Could You Go A Week Without Corn?

At first glance this may not seem like that hard of a challenge.  But when you really start to think about it, you may realize what a drastic change in lifestyle this would mean.

I recently watched the documentary, “King Corn”.  I highly recommend it.  The two gentlemen who created the film had a hair analysis done.  Your hair is basically a blueprint of everything you put in your body.  It was discovered that the carbon in their bodies largely came from CORN!  How could that be?  They end up growing an acre of corn and following it into our food system to see how it happens.

What they discovered is that Americans truly are corn-fed.  Most Americans drink it daily in the form of high fructose corn syrup in soda or juice drinks.  HFCS is also in our bread products and many packaged foods.  Even things you wouldn’t think of (check out your vanilla extract for instance).  Corn starch and corn protein isolate litter the labels of boxed and bagged foods.  And what makes up the biggest percentage of grain fed to most of the livestock in this country?  You guessed it, corn.

So to go a week without corn you may have to make some big changes to your diet.  No soft drinks.  No grain-fed beef.  No tortilla chips.  Most packaged food is out the window as well.

Why do this though?  There really are several reasons.  The first is your health.  It is not natural nor healthy to have your body process that much corn and corn byproducts.  The corn we grow today would have been unrecognizable to our ancestors in its current genetically-modified, pesticide and herbicide laden form.  Our bodies simply aren’t made to digest and process that quality and quantity of corn.

Corn growing is also bad for small family farms, but great for large feed lots and food companies.  Corn farms are also very hard on our environment due to the large quantity of fertilizer, irrigation, pesticides, and herbicides that must be used to sustain the quantity of genetically-modified corn that is produced in America.

This is hard information for this Iowa girl who grew up surrounded by the “land where the tall corn grows”!  But I encourage you to look into it.  Know that there is a reason to buy grass-fed beef besides just the health benefits.  Become conscious of how much of different products such as corn are going into your body.  There may be a reason that corn is becoming one of the top allergens for our kids.  You can only mess with a food source so much before our bodies begin to revolt against it.

So give it a shot!  Try it for just a week and see how it goes.

About Elizabeth

Elizabeth enjoys life as a wife and stay-at-home mom to her two daughters, 3-year-old Evelyn and 1-year-old Annabelle. She is passionate about home birth, breastfeeding, cloth diapering, attachment parenting, alternative medicine, crafting, and healthy eating. She and her husband are in the process of a local trans-racial adoption.
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