Phase One Operation Feel Better involves eliminating corn and soy from my diet. This week I have been obsessed with corn. Every since I saw Food, Inc and read Eating Animals and now King Corn, it has been on my mind. Now that I know I’m allergic to corn, it has become the primary source of my frustration. Corn is in absolutely everything. This is not a joke or an exaggeration.
The picture above is just a small sampling of the things that contain corn. This is in no way an exhaustive illustration. Allow me to explain exactly why they have all been ousted from my cabinets:
- The frosting contains confectioners’ sugar. Confectioners’ sugar contains cornstarch.
- The creamer (I know it’s an evil Nestle product, my mom left it here) contains mono- and di- glycerides. Mono-, di-, and tri- glycerides are all made from corn.
- Refried beans contain soybean oil and yeast.
- Ketchup contains high fructose corn syrup and corn syrup.
- The popcorn is pretty obvious.
- The vegan spread, which I have used a lot on this blog, contains a “natural oil blend” that includes soybean oil. “natural flavor” that is derived from corn, soy lecithin.
- The ah-so sauce contains corn syrup, modified cornstarch, and hydrolyzed corn protein.
- Most conventional extracts contain corn syrup.
- Baking powder contains cornstarch.
- The mayo contains soybean oil and eggs.
Additionally, anything made with the following ingredients is made with corn:
- Any meat marked “grain fed” contains corn. Livestock is fed a corn-based grain mixture to help the animals yield the most amount of meat. Cows eat grass, not corn.
- Sorbitol – a chemical commonly found in toothpaste
- Monosodium glutamate aka MSG
- Barely malt
- Barley malt extract
- Added Niacin
- Carmel Color
- Vegetable oil
I could go on, but I won’t. Corn is a super crop that is cheap to grow, easily modified, and sold in mass quantities to manufacture a great deal of the items in conventional grocery stores.
I am not telling you all of this so that you’ll feel sorry for me. On the contrary, this post is meant to educate you. It’s meant to make you sit up and take notice of what’s in your food. Knowledge is power. As Jason Carney says in a poem of his that I so dearly love, “Knowledge cures ignorance. If you’re in the know, be fucking contagious.”
This is my attempt at being contagious.