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Do you consider sweetcorn to be paleo and have you experience stomach pain after consuming grains?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 21, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Dear Sirs,

Some may consider me to be lacking knowledge on this subject however I wish to ask whether sweetcorn is considered to be "paleo"?

I would also like to ask if anybody else has experienced stomach problems with regards to consuming grains? I ask as I have experienced some awful stomach upset after partaking of such a concoction as a Flapjack Mars Bar Cake.

Thank you.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19463)

on February 27, 2014
at 03:42 PM

Corn is a grain, sweet, popped, or otherwise.

724ac8ed9ddc603e87adf6cfb901a8d8

(325)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

I have had a similar experience since going paleo. I had never gotten stomach upset from wheat before (oatmeal was the only grain that gave me heartburn) but when I had a cheat about a month and a half into eating this way (delicious cuban sandwhich, very high quality bread) I had an immediate tummy ache. Same thing with some types of dairy (not butter or cheese).

91f5be33a7ec9f59a5c528af3c75175d

on July 23, 2012
at 07:38 PM

yea why stomach felt like it was imploding I became so bloated, and IBS and today after and its only starting to calm down

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on July 22, 2012
at 06:16 PM

Damn, I am always behind on the trends! ;) I get your point, though. I'm not super hardcore, maybe 85/15; I just choose to save my main phytic acid consumption for beans because I love them so much more than most other non-Primal foods.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on July 22, 2012
at 05:04 PM

Luckie, phytic acid phobia is so 2011... :)

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on July 22, 2012
at 05:04 PM

Nemesis, it's served as a vegetable. It's not processed as other grains are. Of course, this isn't hardline paleo (which I don't think too highly of.)

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on July 22, 2012
at 04:37 PM

I disagree about it being similar to a potato, because of the higher phytic acid content. You don't have to soak, ferment, or pulverize, but that is also because none of those processes will significantly reduce the phytic acid content as it can with wheat, rye or barley. But I am sure cavemen would have eaten it if they'd run across it.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on July 22, 2012
at 04:27 PM

I'm with Matt about the culinary part, because, like tomatoes, it can be prepared and eaten in a way similar to many vegetables. But when we're talking about health and diet, we need to remember what it really is (a grain) not how it is served.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on July 22, 2012
at 04:19 PM

No, it's not a vegetable, not even close. It's a grain, grown from a grass. People in the US treat it like a vegetable, I have no idea why.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on July 22, 2012
at 03:36 PM

My body reacts the other way. Sugars don't bother my digestive tract (but cause blood glucose problems), while grains kill me.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on July 22, 2012
at 03:27 PM

I agree completely. Should you be buying cans of corn from the grocery store? No. There are many things that aren't "paleo" but in the cost benefit analysis on this item clearly come out as a-ok to eat sparingly (unless your body tells you otherwise, as with any food paleo or not). I mean,fresh summer corn freshly picked with melted butter on it? That's one of the sacred pleasures of life. And life it so short. I say don't miss a single summer without at least once biting into an ear of corn.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on July 21, 2012
at 10:25 PM

I am experiencing stomach trouble just thinking about eating something called a "flapjack mars bar cake." I don't think such a thing would even make it from my lips to my stomach.

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98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

on July 21, 2012
at 06:37 PM

You want to blame paleo eating for stomach trouble from eating something called a "flapjack mars bar cake"? Hmmmm.

I am a bit more sensitive to some grains now but find I can eat GOOD QUALITY bread, cake,etc without issue. I know I'm not the only one who has found that the quality of the grain. We are speculating a lower gluten content at play and/or a higher quality oil is what makes all the difference. In my case I can eat 2 huge morning buns from the lovely french bakery down the street and feel great. I eat 3 bites of a doughnut from the everyday doughnut shop a few doors down and it's all over. Allegedly.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on July 21, 2012
at 10:25 PM

I am experiencing stomach trouble just thinking about eating something called a "flapjack mars bar cake." I don't think such a thing would even make it from my lips to my stomach.

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on July 22, 2012
at 02:05 PM

Corn is not paleo, but it's a gluten free grain, and sweet corn is a delicious, typically local and seasonal whole food, so I would certainly indulge a couple of times in a summer and not worry about it.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on July 22, 2012
at 03:27 PM

I agree completely. Should you be buying cans of corn from the grocery store? No. There are many things that aren't "paleo" but in the cost benefit analysis on this item clearly come out as a-ok to eat sparingly (unless your body tells you otherwise, as with any food paleo or not). I mean,fresh summer corn freshly picked with melted butter on it? That's one of the sacred pleasures of life. And life it so short. I say don't miss a single summer without at least once biting into an ear of corn.

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61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on July 21, 2012
at 10:50 PM

My disgust on the thought of eating something like that isn't a personal attack on you, but I'm sorry if my comment came off that way. It isn't that I never "cheat" or that I keep strictly Paleo, or that I judge you for your "cheats", it's just that most junk food stuff really gets me. If you had said Cheetos, a Big Mac, or Kit Kats, my reaction would be the same, as would it would be the same if my own mother had said that. My "cheats" are still generally quality foods, just ones that contain grains or beans. But your "cheats" are completely up to you and everyone has different cravings.

