Wheat and Corn Allergies: Answering Questions from one of our Readers

Your doctors didn’t give you any advice on how to improve your son’s condition. Food allergies can be caused by problems with digestion and exposure to things in the environment, too. In our case we had to put our son on an anti fungal diet for six months. We also cut out all the junk foods. He ate whole foods. We bought as much organic food as possible to avoid exposure to pesticides.

If you have wheat and corn allergies You may want to avoid GMO foods, too.
These are the most common GMO crops in the U.S.

We now work hard to eat only non GMO food. We do this because GMO food is highest in pesticide residue. Pesticides have proven to disrupt the endocrine system as well as cause digestive disorders. The typical western diet is full of chemicals. These chemicals break down the immune system and weaken it.

After several years on a strict gluten and corn free diet we finally reintroduced our son to organic corn in 2012 and he did not react to it. He isn’t a corn lover but he’s now able to eat gluten free bread with corn in it.

What to Eat on a Healthy Wheat and Corn free Diet

  1. Buy organic apples, strawberries, and blueberries for healthy snacks. Conventionally grown ones are high in pesticides.
  2. Avoid the deli and buy prepackaged meat made without corn by-products. We like Applegate Farms and Hormel All Natural brands.
  3. Avoid all the major brands of packaged chips. These are made with GMO ingredients including maltodextrin (corn), corn oil, and corn syrup. White vinegar is also made from corn. Instead consider brands like Beanitos and Enjoy Life’s Plentils.
  4. Check out Breads from Anna for bread mixes that are wheat, corn, and gluten free.  Also look at Katz gluten free bread. If your son has an underlying fungal issue you need to make bread without yeast and sugar. I have a few yeast free bread recipes that we love to eat in our house. Cinnamon Raisin Bread is one of them.
  5. Skip the juice. The hot summer is coming. Get your son into the habit of drinking water. Nearly all commercial drinks and juices contain corn byproducts. There are a few brands that make soda with cane sugar but they are hard to find.
  6. Try to avoid too much dairy. It’s inflammatory and causes mucus buildup. You can try Almond milk instead. If you are going to do dairy, make sure it is a good organic brand and is cultured. We like to use Daisy Sour Cream, Organic Valley, and Stonyfield Organic.
  7. Avoid all popular brands of candy. They all have some form of artificial coloring, or flavoring, or corn in them. There are places you can go to get allergy safe candy. Visit the Natural Candy Store and shop by allergens.
  8. Make your own salad dressing, ketchup, and barbecue sauces. Healthy Family has some recipes posted if you’d like to look at our recipe page.  We use honey, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, and flax seed oil to make a lot of our dressings. It’s fresher and made to order, and cheaper in the long run.
  9. Hain makes an aluminum free baking powder that’s corn free. If you need to use baking powder and you can’t find it, there’s a simple baking powder recipe for wheat and corn allergies that you can use.
  10. Thicken soups and gravies with a few tablespoons of tapioca starch. It’s a great substitute for corn starch in corn free soups and gravies.

Joy, I hope this is helpful to you and anyone else struggling with wheat and corn allergies. I wish I could be more helpful with the peanut allergy, but we haven’t ever dealt with nut allergies in our house. I do know that peanuts and soy are closely related and it’s not uncommon for peanut allergy sufferers to react to soy too. Soy is another crop that’s nearly all GMO in the U.S. We can’t tolerate it at all in our house. Unfortunately there are some major brands like Betty Crocker selling gluten free baking mixes with GMO soy in them.

Let us know how your son is doing on his diet for wheat and corn allergies.

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4 Comments on Wheat and Corn Allergies: Answering Questions from one of our Readers

  1. The testing was done by a natropathic Doctor on the whole person, meaning he was tested for everything. The whole family was tested. At the time we had no idea that he was allergic to anything. The Doctor discovered his allergies
    and informed us that he should try to avoid these foos as much as possible, but a little bit on special occasions was okay. While he told us that it was not celiac, he did say that if he continued to eat these foods as often as he has been,it could develop into celiac in the long run.
    There was no mention of mold or fungus. Thank you for mentioning that – I’ll look into it.
    If you have not heard of Natropathic Medicine, please take a look at my post, Medication-Heal or Harm ? Natropathic Medicine Reveals at http://homemaker7.wordpress.com

  2. Thank you so much for this information! It has been very helpful. The peanut allergy hasn’t been that much of a concern, seeing as they never were a big part of my son’s diet. That was the easy part! He is used to eating white bread with every meal, including snacks! Yes, he always was a bread eater, and that is the hardest for him to deal with. I have looked at the sites you mentioned and am very grateful. 🙂 This is all very new to us, and I just needed to know where and how to shop. Thanks so much for everything!

    Joy

  3. Joy,
    I visited your site and it is wonderful. We are Catholic too, and very faithful. You had quite a feast for St. Joseph’s Day! Have you seen our most popular post of all time this year? I made Jesse Tree ornaments for Advent and posted free downloads.

    Let me know if there’s anything else I can help you with. Since your son really enjoys white bread, you may want to try the Katz brand. If he finds the bread too dry and hard just wrap it in a damp paper towel and ‘steam’ it for a couple of seconds in the microwave to re-moisten it. Every microwave is different. It may take 15 seconds up to a minute. Just experiment with it. We’ve brought back to life some stale tasting bread many times using this trick. It’s hard to get used to gluten free bread. Keep in touch about how he’s doing! I’m not sure if he likes toast, but gluten free bread is often better toasted. You could also make french toast out of it too. We’ve done that with almond milk and regular milk. It works great to revive homemade loaves that didn’t turn out quite right.

    • Thanks for all of your suggestions. We’re taking this change slowly and have reduced, but not completely eliminated wheat and corn. He has done well with the transition to the Gluten free bread. It contains cornstarch, so he only eats it twice a week. He is not celiac, as I have said, but has minor allergic reactions, such as cold symptoms that seem to last forever. Also, his hearing is “foggy” as he described it. Thanks alot for the ideas on breads that are both wheat and corn free. I’ll look into it.

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