Sunday, November 12, 2017

Corn Allergen List

This list was originally posted on Jenny Connor's website, which she recently took down. We are working on an updated list, but now this should be sufficient.

Acetic acid
Alpha tocopherol
Artificial flavorings
Artificial sweeteners
Ascorbic acid
Baking powder
Barley malt
Bleached flour
Blended sugar (sugaridextrose)
Brown sugar
Calcium citrate
Calcium fumarate
Calcium gluconate
Calcium lactate
Calcium magnesium acetate (CMA)
Calcium stearate
Calcium stearoyl lactylate
Caramel and caramel color
Carbonmethylcellulose sodium
Cellulose microcrystalline
Cellulose, methyl
Cellulose, powdered
Cetearyl glucoside
Choline chloride
Citric acid
Citrus cloud emulsion (CCS)
Coco glycerides (cocoglycerides)
Confectioners sugar
Corn alcohol
Corn extract
Corn flour
Corn gluten
Corn oil
Corn starch
Corn sweetener, corn sugar
Corn syrup, corn syrup solids
Corn, cornflour
Corn, cornmeal
Corn, popcorn
Crosscarmellose sodium
Crystalline dextrose
Crystalline fructose
d-Gluconic acid
Decyl glucoside
Decyl polyglucose
Dextrose (also found in IV solutions)
Dextrose anything (such as monohydrate or anhydrous)
Distilled white vinegar
Drying agent
Erythorbic acid
Ethocel 20
Ethyl acetate
Ethyl alcohol
Ethyl lactate
Ethyl maltol
Ethylene Glycol
Food starch
Fruit juice concentrate
Fumaric acid
Germ/germ meal
Gluconic acid
Glucono delta-lactone
Glucose syrup (also found in IV solutions)
Gluten feed/meal
Golden Syrup
High fructose corn syrup
Hydrolyzed corn
Hydrolyzed corn protein
Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose
Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose pthalate (HPMCP)
Invert syrup or invert sugar
Iodized salt
Lactic acid
Lauryl glucoside
Linoleic acid
Magnesium fumarate
Magnesium Stearate
Malic acid
Malonic acid
Malt syrup
Malt, malt extract
Methyl gluceth
Methyl glucose
Methyl glucoside
Microcrystaline cellulose
Modified cellulose gum
Modified corn starch
Modified food starch
Mono and di glycerides
Monosodium glutamate
Natural flavorings
Oil, Canola
Oil, Vegetable
Paracetic Acid
PLA - Biodegradable Plastics
Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)
Polylactic acid (PLA)
Polysorbates (e.g. Polysorbate 80)
Polyvinyl acetate
Potassium citrate
Potassium fumarate
Potassium gluconate
Powdered sugar
Pregelatinized starch
Propionic acid
Propylene glycol
Propylene glycol monostearate
Rice Syrup, Rice Malt, Rice Malt Syrup.
Sodium carboxymethylcellulose
Sodium citrate
Sodium erythorbate
Sodium fumarate
Sodium lactate
Sodium starch glycolate
Sodium stearoyl fumarate
Sorbic acid
Sorbitan monooleate
Sorbitan tri-oleate
Sorghum syrup
Starch (any kind that's not specified)
Stearic acid
Tocopherol (vitamin E)
Triethyl citrate
Unmodified starch
Vanilla, natural flavoring
Vanilla, pure or extract
Vegetable anything that's not specific
Vinegar, distilled white
Vinyl acetate
Vitamin C
Vitamin E
Xanthan gum
Zea mays

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Subtle Side of a System of Bullying those with Food Allergies

We’re having a conversation in our group about schools and activities, with emphasis on accommodations for kids with allergies.

And I am seething in anger.

Rewards for achievements is class trips to a movie theatre, during school hours. I guess there are worse things, like rewarding kids with candy. 

Oh wait..  these movie trips also include popcorn and candy.

If it was my kid, I would be raising holy hell.  How about instead give the kids a fun activity that isn’t sitting in seats like they do all day every day?

How about exploring a museum? Having a picnic in a park, or even just going to the park to play for a few hours in the afternoon? Maybe they can have a game of badminton or soccer or football or basketball and the winning team gets a prize… like a free cone at DQ or a $5 gift card or even just a badly made trophy that they can get bragging rights? 

But instead, lets fill them with sugar and sit them down for 2 hours.

Then there’s the popcorn parties, and food parties, where parents have offered to supply popsicles or other “treat” so that their child could take part… and they were refused.

Instead, the child is forced to miss school that day or from what I just heard today… This girl was made to sit in a room alone for 2 hours with work to do and self-teach. ALONE. ABANDONED.

And that’s not the worst of it.

One parent was given the option of having their child sit in the library with the detention kids or they could pull the kid from school that day and be marked absent.

