Corn and Soy Follow-up

As promised on Tuesday, here’s a little follow-up about corn and soy and the food you’re eating.

If most of what you eat comes directly from a plant, today’s post isn’t so much about what you’re eating. If most of what you eat comes from a package, this one’s for you.

You might have watched the video on Tuesday and thought that it didn’t really matter because you don’t really eat corn or soy products. But a scan of the ingredients in the food you’re eating will show otherwise.

(I read somewhere a while back that over 3/4 of what the average American eats is corn. Can’t find that stat now…)

Go get a couple of packages of anything out of your pantry and look at the label.

Obviously, any ingredient with “corn” in its name is made from corn. Corn syrup (whether high fructose or not) and corn starch are both extremely common. There are many other ingredients that can be derived from corn, though they also could be derived from other sources. A very comprehensive list can be found here.

Found any corn in your food so far?

Now scan those same labels for soy. Again, anything with “soy” in the name is a culprit, including soy protein, soy lecithin, and soybean oil.

That is why these two crops are such a big deal. Additionally, livestock are fed both of these in large quantities, so if you are a meat-eater, you are eating these GM foods second-hand.

Was there more corn or soy in your pantry than you expected?

How can you get away from it? Eating foods that come from plants instead of foods that come from packages is the simplest way to do it. Eating organic also does the trick.

For packaged foods: those containing soy are typically labeled, since it is a common allergen — look just under the ingredients. Know what you’re looking for and read labels.

This makes me think … a post about reading labels is in order. Look for one next week!

3 responses to this post.

  1. I HATE corn and soy. Corn because it’s hard to digest and pretty much all of it is now GMO, and soy messes up your estrogen and is very mucous forming plus GMO.

    It makes me SO SAD how much corn and soy the normal American eats. I think it’s screwing up our health in a bad way 😦

  2. Posted by Kristin on 8 April 2011 at 13:58

    I read both of your posts on corn and soy. I am allergic to both soy and corn (very allergic to soy) and the one thing I have learned is that it’s in your food sometimes without appearing on the ingredients label. Ingredients such as “Natural Flavor” very often have soy lecithin as a preservative.

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