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Inspired Living

How I Eat (Why Corn Is Killing You) Part 1

Sarah Stanley

Happy Fitness Friday! First of all, if you are new to this site I welcome you.

Second of all, if you don't know how I eat, I'll recap it for you.

Third, if you don't know why corn is killing you, read on.

How I Eat:

Seventy-six percent fresh vegetables and 4 percent fresh fruit. Not canned, boxed, packaged, frozen, other). They are straight from the earth. Organic. Perishable. I will occasionally (3-4 times a year) buy frozen dark cherries.

Ten percent nuts and seeds. Unprocessed, organic. Seeds include ground flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, hemp hearts (seeds), sesame seeds, sunflower seeds. Nuts: Walnuts, Almonds, Macadamia, Hazelnuts, Cashews. No peanuts. I include coconut and hemp and almond nut "milk" in this category.

Ten percent meat/seafood/eggs. When and if I do eat meat, it has to be nitrate-free, hormone-free, grass-fed, no MSG, non-corn feed meat. And I eat Brown Eggs that were fed grass, not corn.

One hundred percent water. No coffee, sports drinks, alcohol, dairy milk, soda, etc). I will occasionally have a cup of herbal tea.

Other: Brewer's Yeast (not nutritional yeast), Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, Wheat Grass Powder. Earth-based supplements.

What I don't eat:

Packaged, canned, boxed, frozen, processed junk (it's not food), grains - including corn, dairy, nitrate/GMO/corn-fed meat, rice, legumes. I will occasionally (a few times a year) have Quinoa or brown rice.

Now on to the real topic at hand: why corn is killing you.

If you haven't watched King Corn, I strongly suggest (beg?) you to make time to watch it. You can access it on HuLu for free. Or buy the DVD and support the cause. It is WELL worth your time.

If you read the above list of what I eat, you will notice that I don't eat grains. This includes corn, but why? We'll get to the facts in a second, but here is what I want you to do. The next time you are in a supermarket, pick up a package and read the ingredient list. Notice anything? The word "corn" perhaps? It is in everything you eat if you aren't eating and living a grain-free life. And it's not straight corn, it's corn masked as High Fructose Corn Syrup. And HFCS is in everything from soda to bread to crackers to cake to chips to - the list is endless. And even the products that aren't labeled like commercial meats and eggs. Chickens and eggs are both fed corn which ends up in your body and even your hair. What am I referring to?

In the King Corn documentary Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis both had their hair tested and it came back with corn in it. Why? Well, the foods they were consuming had corn in them. And thus their award-winning documentary was born.

Think that burger, french fries and shake you buy and eat doesn't have corn in it? Think again. Pretty much everything you consume has corn in it. And I'm not talking about sweet corn, but field corn. Field corn is then processed into HFCS, corn starch, corn syrup, ethanol (fuel) and feed to name a few. But why is corn so bad for you? Let's dive right into the facts.

    • Corn is the No. 1 crop in America.
    • Corn produced today versus just 50 years ago can feed 155 people compared to 26.
    • Corn is in everything you eat and drink (if you don't pay attention)
    • Corn is used to produce fuel alcohol.
    • Over 55 percent of Iowa's corn crop is sent out of country .
    • U.S. corn production is two times any other crop
    • Corn is being GMO (if you don't know what GMO is, read other articles on this site.)
    • In the last 15 years, taxpayers paid corn farmers more than $77 billion (cited from King Corn)
    • Ten percent of America’s farmers collect more than 75 percent of the subsidies (cited from King Corn)
    • Since the late 1970s, the real price of fruits and vegetables increased by 30 percent, while prices for soft drinks decreased by 34 percent (cited from King Corn).
    • Over the last 20-50 years, corn seed has been genetically modified to resist herbicides and produce corn plants that can live close together.
    • Today an one acre of corn can produce 200 bushels = 500 tons of food per acre (but yet "food insecurity" is at an all time high)
    • Fifty percent of corn is turned into feed will which will end up in your hamburger.
    • Thirty-two percent of corn is exported and/or turned into ethanol (not food).

Corn is (slowly) killing you. And most people don't care or pay attention to this fact.

In fact, farmers today can't even feed themselves! Why? Because the corn has to be processed in order for anyone to eat it. The corn seed has been genetically modified (GMO) to produce more crops. More crops equals more money from the government. The other sad, troubling fact? Family farms are sold to big, corporate farms run that are basically run by Monsanto. Monsanto controls the seed, the herbicides/pesticides, everything. According to Farm Aid, 330 family farms are sold every week. This makes me cry and livid.

Bigger farms, bigger farm equipment (sprayers, tractors) have taken over the little family farm. Leaving you and me in poor health. When small family farms are taken over by government (Monsanto), the food you eat changes. Your health decreases. And we are a sick nation.

As mentioned above, corn is used in a variety of ways. One of which is feed. Cows (and chickens) are fed corn. Why is this bad? Well, when you feed a cow corn, they die. Seriously. A cow is not made to digest corn. But by feeding cows corn, the cows can gain weight quicker and taken to the slaughter house sooner so they can get paid sooner. Cows weren't made to standstill (just like humans). But in feed lots today, cows live in tight, confined spaces with eating corn as their only option. Less movement means more weight sooner which means getting them into the food chain quicker. Cows are also given antibiotics. In fact, 70 percent of antibiotics in the US are given to cows. The majority of meat on your plate is from an obese cow. Obese cow equals obese people. A grain-fed cow has nine grams of saturated fat compared to a grass-fed cow that has 1.3 grams of saturated fat. If all of this doesn't appal you, then I'm not sure what will. This is why buying grass-fed meat is SO important. As is nitrate/hormone free too.

Field corn is not edible. It has to be processed before anyone can consume it. So if humans can't eat it, why should animals eat it? It. Just. Doesn't. Make. Sense.

There will be Part 2 in the corn series for sure. In the meantime, eat corn? You might want to think about removing corn from your food plate (or bowl). Your health will improve because your body wasn't made to process and digest chemicals and GMOs.

This is why I don't eat grains and espcially why I don't eat corn. Go corn-free!

Thanks to King Corn documentary, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, Food Aid, Camp Silos and Hunger in America for providing the above corn facts.