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Founder Friday: Corn; Love her, or not, with Erica Reid


Dear Beautiful, You, nécessité,

How are you today? Check-in with yourself; you have the power to make any changes required. Are you making any fun new dishes or repeating some of your favorites? Do you eat corn? I used to, and I loved having umeboshi paste it when I did it, but fast forward, the body talks, so I listen. Therefore, no more indulging in much corn.

I’ve always been curious about this, and I’m not the only one, am I? – Why does corn appear in our poopies? It’s summer, which means we tend to eat more corn. Corn, also called maize, is a cereal plant that originated in the Americas. It has big kernels and comes in various colors, such as yellow, white, and purple.

Corn is a popular food that can be enjoyed in many different ways. Whether you like fresh corn on the cob, cornmeal, corn flour, cornstarch, corn syrup, polenta, or corn oil, there are plenty of options. Many cultures consider corn a staple food, and it’s used in cooking and industry (like in the production of ethyl alcohol). Unlike other grains, like barley, rye, and wheat, that contain gluten, corn is gluten-free.

Depending on how you eat, it can make it not gluten-free, so edge on caution if you must avoid gluten. Do you ever wonder why the entire kernel of corn is present in your stools? Seriously. Think about it: most foods are broken down and digested but for some people, not corn. The whole kernel is present. This indicates that the body might not break down corn, so be aware. If you add certain sauces or other ingredients to your corn dish, it may not be a gluten-free dish, so again, read the ingredients if adding to corn dishes. 

Corn contains a type of fiber that some humans have difficulty breaking down. Our bodies lack some necessary enzymes, such as cellulase, to break down fiber cellulose effectively. As a result, the cellulose in corn passes through the digestive system undigested, making corn whole in our system. I believe this is what occurs to me. What about you?

It can be challenging for the digestive system to break down this fibrous material, leading to slower digestion and possible discomfort. In some cases, consuming corn on the cob with the husks intact can make it even more difficult to digest. I learned that corn husks are indigestible and can cause irritation or blockages in the digestive tract, especially if consumed in large quantities. Therefore my dear, think twice before you get grubbing. 

While corn may be more challenging to digest for some people, others may not experience any digestive issues with it. Additionally, cooking corn may help break down some of its tough components and make it easier to digest. Maybe! You can steam corn, sauté it, roast it, grill it; the option is yours to decide.

Suppose corn causes discomfort or digestive symptoms for you. In that case, eliminate it, consume it in moderation, or explore alternative vegetables and grains that are easier for your digestive system to handle. We are all humans with different systems, so do what works for you. As always, if you have persistent digestive concerns, it’s advisable to consult a trusted professional healthcare provider for proper evaluation and guidance. 

I avoid most corn products, as it is something I react to in a sensitive manner. Always read the ingredients.  Be aware of things sprayed on your corn because whatever is sprayed on it before it makes it to the market eventually goes home with you, and it may have been treated to keep bugs and other things off. You may be eating some of that spray. Clean well and be well informed. Whatever works for you, just be grateful! Consult with your healthcare provider if you are in question if allergic or sensitive to corn or any corn or food item.

 You are a nécessité

Much Love and Gratitude,
Erica Reid,
Founder of nécessité
Certified Holistic Health Coach
Certified in Gut Health
Certified in Auricular Therapy (Ear Seeds)
Author of The Thriving Child and Shut Up and Cook!

Erica Reid, Founder of nécessité
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