We all know, “Eat your veggies!” It’s been drilled into our heads since we were tiny tots.
But are all veggies good for you? Are there any we should avoid completely?
Well, according to a recent study by a group of Harvard scientists, there was one vegetable in particular that caused the most weight gain of all when consumed.
Add to that, this vegetable is the #1 genetically grown crop in the U.S., and we are talking over 90% of the crop grown is now GMO.
Not to mention, it is widely and commonly used as feed grain for commercial livestock—contaminating our cows, hogs, chickens—for example. When the livestock eats this GMO grain, then we eat the livestock, guess what…?
We ingest the now-proven-beyond-a-shadow-of-a-doubt cancer-causing meat and add to our accumulating glyphosate toxin burden level already in our systems. Yep, we all have it in our system at this stage of the game to varying degrees.
Glyphosate, the herbicide used in RoundUp in GMO crops, is now yesterday’s news when it comes to knowing the direct link between ingesting it and developing cancer. (see blogpost “FINALLY THE DECEPTION IS OVER”)
Have you figured out yet the vegetable culprit to avoid at all costs…?
Yep. Those succulent yellow kernels that are one of the most widely consumed vegetables in the world, and when dried considered a grain.
Now, if you still want to dismiss weight gain and cancer causing as insufficient reasons to avoid corn completely, let’s take a closer look at the nutritional pros and cons of corn.
First of all, it is high in fiber. That can be a good thing to keep those bowels moving, that is unless you have inflammatory gut issues which the fiber will irritate and make your inflammation worse.
Then there are the difficult to digest prolamin proteins, but hey, it’s gluten free so that’s a good thing, right? Wrong. Those prolamins are similar in structure to gluten and chances are you may be one who just can’t handle prolamins in your diet.
But what about the vitamin C, B vitamins, magnesium, potassium and all the other nutrients contained in whole corn? Ok, I’ll give you that one, but those same nutrients are pretty much destroyed when the corn is processed.
One tidbit of good news is that sweet corn grown for consumption is still largely GMO free. This is different from the commercially-grown GMO field corn used largely for fuel and animal grain.
That same commercially-grown corn is used for many other contaminated corn-derivatives…
- Corn oil
- Corn syrup
- High fructose corn syrup
- Corn starch
- Citric acid
- Xanthan gum
- Ascorbic acid (yes, that means your vitamin C)
- Caramel color
- Lactic acid
- Magnesium stearate
- Modified food starch
- Distilled white vinegar
And that’s the short list. No, I’m not kidding.
You’d better become a serious label-reading detective on all labels, and that includes your vitamins and supplements, for any of these lurking GMO corn additives because the profit-hungry food and vitamin industries have one goal in mind—bottom line.
No, they are not looking out for your health. That’s your job.
These GMO-derived, highly-processed corn derivatives have infiltrated the processed food/vitamin/supplement industry.
Buyer beware. Do your homework. If you see any of these alias names on your labels, put it back on the shelf and step away.
Still not convinced that corn and its toxic concoctions need to be avoided if you want to achieve good health? OK, let’s see if this will seal the deal on this argument.
There is another little-talked-about carcinogen lurking in corn.
Say what? Aflatoxin is a mold, a fungal toxin that contaminates corn during production, harvesting, storage, and processing.
Even worse, it is categorized as a mycotoxin which is a deadly byproduct produced by mold and fungus, and these mycotoxins are some of the most toxic substances in existence.
To further clarify, aflatoxin is a type of mycotoxin produced by Aspergillus molds. They are very toxic and make no mistake, they are carcinogenic.
If you ingest enough of these aflatoxins, even a small amount taken in over a period of time, you may experience…
- Liver damage
- Abdominal pain
- Digestive disorders
- Brain fog
- Liver cancer
- Even death!
These same aflatoxins that can cause cancer in humans, also cause cancer in animals. They will damage the immune system and the liver, more than any other organ.
A number of other crops are also contaminated with aflatoxins, but corn just so happens to be at the top of the list for aflatoxin risk.
Still not convinced? Then, I give up, on you at least. But for me, sustaining wellness has crossed corn off my list.
But wait… What about that certified organic, fresh from the farm, delicious sweet corn?
Aside from the aflatoxin issue… Perhaps after a good soak in a healthy vegetable wash like saltwater or non-GMO vinegar water to kill the deadly aflatoxin, I too might indulge on a rare occasion.
Wondering which way to turn to get your health back? I understand and would love to chat with you. Let’s talk. This call is my gift to you.