Corn Allergies: Symptoms and Dangers


Corn plays a vital role in cuisine and in every day life. 14.6 billion bushels of corn that are grown in the United States are not grown to be consumed. Being allergic to corn can mean more than dietary changes. Corn allergies are rare and hard to diagnose. It can be easy to confuse corn allergies with allergies to grass or grains. Both raw and cooked corn can cause allergic reactions to those with corn allergies.

Symptoms of Corn Allergies

  • Vomiting

  • Indigestion

  • Wheezing / Shortness of breath

  • Weak pulse

  • Pale or blue coloring of the skin

  • Dizziness

  • Swelling of the tongue / lips

  • Anaphylactic shock

Foods with Corn You Need To Avoid

  • Corn Bran

  • Cornmeal

  • Corn oil

  • Corn Syrup

  • Cornstarch

  • Popcorn

  • Maize

  • Corn tortillas

  • Breakfast cereals

  • Corn chips

Foods that May Contain Corn

  • Baking Powder

  • Vegetable Oil

  • Peanut Butter

  • Cheese and Cheese Spreads

  • Fried Potatoes or Rice

  • Tacos

  • Gravy

  • Salad dressings

  • Ice Cream

  • Chocolate milk

  • Gelatin Capsules

  • Vanilla Extract

  • Marshmallows

  • Candies

  • Carbonated Beverages

Other Items That Have Corn

  • Toothpaste

  • Shampoo

  • Makeup

  • Vitamins

  • Crayons

  • Clothing

  • Paint

  • Pet food

  • Straw

  • Paper containers

  • Surgical gloves

  • Laundry starch

Corn allergies can cause people to react to corn and grass pollen. Those with asthma, eczema, hives, hay fever, or other food allergies have a higher risk of developing corn allergies. If a sibling has a corn allergies, any siblings have a higher risk of developing them.

Since corn isn’t one of the top 8 allergens, companies do not need to make a separate warning in regards to corn. Be sure to consult a nutritionist if you or someone you love has corn allergies. Buying fresh food is a good way to avoid corn. Avocado, grapeseed and olive oilare a good alternatives for corn or vegetable oil. Corn syrup should be replaced by honey, agave, or sugar cane syrup.

Do you know someone who has corn allergies? What other allergies should we write about? Comment below and share your stories with us! Share this blog with someone who wants to learn about corn allergies!

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