If you are new to the super exciting world of corn intolerance (please note the sarcasm oozing from the word “exciting”), you are probably feeling pretty overwhelmed with all of the new information you are suddenly having to learn on a daily basis. The more you get corn out of your system, the more you will start to notice how sensitive you really are, and will be able to more easily detect the presence of corn in foods within minutes of eating it. If you are anaphylactic, you probably already experience this and really have no room for error, but if you are like me, you will simply begin noting your own personal reactions to specific foods, and will begin to be able to start eliminating them one by one until you are left with the safe options that work for you.
One of the first foods that I noticed bothered my autoimmune system was eggs. I knew I wasn’t allergic to them specifically, because I have a dear friend that is super sensitive to eggs and has horrendous gastrointestinal distress when she eats them. My reaction is different. I get joint pain and migraines. Those are the exact reactions that I get to corn derivatives, so that immediately tells me that the eggs can be “corny”, which got me thinking about all of the possible ways in which they can become corny. I googled around, and the answer became clear very quickly.
From what I understand, eggs can become corny when:
- Hens are fed a heavy corn-based diet, which is especially bad when it is conventional (GMO). This can also apply to “cage-free”, organic, and especially to the “vegetarian” fed hens. The common denominator between each method is corn, in varying degrees.
- Most of this yellow corn feed has xanthophyll added to enhance the yellow coloring of the egg yolk – and according to this site, that can also sometimes be derived from corn, making it doubly corny. Just think, if a substance is added to feed that directly affects the coloring of the egg itself, then the egg is undoubtedly directly affected by everything the chicken eats.
- The actual processing of the eggs after the hens have laid them also renders them corny. Eggs shells are very porous, meaning they easily absorb whatever touches them. I have read that before eggs are packaged in their little cartons, they are sometimes given a vinegar bath to wash all the dirty bits off, which then seeps into the egg, leaving you with corn-poisoned, yet pristine-looking eggs. The site that I listed about also states that they sometimes use other cleaning agents, and then coat the eggs with oil to seal them, and sometimes that oil can also be corny. They also go into greater detail as to how the eggs can sometimes create a vacuum effect when being processed, causing whatever is outside of the shell to be sucked right into it. Worth a read!
All of this being said, there are some safer options, and totally safe options as well. The safer option that I have had the most luck with are local, pasture-raised eggs straight from the farm. Chickens are not vegetarians, and they make great pest control for your yard because they eat bugs! Those bugs pack a lot of protein and other essential nutrients into the resulting eggs, obviously making them the better choice anyway. The absolute safest choice would be to have yourself some back yard chickens, with which you would know exactly what they are being fed and how their eggs are being handled at all times. One day I shall have me some chickens!
Get to know your local farmers if you can, and if you do not have that option, do some research on whatever eggs you can find in your local health food store. There is usually at least one or two brands of pasture-raised eggs to be found, and hopefully you will find what works for you.
Please note that I am not a nutritionist, scientist, or doctor of any kind. I am only offering advice based on my personal experience with my corn allergy in hopes to help others that may be experiencing what I have gone through, and find that they are struggling with finding safe food choices. Every person with a corn allergy is unique, and you will find that what works for others may not work for you, and vice versa. Please tread carefully when testing foods for yourself, and feel free to share what you find works for you!