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What about non GMO corn?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created March 21, 2013 at 7:21 PM

Hi

What about non GMO corn?

I hear alot why corn is bad since it is GMO, what if you can source non GMO?

Is there still associated risks?

Thanks

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on March 22, 2013
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Humans have no issue consuming sugar or starch, so damning corn for that reason does not seem valid; paleo is not necessarily carbohydrate restriction. The "problem" with corn lies solely with the individuals (a minority) who cannot digest or are intolerant to a handful of proteins present.

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on March 22, 2013
at 11:36 AM

It's not the grain's fault that you cannot digest them!

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on March 21, 2013
at 08:23 PM

Agreed. If you want it and like it, go for it. It isn't Paleo, at all, but that doesn't mean that it's automatically problematic. I eat a -little- corn myself, in the form of hominy grits and masa harina. Both are traditionally processed to help out with the antinutrients a bit and I do buy organic in that so I know it's not GMO. However, these are my priorities and decisions, not representative of what's Paleo or what may be ideal for you.

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on March 21, 2013
at 08:02 PM

If you like corn and it doesn't cause any perceptible problem, go for it.

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@hardeepsura - your other recent question was about barley. If you are new to paleo, one of the base tenets is "no grains or pseudo-grains". There's lots of outliers, and many people can handle some, but not others. However, rule of thumb: no grains.

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on March 21, 2013
at 11:15 PM

I ate pasta made only from rice flour and non gmo corn. I ended up having a lot of stomach pain that lasted from 8 at night to 7:30 the next morning. Grains are still grains even if non gmo.

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on March 22, 2013
at 11:36 AM

It's not the grain's fault that you cannot digest them!

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on March 21, 2013
at 08:19 PM

Non-GMO corn has still been bred for thousands of years to develop high levels of sugar and other traits that were not present in any plants that humans evolved to eat. High-tech methods that directly modify genes -- what most people refer to as "genetic modification" -- are of concern to some people, but even without that corn is a very "modern" food that we might not be well adapted to eat. Similarly, some people blame late 20th-century breeding practices for specific problems with the gluten in wheat, but that doesn't mean that a paleo diet allows unlimited quantities of unmodified wheat. Even heirloom wheat is still high in high-GI carbohydrates, phytic acid, and other things paleo adherents try to avoid.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on March 22, 2013
at 11:40 AM

Humans have no issue consuming sugar or starch, so damning corn for that reason does not seem valid; paleo is not necessarily carbohydrate restriction. The "problem" with corn lies solely with the individuals (a minority) who cannot digest or are intolerant to a handful of proteins present.

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on March 21, 2013
at 07:24 PM

Most everything we eat is genetically modified. I think this is less a concern in the Paleo world -- more to the point, corn is a grain. Some people do fine on it, some people don't.

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on March 22, 2013
at 05:37 AM

Corn is still a grain, not a vegetable. So...

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