Watch Out for Corn Which Masquerades by a Multitude of Names — Check Out This List of 43 Names
When you begin an anti-inflammatory diet, at first you will spend more time in the grocery store.
Why? Because you have to read labels.
There are a lot of secrets hidden on food labels. Secret, hard-to-pronounce ingredients that could cause or trigger inflammation.
Now that I’m hyper-vigilant about what I eat, I’m shocked at how misleading out food packaging is.
Becoming a Food Detective — to Avoid Known Food Pro-Inflammation Toxins
I’m going to address the issue of food labeling in an ongoing series of articles—because understanding what we are eating and preventing the known pro-inflammatory toxins, is critical to preventing inflammation and ensuring our optimum health.
Sadly, you cannot even trust food products that are labeled “natural,” “organic,” or any of the long list of safe-sounding titles. These food products also may contain ingredients that contribute to inflammatory diseases.
I’m starting this series with corn—one of the most used food substances in our industrial food system today.
It literally pops up everywhere—going by dozens of secret names, all of which are mechanically and chemically processed.
Thanks to the fact that corn is largely genetically modified, it is a known contributor to inflammatory disease.
Corn Pops Up Everywhere — Some of the Many, Many Secret Names of “Corn”
Today, corn crops comprise an estimated 30 percent of all the crops grown in the U.S.
You will find food in over 4,000 items in the typical supermarket.
What’s more, corn makes up about 60% of the western diet, according to major studies.
In a documentary called “Food Inc.,” one farmer stated:
“We produced a lot of corn and they came up with uses for it. The truth of the matter is we are paid to overproduce,” because large food conglomerates have an interest in purchasing corn below the cost of production.
Author Michael Pollan stated in the same documentary:
“Corn is a great raw material. You get that big fat kernel of starch. And you can break that down and reassemble it and you can make high-fructose corn syrup … and all those obscure ingredients on the processed food; it’s remarkable how many of them can be made from corn. Plus, you can feed it to animals.”
What Out for These 43 Names of Corn
Here are just 43 of the most common names of ingredients derived from corn or potentially derived from corn:
Baking powder (most is derived from cornstarch)
Citrus cloud emulsion
Glucona delta lactone
High-fructose corn syrup
Modified food starch
Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
Some true organic products may contain these ingredients, but will specify the source of their ingredients, which may not be corn. Or they may specify that the corn source was organic. There is still a little bit of organic corn left, thanks to our beloved organic farmers.
Otherwise I assume it’s a corn-based ingredient.