What’s wrong with corn? Part I


One of my favorite late summer rituals is to stop at the roadside stand that an elderly couple put up in front of their small property and buy fresh corn that they’ve grown themselves. It is simply delicious.  Nothing makes summer more enjoyable than an open wood fire salmon bbq with fresh corn on the cob. There’s nothing wrong with this kind of corn and probably not a lot wrong with the organic corn you can find in the grocery store or farmer’s market.


Our food industry has gone totally haywire. It’s become a tangled web of government subsidies, agribusiness take-overs, genetically modified seeds, environmental catastrophes and highly processed packaged foods. This all has happened when our genes were not looking and in such a short period of time, that there is no way our bodies can adapt quickly enough. Corn is just one example, but one that most of us eat so much of that the majority of the carbon found in human hair samples comes from corn.

Todd Dawson, a plant biologist at the University of California-Berkeley, can test a strand of hair to determine how much corn is in your diet or mine by looking for a form of carbon found in corn. “We are what we eat with respect to carbon, for sure. So if we eat a particular kind of food, and it has a particular kind of carbon in it, that’s recorded in us, in our tissues, in our hair, in our fingernails, in the muscles,” Dawson says.1

So, we are basically walking corn chips! How did so much corn get into our bodies? I know lots of people that don’t like fresh corn, never eat it, but I will bet my corn chips that their hair analysis comes back very high in corn. It’s because corn is everywhere, in almost everything you eat, especially if you eat products that come off a grocery shelf.  Almost everything you buy in a store contains corn, from ketchup to chicken, beef to spaghetti sauce, salad dressings to pork.


The bad guys of this story are high fructose corn syrup and corn fed meats. I’m sure you’ve already heard about the health dangers of high fructose corn syrup. I will go into this in more detail in my next post. Awareness about how this stuff gets into your body is the first step in correcting it. High fructose corn syrup is so prevalent that I challenge you to this test:

Next time you go to the grocery store, buy the products you usually buy without reading the ingredients, and when you get home, before you put the items away, read the ingredients. Write down how many of them include high fructose corn syrup. Notice how high up on the ingredient list it is. Figure out the percentage of items you bought that contain HFCS. You might be surprised. Share your results with us in the comment box above.

In my next posts I will further explain why corn is not good for your health, our economy, or the environment. I’ll also be giving you more easy action steps you can take to protect yourself and make some very easy changes in your habits that will make huge impacts on the way you feel. In the meantime, I encourage you to watch this documentary:

King Corn Trailer

You can watch it instantly on Netflix:

King Corn

1. “If we are what we eat, Americans are corn and soy” By Dr. Sanjay Gupta  CNN Chief Medical Correspondent

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2 thoughts on “What’s wrong with corn? Part I

  1. SUZ says:

    Excellent points indeed!! Just heard a program on this KUOW and was thrilled to read your write up as well. Please put me on your list to receive your posts via email notification. You are amazingly articulate (which is no surprise, sistahhh), and I can feel like I am sort of having tea with you and chatting, well kinda.
    Well done. Keep up the good work! I applaud you and your creative endeavors.


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