Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A Major Allergic Reaction



Since I was a little girl I suffered from allergies. For years I went to see many doctors to try to find out why I was having these rashes and itch, plus I couldn't breath with asthma. Nine years ago I realized the cause of all my allergies and asthma was due to the food my body was unable to digest.  My body was actually puking out the food I was eating through my pores. My body was saying I do cannot digest this fuel.

I was eating these foods my body could not digest.

( CORN DERIVATIVES (corn meal, corn kernels, corn syrup, corn starch),  RASPBERRIES, DAIRY & SHELL FISH.)

I then decided to change my diet and I became very conscious of what I put in my mouth. I became a full pledge VEGAN. For all these years I've been fine and free from these rashes, but for over a month now, I developed a very bad rash and the itch I had before becoming a vegan. The worst thing is the itch I at night which was unbearable. I was showering 3 times through the night and re-applying my rash medication in order to sleep at night..

I definitely needed to find out what I was eating that was causing my allergic reaction and I needed to remove it from my diet.  I went through my entire pantry and my food storage and I found out that somehow several items I had there contained corn syrup or corn starch. I immediately removed these items from my house. To those who do not know how to read Spanish...find someone that can whenever you are buying Spanish brand foods. To my surprise Goya Tomato Sauce contains corn dust in their sauce. It does not state this in their English explanation of their ingredient contents, but it does say it in their Spanish version of their ingredient contents. Thank God I read this and after using this product for years, I am happy I got rid of the 28 cans I had in my food storage



I truly respect anyone that says to me..."Sorry I must surpass the dinner invitation due to food allergies."
If I ever decline to eat at your home, now you know why. It will take another 2 months before it will completely disappear. Until then I must suffer the consequence.




My arms, legs, buttocks and neck is full of this rash. So if your body cannot handle what you feed it, it will throw it back out through the pores...in a rash, swelling or by throwing it up. This happens to people who suffer with Psoriasis. The body is throwing back out what it cannot digest. So go to an allergist and find out what your allergic to...eliminate those foods your body is pucking out. You will feel and look so much nicer.

Alert to everyone...Dr. Oz was talking a couple of days ago about the dangers and effects of corn syrup and he said something that alerted me and made me check every food item I had in my house.  He said that the companies now are changing the word "corn syrup" to Dextrose. Dextrose is another name for corn syrup. The companies do this because so many people are not buying products with corn syrup in them. They figured if they change the name the product will get sold and the companies make their money.
So read your labels everyone.




I got this info from the internet...read along.

Corn-derived food ingredients.


The items in the following list share two characteristics. Each of them either is or can be derived from corn, and avoiding each of them seems to reduce my allergic symptoms. Now that I avoid them all, I'm reliably asymptomatic. It's possible that I'm avoiding some of these needlessly, but I'm reluctant to risk days or weeks of blistered hands for minor improvements in the accuracy of this list.

There are a few corn-derived ingredients which don't seem to cause me any trouble, probably because processing removes or denatures any recognizable corn proteins. Since your experience might be different, these are listed in the next section. If you're extremely sensitive, see Jenny Connors' much longer list on her Corn Allergens site.

Some of the ingredients listed here don't necessarily have anything to do with corn, but tend to in practice. Chemically pure dextrose, for example, can't be an allergen because it isn't a protein. But the dextrose used in food processing isn't chemically pure: it contains residue of whatever it was made from. Since that's usually corn, dextrose gains a place on this list.
Several people have told me that corn oil contains so little protein that they can't believe it provokes an allergic reaction. While it may be true that corn oil is extremely low in protein, I have strong anecdotal evidence (an accidental "blind" test) that it does affect me. I've also heard from another corn-allergy sufferer who reacted strongly to topically applied corn oil.


baking powder

Not to be confused with baking soda (bicarbonate of soda, sodium bicarbonate), baking powder is a mixture of chemical leavening agents with starch. The starch in every common baking powder is corn starch, but Hain Featherweight baking powder uses potato starch. I've only found it in "health" or "whole food" markets.
caramel

Caramel is cooked sugar, often used for flavoring or coloring. You'll find it in soft drinks, especially colas, and in dark breads. You can make caramel from cane or beet sugar, but commercial food producers often use corn syrup. Jolt Cola was an exception, but no longer: they've switched from cane sugar to corn syrup.

confectioner's sugar

Confectioner's sugar is ordinary table sugar, reduced to a fine powder. To keep the powder from caking, manufacturers commonly add corn starch to it. Domino Sugar tells me their 10x confectioner's sugar is about 2% cornstarch. A rec.food.cooking contributor gave 4% as a typical fraction, but another correspondent claims it can run as high as 30%. Trader Joe's Organic Powdered Sugar is made with tapioca starch instead. It's not available year-round, unfortunately, but only through the winter holiday season.


corn-anything

Any food or ingredient with corn in its name is certain to be a problem, including whole corn, corn flour, cornstarch, corn gluten, corn syrup, corn meal, corn oil, and popcorn. The only exception that I know of is corned beef, so-called because it's cured with coarse salt that resembles kernels of corn. But processed meats often contain dextrose, food starch, or corn syrup, so don't assume that corned beef is corn-free. In cooking, you can usually substitute arrowroot powder for cornstarch.


