Corn Allergy Food List

This list is intended for patients who are sensitive or allergic to corn and/or corn derivatives.

* Most common items that might not always contain or be derived from corn. Be informed and proceed with caution!


  • Acetic acid
  • Alcohol
  • Allulose
  • Alpha tocopherol
  • Artificial flavorings
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Ascorbates
  • Ascorbic acid (synthetic vitamin C)
  • Aspartame (Artificial sweetener)
  • Astaxanthin
  • Baking powder
  • Barley malt* (generally OK, but can be contaminated)
  • Bleached flour*
  • Blended sugar (sugaridextrose)
  • Brown sugar* (generally OK if no caramel color)
  • Calcium citrate
  • Calcium fumarate
  • Calcium gluconate
  • Calcium lactate
  • Calcium magnesium acetate (CMA)
  • Calcium stearate
  • Calcium stearoyl lactylate
  • Caramel and caramel color
  • Carbonmethylcellulose sodium
  • Cellulose microcrystalline
  • Cellulose, methyl
  • Cellulose, powdered
  • Cetearyl glucoside
  • Choline chloride
  • Citric acid*
  • Citrus cloud emulsion (CCS)
  • Coco glycerides (cocoglycerides)
  • Confectioners sugar
  • Corn alcohol, corn gluten
  • Corn extract
  • Corn flour
  • Corn oil, corn oil margarine
  • Corn starch
  • Corn sweetener, corn sugar
  • Corn syrup, corn syrup solids
  • Corn, popcorn, cornmeal
  • Cornstarch, cornflour
  • Crosscarmellose sodium
  • Crystalline dextrose
  • Crystalline fructose
  • Cyclodextrin
  • DATUM (a dough conditioner)
  • Decyl glucoside
  • Decyl polyglucose
  • Dextrin
  • Dextrose (also found in IV solutions)
  • Dextrose anything (such as monohydrate or anhydrous)
  • d-Gluconic acid
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Drying agent
  • Erythorbic acid
  • Erythritol
  • Ethanol
  • Ethocel 20
  • Ethylcellulose
  • Ethylene
  • Ethyl acetate
  • Ethyl alcohol
  • Ethyl lactate
  • Ethyl maltol
  • Fibersol-2
  • Flavorings*
  • Food starch
  • Fructose*
  • Fruit juice concentrate*
  • Fumaric acid
  • Germ/germ meal
  • Gluconate
  • Gluconic acid
  • Glucono delta-lactone
  • Gluconolactone
  • Glucosamine
  • Glucose*
  • Glucose syrup* (also found in IV solutions)
  • Glutamate
  • Gluten
  • Gluten feed/meal
  • Glycerides
  • Glycerin*
  • Glycerol
  • Golden syrup
  • Grits
  • High fructose corn syrup
  • Hominy
  • Honey*
  • Hydrolyzed corn
  • Hydrolyzed corn protein
  • Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
  • Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose
  • Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose pthalate (HPMCP)
  • Inositol
  • Invert syrup or sugar
  • Iodized salt
  • Lactate
  • Lactic acid*
  • Lauryl glucoside
  • Lecithin
  • Linoleic acid
  • Lysine
  • Magnesium fumarate
  • Maize
  • Malic acid
  • Malonic acid
  • Malt syrup from Cornu
  • Malt, malt extract
  • Maltitol
  • Maltodextrin
  • Maltol
  • Maltose
  • Mannitol
  • Methyl gluceth
  • Methyl glucose
  • Methyl glucoside
  • Methylcellulose
  • Microcrystaline cellulose
  • Modified cellulose gum
  • Modified corn starch
  • Modified food starch
  • Molasses* (corn syrup may be present; know your product)
  • Mono and di glycerides
  • Monosodium glutamate
  • MSG
  • Natural flavorings*
  • Olestra/Olean
  • Polenta
  • Polydextrose
  • Polylactic acid (PLA)
  • Polysorbates* (e.g. Polysorbate 80)
  • Polyvinyl acetate
  • Potassium citrate
  • Potassium fumarate
  • Potassium gluconate
  • Powdered sugar
  • Pregelatinized starch
  • Propionic acid
  • Propylene glycol*i
  • Propylene glycol monostearate*
  • Saccharin
  • Salt (iodized salt)
  • Semolina (unless from wheat)
  • Simethicone
  • Sodium carboxymethylcellulose
  • Sodium citrate
  • Sodium erythorbate
  • Sodium fumarate
  • Sodium lactate
  • Sodium starch glycolate
  • Sodium stearoyl fumarate
  • Sorbate
  • Sorbic acid
  • Sorbitan
  • Sorbitan monooleate
  • Sorbitan tri-oleate
  • Sorbitol
  • Sorghum* (not all is  bad; the syrup and/or grain CAN be mixed with corn)
  • Splenda (Artificial sweetener)
  • Starch (any kind that’s not specified)
  • Stearic acid
  • Stearoyls
  • Sucralose (Artificial sweetener)
  • Sucrose
  • Sugar* (not identified as cane or beet)
  • Threonine
  • Tocopherol (vitamin E)
  • Treacle (aka golden syrup)
  • Triethyl citrate
  • Unmodified starch
  • Vanilla, natural flavoring
  • Vanilla, pure or extract
  • Vanillin
  • Vegetable anything that’s not specific*
  • Vinegar, distilled white
  • Vinyl acetate
  • Vitamin C* and Vitamin E*
  • Vitamins*
  • Xanthan gum
  • Xylitol
  • Yeast*
  • Zea mays
  • Zein

