Corn is the most produced grain in the world, and America’s top field crop (nearly 80 million acres). Unknowingly, people eat more corn every day in one way or another than they’d probably ever can imagine. From French fries to chicken nuggets everything has corn. Some most common foods that you unknowingly pick from the grocery store shelf have corn as one of the ingredients in it. Sodas (including diet ones), Ketchup, pudding, fruit juices, yogurt, salad dressing, baked cookies, mayonnaise, peanut butter and sometimes even milk are just a few.
Corn is a grain; and a pretty bad one. In fact, it has the worst Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio out of all grains. Omega 3s produce hormones that are anti-inflammatory. Omega 6s produce hormones that support inflammation. When omega 6s start to outnumber the omega 3s, they disrupt the body’s ability to control the inflammatory response. This inflammation can result in many health issues such as immune disease, diabetes, cancer, increased cholesterol, asthma, cardiovascular disease, and depression.
Here are 6 of the top reasons why you should never eat corn again:
1. Corn is a grain
This grain is unhealthy due to the fact that it is the most sugary, starchy, and empty grain. This grain was cultivated and domesticated by people over 6000 years ago in Central Mexico from a plant called teosinte. The first genetically modified food is actually corn and it is more and more re-engineered in some ways unimaginable for many people.
2. Autoimmune disease
Corn doesn’t contain gluten but the body confuses the protein in corn with gluten and your immune system gets confused. This disrupts the gut lining wreaking havoc on your digestive system. It also has a very high glycemic index which contributes to inflammation and can easily be converted to sugar, hampering the body’s insulin response.
3. Corn Contains Lectins
Lectins are proteins that we can’t digest. We normally digest proteins into amino acids where they are absorbed through the small intestine wall and used by your body to build cellular structures and components. However, since we can’t digest lectins, they pass through the wall of our gut undigested as complete proteins. This damages the gut and causes inflammation.
Most of the corn being sold today is not organic, which means it is loaded with Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) insecticide and other harmful poisons. A 2011 study out of Canada, found that Bt toxin accumulates in human blood. Once in the blood system, Bt toxin can disrupt proper organ function and cause long-term health problems.
5. Corn cannot be digested
Due to the fiber cellulose in corn, the body cannot digest corn easily. The human digestive system cannot completely break down cellulose because it lacks the enzyme to do so, leading to the trouble people often have fully digesting corn. Like all grains, corn contains prolamins, which are a class of proteins that your body can’t properly break down, thus leading to such conditions as leaky gut.
Unfortunately, some 85 percent of all corn grown in America is genetically modified. In a study published in the International Journal of Biological Sciences, analyzing the effects of genetically modified foods on mammalian health, researchers discovered that agricultural giant Monsanto’s GM corn is linked to organ damage in rats.