dextrin, maltodextrin

Dextrin and maltodextrin are thickening agents, often made from corn starch. You'll find them in sauces, dressings, and ice cream.


dextrose (glucose), fructose

Dextrose (also known as glucose or "corn sugar") and fructose ("fruit sugar") are simple sugars that are often made from corn. Dextrose is used in a variety of foods, including cookies, ice cream and sports drinks such as Gatorade. It also shows up in prepared foods that are supposed to come out crispy, such as french fries, fish sticks, and potato puffs. It's common in intravenous solutions, which could be quite dangerous. Fructose is usually seen in the form of high fructose corn syrup, but makes an occasional appearance on its own.


excipients

Excipients are substances used to bind the contents of a pill or tablet. My dictionary mentions honey, syrup, and gum arabic, but corn starch is also a possibility.

golden syrup

Golden syrup is a sugar syrup, sometimes a mixture of molasses and corn syrup, also known as treacle. I've found it in cookies and candy, mostly in Canada. Tate & Lyle's Golden Syrup is purely from cane sugar, however.


glucona delta lactone

Glucona delta lactone ("GDL") is a recently-appearing additive in cured meats. Its appearance in this list is provisional, as all I really know of its origin is that it's made by Archer Daniels Midland, a world-wide giant in the manufacture of corn products.



invert sugar or invert syrup

Invert syrup is enzymatically treated bulk corn sugars, used because it's not so thick as corn syrup. I've noticed it in cookies, but don't know where else it might turn up.


malt, malt syrup, malt extract

Malt is germinated grain, often barley. But it can be any grain: corn and rice are also common. They're much cheaper than barley, and so unspecified malt is probably not barley. Malt appears in alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, chocolate, and breakfast cereals, among other places.


mono- and di-glycerides

Mono- and di-glycerides are often found in sauces, dressings, and ice cream, where they modify (improve?) the texture of the finished product. Glycerides are made from both animal and vegetable fats or oils, corn included. Vegetable mono- and di-glycerides are sometimes labelled as such, but I've never seen animal glycerides so marked.


monosodium glutamate or MSG

MSG is a "flavor enhancer" used in many packaged foods, particularly prepared meals and instant soups. Chinese food is a major source of added MSG: reactions to it are sometimes called "Chinese restaurant syndrome". Alert Reader Beverly noticed that the MSG in Accent flavor enhancer is described on the container as "drawn from corn". I'm told that this is commonly true of MSG in US-made foods, but not in imported oriental products. The MSG Myth site also describes corn as a source of MSG.


sorbitol

Sorbitol is a sweet substance (but not a sugar) that occurs naturally in a number of fruits and berries. It's produced commercially by the breakdown of dextrose. It's used as a sugar substitute for diabetics, in the manufacture of vitamin C, and in some candies. Readers tell me it also appears in oral hygiene products such as toothpaste and mouthwash.



starch, food starch, modified food starch

Added starch in foods can come from any of several sources, but corn seems to be the most common. Unless the type of starch is specified, it's likely that corn starch is present.


sucrose

Sucrose usually means cane sugar, but Craig Gelfand has spotted an English candy whose ingredients included "sucrose (from corn)".


treacle

Treacle is a mixture of molasses and corn syrup, also known as golden syrup.


vanilla extract

The major brands of real vanilla extract all have corn syrup in them. (I haven't checked imitation vanilla flavorings.) There are vanilla extracts without corn syrup; a local brand is Scotts of Acton, MA.


vegetable-anything

Unless you know exactly what the vegetables are, you should be suspicious of any ingredient with vegetable in the name, including vegetable oil, vegetable broth, vegetable protein, vegetable shortening, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, and vegetable mono- and di-glycerides.


xanthan gum

Xanthan gum is a common thickener, the fermentation product of the bacterium Xanthomonas Campestris. X. Campestris can be grown in various media, including bulk corn sugars. Some brands of Xanthan gum claim to be corn-free; I don't know what growth medium they use. Because Xanthan gum is very cheap, its applications are still growing. You'll often find it in salad dressings, mayonnaise, and fast-food "milk shakes". I've also seen it in cream cheese and I'm told it's in Egg Beaters egg substitute.


zein

My dictionary tells me that zein is "a soft, yellow powder obtained from corn, used chiefly in the manufacture of textile fibers, plastics, and paper coatings" or "a man - made fiber produced from this protein". A helpful netizen tells me that zein is the usual encapsulant for time-release medications.
Always remember my vegan food blog is corn and dairy free. If I do post anything with corn meal it is only to show you some Spanish ethnic foods that require corn meal.

From my Caribbean Vegan Kitchen to yours....SALUD!


3 comments:

  1. :( Sorry to hear about your allergies. I am sure it will present some great options for new foods though! :)

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  2. Millie,
    I totally understand how you feel about allergies. I have psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis and tons of things can set off my skin or joints that leave me miserable and covered in a flare. I have not had a flare in several years thank God, but I am always leary about eating anyone's food other than my own. I hope that your rash clears soon and that ridding your pantry of those hidden ingredients will make a huge difference in your health! Thank you for the informative post. I learned something new today, that always makes me happy!

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  3. Hives can be a sign of an autoimmune thyroid disorder (Hashimoto's). Hope you feel better soon!

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