Can You Name 9 Corn Products in Your Food?

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Do you really realize how many corn products are in your every day diet?

You would guess not many.

Now read the following and then try counting the number of ingredients. Did it go up?

  • Caramel is often used commercially to provide the color for soft drinks and to give dark bread its   color.
  • Confectioner’s sugar or icing sugar is usually made from table sugar and 2 % to 30% cornstarch
  • Dextrose or sucrose is a simple sugar from corn found in cookies, sports drinks, ice cream, prepared foods and intravenous solutions.
  • Fructose is a simple sugar made from corn. Fructose is the name of a sugar molecule. Yes, there is fructose in fruit but not a great amount. Fructose and high fructose corn syrup are found in over 5,000 products.
  • Treacle or golden syrup is from either corn or sometimes molasses. It is used in cookies or candy.
  • Invert sugar or syrup is sometimes found in cookies.
  • Malt, malt syrup and malt extract can be made from any grain but is usually from corn and is found in alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, chocolate (especially American made) and cereals.
  • Sorbital is known as an alcohol sugar from dextrose and can be found in candy, vitamin C, toothpaste, and much, much more.
  • Sucrose is often made from corn but may be made from sugar cane.

Corn tortillas and masa  harina are prepared for use in cooking Mexican food. It is interesting to note that all the products mentioned so far are sugars except for the tortillas. All the sugars are short of enzymes, vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and any other nutrients.

Now if you read the list of ingredients, has the number of corn products gone up?

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