Yes, please lets teach our kids to expect exclusion if they want to avoid their allergens. That’s going to go over really well, and is probably why there’s so many reports of kids dying in school.

Let's continue to make these kids who already feel different.. Let's make them also feel more alone.. More abandoned.. more isolated.. Because it's inconvenient. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Facebook is ok with hate speech and death threats - as long as you have allergies.

Update 2/17 9pm - Facebook eventually removed the page, but not until 9 hours after this post was written and after multiple people reported the page and it's posts, and a petition had over 1.5k signatures.

Update 2/18 11am - The page is backup. Not enough angry smilies to express the rage. But they did add propaganda using Tom Hanks (wonder if he knows), making a joke of attempted murder by feeding someone their known allergen.


I, among others, have reported a Facebook page as against Facebook's rules, and yet Facebook says it's within it's community guidelines.  Here's the guidelines that we think it fails:

Facebook does not tolerate bullying or harassment. We allow users to speak freely on matters and people of public interest, but take action on all reports of abusive behavior directed at private individuals. Repeatedly targeting other users with unwanted friend requests or messages is a form of harassment.

Facebook does not permit hate speech, but distinguishes between serious and humorous speech. While we encourage you to challenge ideas, institutions, events, and practices, we do not permit individuals or groups to attack others based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability or medical condition.

I'm guessing the reviewer also thinks that hate speech, bullying, and yes, death threats against those with allergies is funny.

I will give them credit, a few of the posts on their page could be consider "humor".  Such as this post:

Cuz well that's a meme. Replace Gluten with Rape. Ok so it's super dark humor, but I can see it.

However, most of their posts are not funny, but hate speech and one in particular is bullying.

I don't know who Jessica, Rheia, or Erica are, but this kind of bullshit is deadly, and yes is hate speech AND bullying of those three girls.

I think we all know who "they" are.. Jessica, Rheia, and Erica.

And I mean really, who doesn't have an allergic reaction when they can't have lesbian sex on top of some kegs out in the open at a party?

How is this not hate speech?

Yep. There you have it. The top 8 symptoms of allergies. This makes me stupid angry. To not believe someone has an allergy, can be deadly, and these people are not helping.

Oh and this one is sure to help kill someone.. 

Yes, lets help these hard working servers kill someone because they think allergies aren't important, or real. 

And then we come to the death threat portion.. 

Yes.. lets encourage people to hold people at bay by waving deadly weapons at them.  For many food allergic, holding their allergen near them is enough to cause a problem, and this promotes an intended "call to action" for people to do just that... and maybe even slip that peanut into the allergic person's food.

This idiocy needs to stop.

Please feel free to let Facebook know that posts like this are a danger to our very lives.

To see the page mentioned here, feel free to visit:

Oh and if you're tired of FB reviewers being too stupid to see the hate speech, please feel free to snail-mail a letter to their legal department:

Attn: Legal Department
156 University Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Top 10 Foods to Plant this Spring

Photo - Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Depending on your area, your planting season may vary, but now is a good time to get started planning your spring garden. What should you grow, and when to plant will depend a bit on what area of the country you're in. So you'll want to ask local growers in your area for tips on how best to plant these and what varieties do best in your area if you're not already blessed with a big green thumb.  There are a few good foods to plant for a great corn-free feast at low cost. Some of these items are nearly impossible to find in your grocery stores fresh & corn-free, so planting can really help ease your budget and add to your diet.

  1. Greens - Lettuce, Cabbage, Spinach, Kale, etc.
  2. Peppers - Bell peppers, hot peppers.
  3. Potatoes or Sweet Potatoes
  4. Carrots
  5. Green Onions
  6. Green Beans
  7. Tomatoes
  8. Broccoli/Cauliflower
  9. Summer Squash and Cucumber
  10. Peas
Some recommendations on places to find good seeds (non-GMO, not that it really matters for a corn-free diet, but since most of us are anti-big agribusiness buying non-GMO helps):

Friday, February 22, 2013

Defining Corn-Lite, and Corn-Free, and all that wordy jazz.

The term corn-lite was coined (as far as I could research) back on 12/10/2007, not long after the invention of  corntamination (earliest record 4/27/2007 as corn-tamination, the hyphen was dropped shortly after that). And though I don't really recall inventing them it seems that I did or at least I have the first recorded use of them that I could find. I do like to invent words, especially if there is no single word for what I need. I'm ultra-efficient (lazy) like that. 

However, there seems to be lots of argument of what is actually corn-lite exactly and what does it mean? 

Here's a definition of corn-lite that I posted back in 2009: "Corn-lite would be avoiding the major corn ingredients like corn syrup, corn starch, corn meal, etc.. and trying to avoid as much citric acid and ascorbic acid as possible.  Basically eating lots of fresh veggies, meats, and homebaked goods."

