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Corn Derivatives

There are many products that contain corn in some form or another. I try to avoid them all. It's very difficult at times, but worth the effort.  You may or may not react to all of these items below.  If you are unsure, call the company and press them to check carefully for your own sake.  If you eat something and you feel like it makes you sick, take note of the ingredients.  Listen to your body.  Early on, there is a trial and error process.  You may eat your favorite foods, then, one by one, realize they need to be substituted for something that is corn free.  This process took me about three months.

List of Corn Derived Products or Products That Commonly Contain Corn Derivatives:

Acetic acid - Found in vinegars, in the food industry acetic acid is used under the food additive code E260 as an acidity regulator and as a condiment on chips. Dilute acetic acid produced by natural fermentation is called vinegar.

Alcohol - Found in extracts (like vanilla extract) and alcoholic beverages, read labels.

Alpha tocopherol - Found in cereals and tomato sauces, a common form of tocopherol added to food products, is denoted by the E number E307. Fat soluble antioxidant, Vitamin E related.  Some from "vegetable oils" but most are from soybean oil so call the company for details.

Artificial flavorings - Found in many processed foods, catch all, could be anything.

Artificial sweeteners - Found in many diet foods, call the company for details

Baking powder - usually contains corn starch, check labels - use equal parts baking soda and cream of tartar instead.

Barley malt - sometimes corn syrup is added, check labels

Brown sugar - check label for corn

Calcium citrate - Used as a preservative, it is the calcium salt of citric acid (derived from corn), used as a food additive (E333).

Calcium fumarate - it is the calcium salt of fumaric acid, E number E367, related to citric acid production - call company for details.

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 - Found in chips, tomato paste, and many other products, the source of sugar for production is corn steep liquor, molasses, hydrolyzed corn starch or other inexpensive sugary solutions.  This causes ankle swelling and general body swelling when I eat it.
Contadina tomato paste is corn free

Citrus cloud emulsion (CCS)

Coco glycerides (cocoglycerides)

Confectioners sugar - aka powdered sugar, almost always has corn starch added to it.  Wholesome Sweeteners makes a corn free powdered sugar. I get mine at the health food store.

Corn - anything that says corn in it like corn alcohol, corn gluten, Corn extract, Corn flour, Corn oil, corn oil margarine, Corn starch, Corn sweetener, corn sugar, Corn syrup, corn syrup solids, Corn, popcorn, cornmeal, Cornstarch, cornflour, high fructose corn syrup, Hydrolyzed corn

Crosscarmellose sodium

DATUM (a dough conditioner)

Decyl glucoside

Decyl polyglucose


Dextrose - some in IV solutions, check with hospital or doctor before hand.
Dextrose anything

d-Gluconic acid

Distilled white vinegar - use apple cider or balsamic vinegar instead.

Drying agent

ethanoic acid - also known as Acetic acid, in the food industry acetic acid is used under the food additive code E260 as an acidity regulator and as a condiment on chips. Dilute acetic acid produced by natural fermentation is called vinegar.

•Erythorbic acid
•Ethocel 20
•Ethyl acetate
•Ethyl alcohol
•Ethyl lactate
•Ethyl maltol

Flour - check label for additives, I use Gold Medal Organic Flour. Not because it's organic, because it doesn't bother me.

Food starch - too vague, you can call the company

Fructose - vague, call the company

Fruit juice concentrate - vague, call the company

Fumaric acid - Added to food products like candy, baking powder, and beverages as an acidity regulator denoted by E number E297.

Germ/germ meal
Gluconic acid
Glucono delta-lactone
Glucose syrup (also found in IV solutions)
Gluten feed/meal
Golden syrup
High fructose corn syrup

Honey - sometimes corn syrup is added

•Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
•Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose
•Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose pthalate (HPMCP)
•Invert syrup or sugar
•Iodized salt
•Lactic acid
•Lauryl glucoside
•Linoleic acid
•Magnesium fumarate
•Malic acid
•Malonic acid
•Malt syrup from corn (barley malt is fine)
•Malt, malt extract
•Methyl gluceth
•Methyl glucose
•Methyl glucoside
•Microcrystaline cellulose
•Modified cellulose gum
•Modified corn starch
•Modified food starch
•Molasses (corn syrup may be present; know your product)
•Mono and di glycerides
•Monosodium glutamate
•Natural flavorings
•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
•Salt (iodized salt)
•Semolina (unless from wheat)
•Sodium carboxymethylcellulose
•Sodium citrate
•Sodium erythorbate
•Sodium fumarate
•Sodium lactate
•Sodium starch glycolate
•Sodium stearoyl fumarate
•Sorbic acid
Sorbitan monooleate
Sorbitan tri-oleate
Sorghum (sometimes)
Starch (sometimes)
Stearic acid
Sugar (not identified as cane or beet)
Tocopherol (vitamin E)
Treacle (aka golden syrup)
Triethyl citrate

Unmodified starch - unknown starch, call company

Vanilla, pure or extracte or extract - the alcohol, usually corn alcohol, causes the problem.  Otherwise, it has corn syrup in it.  I bake without it and don't miss it personally but I've read that you can create your own vanilla extract using the bean and vodka - but I have not tried it.  Make sure your Vodka is from something besides corn - Vodka List

Vinegar, distilled white - white vinegar is from corn, try balsamic vinegar from grapes

Vitamins - call the company for details on the ingredients

Xanthan gum - FoVitamins - call the company for details on the ingredients

Xanthan gum - Found in most salad dressings.

Xylitol - extracted from corn fibers and other plants

Zein Yeast - check the label for added corn, I am allergic to yeast too so I can't test "non corn" yeast myself.

Zein - Used to coat things like fruits and nuts, pills, candy and to coat plastics, buttons and even paper cups, powder from corn gluten meal. | Copyright © 2012 Corn Allergy Symptoms