I haven't eaten a cake like that, but from the name it sounds like a quite sweet dessert. I don't know that the grains would be particularly bothersome unless you have an allergy/intolerance, but if you have been eating Paleo for a while, it could just be the sugar, not the corn grain. I think that a big load of sugar would be more likely to upset my tummy than some corn.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on July 22, 2012
at 03:36 PM

My body reacts the other way. Sugars don't bother my digestive tract (but cause blood glucose problems), while grains kill me.

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91f5be33a7ec9f59a5c528af3c75175d

on July 21, 2012
at 10:31 PM

You are getting the wrong end of the stick. I have been eating strictly paleo for a while and when I had some grains in the form or a flapjack mars bar cake I got some stomach upset, just curious if anyone else has experienced this after returning to trying grains? Thanks for the edit. Overly patronising don't you think?, Ok thanks for the answer @alvaro I appreciate the reply :) Have a good weekend guys

724ac8ed9ddc603e87adf6cfb901a8d8

(325)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

I have had a similar experience since going paleo. I had never gotten stomach upset from wheat before (oatmeal was the only grain that gave me heartburn) but when I had a cheat about a month and a half into eating this way (delicious cuban sandwhich, very high quality bread) I had an immediate tummy ache. Same thing with some types of dairy (not butter or cheese).

91f5be33a7ec9f59a5c528af3c75175d

on July 23, 2012
at 07:38 PM

yea why stomach felt like it was imploding I became so bloated, and IBS and today after and its only starting to calm down

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on July 21, 2012
at 05:33 PM

No, there are no Paleo/Primal grains. And what do you mean by "re eating"?

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on February 26, 2014
at 11:19 PM

I don't think corn in any form is very paleo, then again it does seem like a starchy veggie like peas. Many American Indian tribes ate corn but it was fermented for several days before consumed. I'm sure they just found it easier to digest that way.

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on February 26, 2014
at 11:16 PM

I don't know if corn is paleo in any form. It does seem as though it would be a starchy veggie like peas though. There were many American Indian tribes that ate it but they put it through quite a process before eating it, including fermenting it for several days. They may have eaten it like a porridge. I'm sure it was because they found it the most digestible that way.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on February 27, 2014
at 03:42 PM

Corn is a grain, sweet, popped, or otherwise.

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on February 02, 2013
at 07:05 PM

You know corn (maize) was being consumed 7-10,000 years ago by Paleo-Indians in the western hemisphere.

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91f5be33a7ec9f59a5c528af3c75175d

on July 23, 2012
at 07:40 PM

Thanks for all the comments guys as always its an amazing read:) I stayed away from the sweetcorn btw guys hope your proud of me haha

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1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on July 22, 2012
at 04:22 PM

I consider corn to be a starch similar to a potato, even though it's a grain. You don't have to soak it, ferment, or pulverize it in order for it to be rendered edible, you just have to heat it up.

Throwing a couple of ears on the grill, still wrapped in the corn silk and husk, is an incredibly easy and near-Paleo way of eating it. If cavemen had had access to it, they would have eaten it like they would have eaten tubers and root vegetables.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on July 22, 2012
at 06:16 PM

Damn, I am always behind on the trends! ;) I get your point, though. I'm not super hardcore, maybe 85/15; I just choose to save my main phytic acid consumption for beans because I love them so much more than most other non-Primal foods.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on July 22, 2012
at 05:04 PM

Luckie, phytic acid phobia is so 2011... :)

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on July 22, 2012
at 04:37 PM

I disagree about it being similar to a potato, because of the higher phytic acid content. You don't have to soak, ferment, or pulverize, but that is also because none of those processes will significantly reduce the phytic acid content as it can with wheat, rye or barley. But I am sure cavemen would have eaten it if they'd run across it.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on July 22, 2012
at 01:09 PM

I'd say sweet corn is more vegetable than grain, so it's more paleo than not. Botanically though, it is a grain. Culinarily, it's a vegetable.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on July 22, 2012
at 04:19 PM

No, it's not a vegetable, not even close. It's a grain, grown from a grass. People in the US treat it like a vegetable, I have no idea why.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on July 22, 2012
at 04:27 PM

I'm with Matt about the culinary part, because, like tomatoes, it can be prepared and eaten in a way similar to many vegetables. But when we're talking about health and diet, we need to remember what it really is (a grain) not how it is served.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on July 22, 2012
at 05:04 PM

Nemesis, it's served as a vegetable. It's not processed as other grains are. Of course, this isn't hardline paleo (which I don't think too highly of.)

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91f5be33a7ec9f59a5c528af3c75175d

on July 22, 2012
at 08:11 AM

No worries @luckie, My mum has made it once a year for as long as I can remember so, I thought why not but after the after effects, I will be staying well away, yea I was thinking the sugar or what ever the other crap my mum stuffs into it, I'm going try to make a paleo friendly wannabe mars bar cake, dates for the caramel effect high% cocoa, with a base I guess of ground almond/ coconut maybe a caramelbounty bar haha (letting my imagination run wild)

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