At it's most basic, "Corn-Lite" means that's it's not corn-free, but also doesn't obviously contain corn.  A person can be described as corn-lite, if they primarily eat a diet that is almost, but not quite corn-free.

And this is where the confusion starts.  To truly define corn-lite, you also have to define corn-free.  Both terms are completely subjective and yet reliant on each other, and if you talk to most medical professionals, our use of corn-lite IS corn-free just to make the waters on this topic even more muddy.

Defining Corn-Free:

To us and our recommended support groups (Delphi & Facebook) and for our Corn-Free Foods List, our definition of what is corn-free is vastly different than you'll ever get from almost all medical professionals. 

To us, corn-free means that the item is not made from, contains nothing made from, is not contaminated by corn or it's derivatives (no corntamination) in it's processing or packaging, and otherwise has no relationship with corn from it's conception to it's end product.

The only exception to that definition is in regards to animal meats & products. We consider animal meats, eggs, milk, and the like to be corn-free as long as they are processed and packaged cleanly without the use of any corn-derived products.  Some people in our corn-free community do react to animal products if the animal has been fed corn; it is a rare occurrence and only among the most sensitive, so we have adopted this exception.

A truly corn-free lifestyle only contains foods and products that are as close to this definition as humanly possible.

(The use of corn in products and processing is not required to be labeled at this time, and will likely not be required to be labeled any time soon. There is also no lab testing for the presence of corn that is even close to accurate enough for those allergic to corn. The use of corn-free on labels, as far as we can tell, is completely voluntary and unregulated, and thus unreliable.)

Defining Corn-Lite:

The term corn-lite was developed with the intent to put a category on foods that aren't quite full of corn, but aren't quite safe enough for most corn allergic persons either. It is also used to describe people in the corn-free lifestyle who are able to eat slightly corny foods without noticeable ill effects. The main point of the term was to help define things for the safety of all persons within the corn-free lifestyle, much like the difference between vegetarian and vegan for example.

Corn-Lite products are any products that do not have obvious corn in the ingredients, but the product does contain trace amounts of corn. 

Since there are quite a few corn derivatives that are not "obvious corn" to the uneducated and at this point of time "trace amounts of corn" is highly subjective, we could parse this term to death and create words like "Corn-Lite-Lite" or "Extremely Corn-Lite" and so on.

If you utilize my 2009 definition of corn-lite, you'll notice that derivatives such as citric acid and ascorbic acid (two very commonly used ingredients derived from corn) are also included in things to avoid for corn-lite. So products that use either of these ingredients should not be considered corn-lite, nor are products that use synonyms for obvious corn products without using the name "corn" in title. (Of course this is true as long as these questionable ingredients are derived from corn, and most of them are, even if the company says they're not - companies sadly don't always know or the person you ask may not be correctly informed.)

Synonyms for "Obvious Corn" derivatives: starch, modified starch, glucose syrup, fructose syrup, baking powder, grits, maize, zea mays, zein. 

Corn-lite should also not include: iodized salt, dextrose, fructose, glucose. 

Persons described as "corn-lite" are people who can eat, and/or knowingly choose to eat minor corn derivatives without noticeable health issues or without any issue at all, but must avoid the major sources of corn or obvious corn.  Based on the definition of "corn-lite foods", technically a person who can eat products with unknown sourced citric acid in the ingredients listing without a problem should not be using the term corn-lite to describe themselves; however, in an effort to not invent any more words (such as Lite-corn-lite) anyone who is not eating at the corn-free level and yet must avoid foods with obvious sources of corn will be considered to be corn-lite.

In removing corn from your diet, corn-lite is generally the last stage of removal before you achieve corn-free. Those who are simply intolerant to corn may tolerate a corn-lite diet and may tolerate several corn-derivatives for years if not their entire lifetime. Most people with an actual allergy to corn do require a diet that is corn-free as defined above. Many ill-informed corn allergic persons may eat a corn-lite diet and still function in society; however these persons usually also suffer from "mysterious" symptoms and health concerns that are often relieved temporarily or kept in check by steroids, anti-inflammatory medications, or antihistamines. These persons usually find these "illnesses" or symptoms cured while on a corn-free diet.

(Just some tidbits on the use of corntamination: A web search shows that corntamination was used once in 1867 and was likely a typo. And there's a use of corntamination in 2000 as a term to mean that corn itself was contaminated. The use and definition we use was first recorded in April of 2007 on Delphi Forums. The term corn-lite as we use it is rarely used outside of the forums.)


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Best Food Allergy Diary

Keeping a diary of your food intake can be daunting. What can be worse is trying to go back through what you've entered to find answers.

For those of you highly experienced in Excel or computerized spreadsheets, this may be easier for you. For those of you who like to use pen and paper, this might be more challenging.

