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
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
Artificial sweeteners - Found in many diet foods, call the company for
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 magnesium acetate (CMA)
Calcium stearoyl lactylate
Caramel and caramel color
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
DATUM (a dough conditioner)
Dextrose - some in IV solutions, check with hospital or doctor before hand.
Distilled white vinegar - use apple cider or balsamic vinegar instead.
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
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.
Glucose syrup (also found in IV solutions)
High fructose corn syrup
Honey - sometimes corn syrup is added
•Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
•Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose pthalate (HPMCP)
•Invert syrup or sugar
•Malt syrup from corn (barley malt is fine)
•Malt, malt extract
•Modified cellulose gum
•Modified corn starch
•Modified food starch
•Molasses (corn syrup may be present; know your product)
•Mono and di glycerides
•Polylactic acid (PLA)
•Polysorbates (e.g. Polysorbate 80)
•Propylene glycol monostearate
•Salt (iodized salt)
•Semolina (unless from wheat)
•Sodium starch glycolate
•Sodium stearoyl fumarate
Sugar (not identified as cane or beet)
Tocopherol (vitamin E)
Treacle (aka golden syrup)
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 -
http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/how_to_make_vanilla_extract/ but I have not
tried it. Make sure your Vodka is from something besides corn -
Vinegar, distilled white - white vinegar is from corn, try balsamic vinegar from
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.