with buffalo lard. Once, I ate nothing but corn for two weeks. My friend Ricky dared me to do it. Do you know what happened? I pooped a pure corn log. The log looked just like corn on the cob. My butt hole was on fire! It wouldn't even flush. How f'd up is that?
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Corn and corn products...like all carbohydrates...are nothing more than sugar molecules bonded together to look like a carb. When ingested, the bonds are broken down and it is similiar to eating table sugar. And then, of course, your blood sugar goes way up and your pancreas secret insulin to control the blood sugar and if you don't use that energy immediately, your body will store the unused energy in your cells as fat. Repeat this process daily and your pancreas will eventually poop out and will not be able to produce enough insulin. You have just arrived at type II diabetes and if your pancreas totally stop producing insulin, then you are a type I diabetic. You then need to inject insulin to control the blood sugar for the rest of your life.
This progression doesn't happen to everyone on the planet. But look at the obesity epidemic, the cardio vascular disease epidemic, the diabetic epidemic, the increasing rate of Alzheimer's...what do you think? Do you want to go down that road on the chance your body will take the wrong fork in the road?
For something crunchy, buy fresh jicama. Refrigerate and then slice and dice, squeeze lemon on the chunks and sprinkle iodized salt. A good snack that is loaded with inulin that will help heal the gut.