Corn facts – what is the truth? Is it healthy? Don’t get me wrong, I love corn. In fact, my appreciation of corn went off the charts once I was diagnosed with a gluten allergy because there are some wonderful wheat substitutes made of corn. However, I started to grow leery of corn when my doctor told me it may be contributing to some blood sugar and hormonal issues I was experiencing.Pin It
4 Corn Facts … Why Corn is Unhealthy
As a Wellness Coach and a conscious eater, I needed to know the truth. So I did some research and discovered there’s a lot of misinformation about corn. In fact, corn – in its current state in the U.S. – is actually quite bad for us. Here are four of the reasons why corn is unhealthy.
#1: Most corn is genetically modified
This is the big ugly truth about corn in the U.S.: most of it is genetically modified. Meaning, the seeds used to grow corn have been engineered in labs to grow corn that’s resistant to herbicides. There are a good number of economic reasons why this is a “good” thing – it makes large quantities of corn cheap to produce and easy to store, for one. And since corn is in pretty much everything – think chips, dog food, cereal – it’s easy to rationalize needing a whole lot of it in the food system.
BUT…genetically modified foods (also known as genetically modified organisms, GMOs and GEs) are very, very unhealthy when eaten. Many studies have proven that GE foods are contributing to serious health problems such as cancer and diabetes in the short-term. The longer-terms effects are not yet known. But they can’t possibly be good.
#2: High fructose corn syrup is not well digested by our bodies, and contains toxins
There are more reasons why high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is unhealthy than space for this article. But suffice it to say that high fructose corn syrup is one of the most misrepresented items in our food system. In addition to being produced in laboratories and not being made from corn, HFCS is not well digested by our bodies. Or perhaps it’s not well digested by our bodies because it’s not actually food.
A recent study cited in the Washington Post also revealed that HFCS contains mercury, which is “toxic in all its forms”. If we consider how much HFCS is in our food system, and in the foods we feed our families such as lunch meats, breads, bottled beverages and cereals, this news is alarming.
Instead of buying products that contain HFCS, you may want to look for products with sweeteners that won’t kill you such as raw cane sugar, raw beet sugar, stevia or agave nectar.
#3: Corn is high on the glycemic index
Corn (real and not real) elevates our blood sugar levels, putting it high on the glycemic index (GI). High GI foods aren’t good for anyone, but are especially bad for anyone who is overweight or diabetic. Enough said.
#4: Corn is a grain, not a vegetable
Many people make corn a mainstay of their diets because it’s delicious, inexpensive and easy to prepare. Those same people usually believe that corn is a vegetable – but it’s not. Corn is, in fact, a grain. Which means it’s a carbohydrate. Which means it’s essentially a sugar we introduce into our blood streams. And, as you know from Fact #3 above, it’s a whole lot of sugar. Therefore, if you are treating corn like a vegetable in your diet, you may want to re-think that strategy and, instead, introduce a variety of colorful vegetables into your diet instead.
Catherine Mason is a writer, former educator, and someone who has multiple food allergies. As Tribe Leader & Chief Wellness Coach at www.mydietribe.com, she helps people identify, assimilate and maintain sustainable health and wellness practices in their everyday lives, with a focus on physical, emotional, spiritual, mental and financial wellness. Catherine may be contacted at [email protected], and you can follow her on Facebook and Twitter (@mydietribe).
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