Should A Coeliac Eat Corn?

Quote of the week for you here, which just about says it all…

“Maize is used as an alternative to wheat to elaborate foodstuffs for celiac patients in a gluten-free diet. However, some maize prolamins (zeins) contain amino acid sequences that resemble the wheat gluten immunodominant peptides… analysis indicated that other zeins contain similar sequences, or sequences that may bind even better to the HLA-DQ2/DQ8 molecules compared to the already identified ones. Results concur to indicate that relative abundance of these zeins,…may be of paramount clinical relevance, and the use of maize in the formulation and preparation of gluten-free foods must be re-evaluated in some cases…”

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22298027/

Short answer: probably not. The truth of the matter is, as I discuss here, that many coeliacs do not get well on a traditional gluten free diet. They may feel better symptomatically, but there has to be a reason why many coeliacs go on to develop myriad other autoimmune diseases ie. the damage process doesn’t stop.

This is likely, partly at least, because of other cross-reactive gluten foods. Some grains have a structurally-similar amino acid sequence to gliadin, so it would make sense that some bodies will react to those too. Corn is the biggie. I find corn issues to be pretty common in people with gliadin sensitivity/coeliac disease. Corn is designated as a vegetable, but it is actually a grain, by the way.

Sadly, it does not seem enough to cut corn out of your diet – which is hard enough as it is ubiquitously used as a gluten free substitute. You need to check meds, supplements and toiletries too. For example, most Vitamin C and citric acid is derived from corn nowadays, as is maltodextrin and most stuff ending in -ose on a label.

Use our free supplement master list for corn, grain and dairy free supplements. And all the TrulyGlutenFree recipe books and plans such as Adrenal, Candida and Gluten are here.

I hate to say cut more stuff out, but in this case, it pays dividends for future health.

See more on corn here.

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