First, you'll want to have a small notebook that you can carry around with you 24/7. It's often hard to remember everything you ate, everywhere you went, and everything you did if you're just recording it at the end of the day.

For accurate results, you will need to be detailed.

I recommend that each new day start at the top of a new page. It may take you several pages to note everything for the day, depending on how big your notebook is and how small you write. You will want to be as detailed in your notes as possible as this is your original notes.

At the beginning of the notebook, inside the front cover (or if you have a way to mark the outside of the notebook) put the start date make sure to include the day, month, and year, and when you fill up the notebook mark on the front cover the end date of that notebook.

Each entry should start with the following:
  • The Exact Date
  • Time of waking and how many hours of sleep
  • Mood upon waking
  • Weight (try to take your weight measurement before eating or drinking anything for the day, even before water. If you go to the bathroom first, make sure you continue to do so with each weigh in.)
You may also want to include any extra notes about any of the above. Did the baby cry all night? Was there a big stressful meeting that morning? Was your sleep unusual in any way? And feel free to be as frank about your mood as you like, if you feel like roadkill, go ahead write it down.

Other things that you may also want to include are:
  • Waking Temperature - Get a basal thermometer, and keep it right next to your bed with your notebook. When you just wake up, roll over, grab your thermometer, place it under your tongue while you lay there and wake up for a couple minutes. This will also help you (if you're a woman) know when your ovulating.
  • Waking blood sugar - If you suspect any kind of blood sugar issues, head to your nearest pharmacy and buy the cheapest blood sugar testing kit - make sure the strips are also cheap as that is where most of the cost will come from. If you're doing this, you may want to also test your blood right before eating meals and 2 hours after eating. Eating allergens can affect your body's ability to utilize sugars, so I actually advise this for pretty much anyone who is suffering.)
  • Daily Pollen Count - record the pollen concerns for your area.
  • Exercise/Activity - What kind of exercise did you do and how much? Did you do something odd or unusual that you don't do every day, such as clean the toilet, mop floors, travel, etc.?
  • Places - Did you go someplace outside of your normal? Grocery stores? Did you go clothes shopping? The air sometimes at certain places can cause reactions so keeping note of these things can help.
  • Symptoms - Any symptoms that you experience, even if you don't think it's a symptom. If you notice it, write it down along with the time you noticed it. For example, if you notice that you're tapping your pencil on your desk. You may not always do it, but sometimes you do, write it down (it can be a sign of jitteriness). If you stumble into your coffee table, write it down. If you notice your mood changes, even if you think it might be due to a co-worker (unless it's real normal thing - like you're sad but you just heard your dog died. Being livid at your co-worker for pronouncing your name wrong, you should probably write that down.) At least at first, you never know what is going to be an actual symptom and what isn't. Allergic reactions do a wide range of things in the body, so something you may have attributed to something else may actually be an allergic reaction.
  • Bodily Functions: While urinating is likely not to be a big deal, you should at the very least record your bowel movements. If you have any gastronomical reactions to your allergens, then this will help give you more information. You'll also want to record information about your stools such as the Bristol Stool Scale.
  • Household Products: Did you change your laundry soap? Bath wash? Dish soap? Make sure to record those changes as well.

When recording your food, you'll want to note exactly what you ate and when. This includes brand names, ingredients, what recipe you used, etc. Anything that goes into your mouth should be recorded with a time stamp, including gum, candy, medications.

Once you've started recording this information, make an Excel document (or get a big sheet of paper, or write really small) with a row along the side for each symptom you want to monitor, mood, weight, blood sugar, reactions or no reactions, and so on. Along the top, you'll record each day. It is through this documentation that you'll see the patterns start to happen. It is also easier with this to see when the last day you experienced a particular symptom so you can go back to your food diary and compare or contrast the specifics of what went on, and start to trace it back to the cause.

Good Luck, and Happy Recording!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Corn Free Remedies for Dental Pain

Those who are avoiding corn know how hard it is to be faced with finding safe, effective pain relief.  The challenge is only compounded during the time you need it most...when you are in pain.  Dental pain, the kind that comes with a cracked tooth, lost filling or even a cavity, is no exception.  While prevention is, of course, the best remedy, once you are in pain there's no easy way to go back.  You can only move forward and find ways to function.

Kristyreal of Delphi forums recently posted an update about her holiday weekend struggle with dental issues.  She found that while a raw garlic clove is often recommended for cavity discomfort, clove paste and tea tree oil were more effective against the debilitating pain.

Please note that pain relief techniques are NOT a substitute for appropriate dental care.  You still need to see a dentist regularly, and you'll still need to get whatever causes the dental pain taken care of in a timely fashion.  But good pain relief will help you to function until your appointment.

For pain killers, Goodies Headache Powders with caffeine are considered corn free.  Corn free acetaminophen or ibuprofen can also be compounded at your local compounding pharmacy.