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What is in Corn that is giving me issues?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 15, 2012 at 12:36 AM

So through paleo, I've managed to figure out that I'm gluten and dairy intolerant. My family sticks to paleo about 95% of the time, and we had a little cheat last night. My husband picked up some corn chips to go with our guacamole. We've had this guacamole before, it's made at a local store by all real ingredients - we've been getting it there for years and so I don't think it's the issue. But after eating the corn chips I had the worst heartburn last night (but I'm pregnant, so maybe that would have happened anyway!) but today I had some horrible bathroom visits that basically it seemed like I'd had a lot of gluten. The corn chips were gluten-free, and I don't tend to react to just trace gluten, or at least I don't react this badly. I still feel horrible!

I'm wondering if anyone else has issues with corn and what is it that causes the issues. Is it a corn allergy? I know there's no gluten in corn, but is there something else similar? I've heard that there's lots of phytic acid in corn, could that be irritating my intestines? Also, I was diagnosed with IBS, but I think that that's just because I had undiagnosed gluten and dairy intolerances. But maybe IBS is just a combo of different food sensitivities, and maybe corn is another one?

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on March 16, 2012
at 02:41 AM

It's great to know that I'm not the only one! My husband was thinking that it wasn't the corn and ate some more of the corn chips today. He's got some serious gut rot right now! Now he's convinced! lol!

Dc0b6400ec0a34615510f4e01cedab28

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on March 16, 2012
at 02:40 AM

That's an interesting idea - that it's not actually the gluten, but one of the proteins that make up gluten that's the issue. I wonder if anyone's looked at that in people with Celiac? It's not difficult to give up corn after having the reaction I had! lol! I'm D.O.N.E. with corn!

Dc0b6400ec0a34615510f4e01cedab28

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on March 16, 2012
at 02:37 AM

That's very true! I believe there was soybean oil in it too. It was organic, but that doesn't mean it isn't highly processed.

C4134ed417dbc0a6b79ab2cee32632d3

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on March 15, 2012
at 07:28 AM

Seems we're similar. My kids had popcorn at the weekend and they were stinking! It takes quite a few servings of wheat for this to happen.

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on March 15, 2012
at 03:03 AM

I have the problem with fresh corn right off the farm as well. The only processing is adding salt and butter.

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on March 15, 2012
at 02:21 AM

Good point - it's a processed food & the corn is not in its pure form. I wonder if you would have reacted like that if you had sweet corn on the cob? Might be the PUFA oils that you are reacting to....

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on March 15, 2012
at 02:08 AM

Corn chips are made from more than just corn. The cheap supermarket varieties here are about 25% vegetable oil by weight (and you can put money on the oil not being EVOO), so it's not just the corn you have to be aware of. (I'm not saying that it's not the corn that you're reacting to, just that there's more than the corn to be aware of)

C56baa1b4f39839c018180bf63226f7d

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on March 15, 2012
at 03:03 AM

I have the problem with fresh corn right off the farm as well. The only processing is adding salt and butter.

Dc0b6400ec0a34615510f4e01cedab28

(385)

on March 16, 2012
at 02:37 AM

That's very true! I believe there was soybean oil in it too. It was organic, but that doesn't mean it isn't highly processed.

Aa6717c2a045f299009541b941e8a821

(340)

on March 15, 2012
at 02:21 AM

Good point - it's a processed food & the corn is not in its pure form. I wonder if you would have reacted like that if you had sweet corn on the cob? Might be the PUFA oils that you are reacting to....

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on March 15, 2012
at 01:55 AM

The offending protein is likely zein (pronounced zee-in). Here's a wikipedia article about it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zein. I have celiac disease and have a reaction to corn, too. I was hoping that masa harina would be ok, but even it causes me trouble.

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on March 15, 2012
at 01:46 AM

I have worse problems with corn than with wheat. I have to truly fall off the wagon for wheat to give me intestinal problems, but one good bowl of popcorn sends me running for the bathroom ALL DAY the next day.

Corn is not meant to be digested. It is wood bark. My body rejects it, hardcore.

Dc0b6400ec0a34615510f4e01cedab28

(385)

on March 16, 2012
at 02:41 AM

It's great to know that I'm not the only one! My husband was thinking that it wasn't the corn and ate some more of the corn chips today. He's got some serious gut rot right now! Now he's convinced! lol!

C4134ed417dbc0a6b79ab2cee32632d3

(1801)

on March 15, 2012
at 07:28 AM

Seems we're similar. My kids had popcorn at the weekend and they were stinking! It takes quite a few servings of wheat for this to happen.

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C56baa1b4f39839c018180bf63226f7d

on March 15, 2012
at 12:40 AM

Here! Right here! I had to stop trying to treat corn as "hey, it's not wheat" because it does exactly that. Corn has a prolamin just like wheat; it doesn't contain gliadin, but that doesn't mean that you won't have a response to it.

I recommend just not eating it. I know it's hard to not be able to cheat with corn, but in the long run you will be better off for it.

Dc0b6400ec0a34615510f4e01cedab28

(385)

on March 16, 2012
at 02:40 AM

That's an interesting idea - that it's not actually the gluten, but one of the proteins that make up gluten that's the issue. I wonder if anyone's looked at that in people with Celiac? It's not difficult to give up corn after having the reaction I had! lol! I'm D.O.N.E. with corn!

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on March 15, 2012
at 04:18 AM

On top of all of the above possible reasons you may be reacting negatively to corn, my holistic doctor won't allow any of his patients to eat any corn whatsoever. It has more to do with the GMO factors than anything else. He believes that corn has been messed with for so long now that there isn't any found in the US that wouldn't be contaminated with GMOs. He believes that the genetic make up through hybridization of corn has permanently tainted the corn supply forever. Take it for what it's worth, but he's freakishly accurate about things like this. He does magnetic, muscle and blood tests for food allergies and said he has had no one in his 30 year clinic test positively for corn, meaning no one's body assimilates it easily.

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on March 15, 2012
at 01:58 AM

Lectin and phytic acid might be the culprits in corn that are affecting you.

http://www.westonaprice.org/food-features/plants-bite-back

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on March 15, 2012
at 04:49 PM

I like Stirling's comments. GMO, bad. Don't eat corn...95% is GMO anyway. A lame macronutrient to boot!

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on March 15, 2012
at 02:51 AM

Corn is a grain

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on March 15, 2012
at 01:53 AM

My husband and I got Chipotle on Sunday (with corn salsa and chips). I had GI trouble all day Monday and Tuesday. So weird. I've been doing Paleo since the beginning of February and I've cheated here and there, but I don't think I've had corn since the start. It really tore my stomach up.

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on March 15, 2012
at 01:28 AM

I noticed this just the other day when I ate some of my husband's Fritos. I have issues with gluten, and apparently with corn as well.

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