Corn, it’s everywhere

How many of you know that we’re sharing the planet with corn? Yep, the tall tropical looking grass, called Zea Mays, is corn, and it’s everywhere! Old baseball players come from corn fields and extra-terrestrials do artwork in corn fields!

But seriously, do you eat beef?  Then you’re eating corn. Do you eat lamb? Turkey? Eggs? Then you’re eating corn. Do you enjoy ice cream, drink milk, eat cheese? Then you’re eating corn. Even fish, who are naturally carnivore’s, have been coaxed into eating corn

Everything you ingest that contains high-fructose corn syrup (soon to be labeled corn sugar)  is from corn. And beer, which is alcohol fermented from glucose, is refined from corn.

Modified starch, glucose syrup, maltodextrin, crystalline fructose, ascorbic acid, caramel color, coffee whitener, MSG, xanthan gum, and a myriad of other curious ingredients…all began as corn.

According to Michael Pollan, author of “The Omivore’s Dillemma” states “there are some 45,000 items in the American supermarket…more than a quarter of them contain corn in some form.” That’s nearly 12,000 products.

And would you believe that corn is in things we don’t eat too? Yep, everything from “…disposable diapers, trash bags, cleansers, charcoal briquettes, matches, and batteries, to the shine of the cover of your favorite magazine which contains corn, as does the vegetable wax used to protect produce, and the coating on the cardboard” in which the vegetables were shipped to the store. Corn, corn, corn – it’s everywhere.

The supermarket in which you shop contains corn too. It’s in the “wallboard, joint compound, linoleum, fiberglass and adhesives out of which the building has been built.”

Another tidbit of information you may not know is that corn, along with soy, is the MOST genetically modified organism on the planet. Thanks Cargill and Monsanto for taking perfectly good produce and turning into something our bodies can no longer recognize as food!

Learn more by reading Michael Pollan’s book “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” from which I have taken the above quotes.  And don’t miss “Food, Inc.” an eye-opening documentary about the food we eat.