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27 thoughts on “Corn Allergy Food List

  1. Alicia says:

    I have a nickel sulfate allergy. If I wear anything metal touching or indirectly touching my skin I have respiratory shutdown…where I need to use an epi pen. I also react to creams, lotions, etc that contain sulfates. It does affect what I eat too. I can anaphylaxis with just one bite of beef even peanut butter. And CORN…seems to be a major culprit. If I eat corn or anything with it… I get severe swelling in my legs and abdomen area. Along with asthma symptoms right away. Where I gain over ten pounds in two days.

    Now reading this list it makes even more sense why I’m having a hard time…I didn’t know this stuff was derived from Corn. Thank you 😉

  2. Dibolelo Modise says:

    Hello guys, I need help. I recently discovered that I’m allergic to zea maize(corn) and I don’t even know what to eat and what not to eat. Please help

    • Leaves of Life says:

      Hi, aside from consulting the food list we’ve provided on our blog, you could also look at our Paleo recipe category, since none of the recipes would contain corn. If you need more help, you could always consider consulting with one of our lifestyle coaches. Hope this is helpful. Patty

      • Kait says:

        Hi there, I realize this is an old post, but I wanted to comment and verify a few things. I have had a severe corn allergy for about a year now, but it didn’t really get make a turn for the worst until just a month ago. I have NO idea what I can eat, what cosmetics and toiletries I can use without full body rashes and red swollen eyes. I am still educating myself and have an appt. with an allergist this week. However, I saw your comments about doing the paleo diet. I noticed though, that some of the recipes contain honey and baking powder, both containing corn. From my research, I have truly not found any “diet” that I can safely eat without issues and outbreaks. Please let me know if I am overlooking something. Thank you!

        • Jan Haynes says:

          Hi I use Karin baking soda and Kelley’s honey. There are safe choices for us. You may want to join FB corn allergies and intolerances group as well as a local corn allergy group.

        • Mar says:

          Hey Kait, a few months late, but have you tried corn allergy girl’s blog? She talks about medical equipment, cosmetics, etc

  3. Als says:

    Alicia you may want to check your sugar levels, I have the same allergies as u and more but the microcrystalline cellulose and corn starch in medications also gave me diabetes. I had diabetes for over four years and now that I can not take medication and finding ways to wash this things out of my body I am no longer a diabetic. Almost everything on the market has these two items in them. Please watch your sugar levels also we can not take medications for high sugar only shots and self control wth food

  4. Rose says:

    @Als–one thing that can be done about medications is to have them compounded with organic tapioca powder or rice powder or similar.
    Beware of the “corn free” compounding powders which are used by these specialty pharmacies. I found out after YEARS of horrible pain that the powders which are supposedly corn-free in fact contain an average of 4-7 ingredients which the FDA themselves (who I don’t usually trust) identify as corn derivatives.

