If you think you are suffering from a High Fructose Corn Syrup allergy, you may be right, except you are probably, in fact, allergic to corn. My personal theory is that through overconsumption of processed foods, most of which contain corn, a fair number of Americans have become allergic to corn. It's difficult to say how many people are actually allergic because it's one of the most undiagnosed allergies. Why? People eat it every day and don't realize why they feel so rotten. It took me years to figure it out. But, after talking with others with corn allergies, I have compiled a list of symptoms that might be helpful to those trying to find answers.
Could you eat nearly anytime and anywhere? Do you crave chips, chocolates and other foods constantly? Does your mouth water thinking about those fast food burgers? Do you think you lack willpower? Are you overweight? Are you tired all the time? Are you depressed or do you suffer from brain fog? Are you diabetic or have you been diagnosed with arthritis, sinus trouble or IBS? If so, it's possible that corn allergies are the culprit.
I believe that corn allergies also have a strong genetic component. Look at your mother and father and siblings for similar signs. Chances are someone in your family is also allergic to corn, whether or not they know it. Breastfeeding mothers have noticed their babies reacting to foods they've eaten as well.
Corn is present in many forms in processed foods from high fructose corn syrup, the most noticeable, to corn syrup, corn starch, citric acid, vinegar, MSG, and Maltodextrin to name a few. When reading some labels, you will see the first few ingredients actually contain high fructose corn syrup and corn syrup. That's one sweet product.
If you think you might be allergic to corn, you can get an allergy test from a doctor. It is the fastest way to learn if you are allergic to corn or are experiencing an intolerance to corn. If you are allergic to corn and completely avoid it in all forms (there are so many forms), you will notice t hat many of the related symptoms will go away. If consumers want to do away with high fructose corn syrup they need only vote with their wallets. If people stop buying it, companies will stop making it. It's that simple.