If you wonder why I recommend removing corn from your diet, look no further than the myth that popcorn is a health food.
When factory farms want to fatten up cows and pigs quickly, guess what they feed them? Corn. And yet what does Skinnypop market as a diet food for humans? Corn.
Can you see the problem?
Against the Grain
While most people think of corn as a vegetable, it’s actually a grain, and it hasn’t got much going for it. Corn is highly inflammatory, which means it can cause a range of health issues, including type 2 diabetes, autoimmune disease, leaky gut, and more.
As if that wasn't enough, corn is also high-glycemic, which means it causes blood sugar spikes. And every time your blood sugar goes up, your body produces insulin to bring it back down.
Repeat this process enough times, and your body develops something called “insulin resistance.” Insulin resistance can lead to weight gain, high cholesterol, and heart disease.10 It's also tied to further inflammation – not a good cycle!
If the risk of weight gain, inflammation, and insulin resistance aren’t enough to make you toss your kernels, consider this:
Almost all U.S. corn is genetically modified.
Corn is cheap because large agricultural companies have figured out how to genetically modify it so that it can be sprayed with a powerful herbicide that will kill all the plants around it without killing the corn itself.
So where does all that poison end up? In the corn – which ends up in you. NOT okay! GMO corn is also a major food source for industry-farmed chickens, cows, and pigs, further increasing your toxic exposure.1 Remember, you are what you eat ate.
Corn is host to 22 different types of fungi.
One of the worst is aflatoxins, chemicals produced by certain types of mold. Aflatoxins are frequently found in crops like corn and peanuts that are stored in hot, humid silos, and they’ve been linked to liver cancer and poor growth rates in children.2,3 No thank you!
Corn has high lectin content.
Lectins are a family of proteins found mainly in legumes and grains, and they have a trio of nasty side effects. First, lectins tend to bind to fibers in your small intestine, and as a result, you can’t absorb the nutrients in your food properly; over time, lectins can even cause intestinal ulcers.4
Secondly, lectins also attach to insulin receptors, making you more insulin resistant and opening the door to high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and widespread inflammation.5-7 As if that wasn’t bad enough, high levels of lectins can create leptin resistance, which interferes with healthy hunger hormones and can result in a ravenous appetite and obesity.8 Lectins are bad news, and corn is full of them…
Eliminating corn from your diet can be a challenge because it’s not just about corn-on-the-cob and popcorn. High-fructose corn syrup has already been proven deadly,9 but there are plenty more common products that contain corn, including baked goods, condiments, sauces, and salad dressing.
It may take some detective work, but it’s worth it to avoid such a potentially harmful ingredient. Remember, the more you avoid processed, packaged foods, the easier it will be to leave corn behind, too. Your body will thank you!
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