    • Lisa byrne says:

      Rose, How did you find out about the corn ingredient ( or derivative/component) in your compounded medication- if it was labeled “corn free”? Just curious as I do believe I have been suffering from this issue and am at the beginning stages of eliminating it. Several of my meds are compounded-but wondering now, if corn is in them also. Thank you.

  5. Evelyn Rivers says:

    I have found that keeping my system flushed helps more than anything. I consume corn unknowingly because I dont always home cook my meals. Who knows what they are injecting in our foods. I have trust issues now. I have to keep my system flushed because if I don’t I’ll get sick. My body does not function properly because of my food allergies. Corn, tree nuts, shellfish. Chocolate. If its free of corn, it has nuts, or so forth. This list will surely be saved though?

  6. Diane H. says:

    Next to “ascorbic acid” I would indicate (synthetic Vitamin C) so medical professionals cannot claim that “No one can be allergic to ascorbic acid, since it’s Vitamin C.” Too many don’t understand that ascorbic acid is synthetic.

  7. Anne says:

    I have recently discovered that I am allergic to corn. I think the main strategy to avoid it is to avoid anything processed which will probably be good for me anyway!
    A question though, what about meat? I would imagine that chickens, cows and pigs are all most likely fed corn as part of their grain diet. Is meat other than grass fed beef a potential allergy trigger?

    • Justine says:

      Grass fed beef is the only thing I trust, since chicken, etc is not labeled on what they eat. I’ve always wondered about chicken and other meat.. I still eat organic chicken and ham. Sometimes get a stomach ache and sometimes I don’t ?????

      Having a corn allergy/sensitivity is so annoying. You literally can’t eat anywhere else but your home, and still you never truly know!!

  8. Patricia Clarke says:

    When I get medications or vitamins; I always ask the pharmacists to check the ingredients; they have a large book that they can check this with. Most pharmacists will be very helpful in this process; it has changed my life with my corn allergy and I read and reread ingredients on food; and I only eat grass fed meats; I cook my own meals and I eat alot of fresh fruit and vegetables. I find your site very helpful; thank you for being there for all of us.

  9. Brenda Sheppard says:

    When you purchase meat make sure beef is grass-fed and grass finished. Grass-fed does not mean grass finished most grass-fed feed grain including low-grade corn moldy corn in the end of the process.
    with chickens when I say organic or when someone says they chicken is organic that does not mean corn-free. it still could be a third grade corn product I found out from several companies that I called that were at the grocery store calling themselves free range organic eggs etc every one of them were third rate grain fed from the same manufacturing company.
    With bird meat you’re going to want to find free range no grain fed in other words they forage for their own food this is the natural way and this is the best way to eat meat
    Being that it’s so hard to find eggs and chicken and beef in this condition I have elected to go with bison which will never be fed grain I was told they cannot handle it.
    every medication that I found has some type of corn in it every product that is process has some type of corn in it.
    With a corn allergy it’s very scary to venture out even to restaurants and the things that we can eat become fewer and fewer as the list gets longer and longer.
    Plus our journeys for they are hard.
    That’s all stick together and find relief as a collective supporting each other.

  10. Brian says:

    My corn sensitivity is the weirdest thing. My ankles and feet swell up to the point of needing crutches. I have been to the Cleveland Clinic and they have never seen such a thing. My blood work and allergy test don’t show any negative effects of corn but if I drink a sip of a corn based alcohol I almost immediately start to swell. I found that eating whole food plant based has worked the best for me. If I do slip up I will need a steroid occasionally to relieve the swelling. As you guys know, it is extremely frustrating to eliminate corn out of our diet. Good luck and stay strong!

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