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Sunday, April 24, 2011

The many names of corn

Alcohol(Liquor) and vinegar

Ascorbic acid (vitamin C)


Baking powder (starch component is corn starch)

Bleached flour (can contain cornstarch)

Caramel (often sweetener is corn syrup)

Citric acid (candies and drinks)

Confectioner’s sugar

Corn-anything (whole corn, corn flour, cornstarch, corn gluten, corn syrup, corn meal, corn oil, and popcorn)

Dextrin, Maltodextrin (sauces, dressings, ice cream)

Dextrose (glucose), fructose (cookies, ice cream, sports drinks, french fries, fish sticks, and potato puffs)

Excipients (substances used to bind the contents of a pill or tablet)

Golden Syrup (mixture of molasses and corn syrup, found in cookies and candies)

Glucona delta lactone (additive in cured meats)

Invert sugar or invert syrup

Lactic acid (cheese)

Lecithin (occurs naturally in eggs and corn)

Malt, malt syrup, malt extract (alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, chocolate, and breakfast cereals)

Mono- and di-glycerides (sauces, dressings, and ice cream)

Monosodium Glutamate or MSG (prepared meals and instant soups)

Sorbitol (sugar substitute, oral hygiene products such as toothpaste and mouthwash)

Starch, food starch, modified food starch


Table salt(iodized salt contains dextrose)

Treacle (mixture of molasses and corn syrup)

Vanilla extract( all major brands contain corn syrup)

Vegetable-anything (unless you know what the vegetable is: think vegetable oil, vegetable shortening, and vegetable broth)

Xanthan gum (salad dressings and mayonnaise)

Zein (yellow powder obtained from corn, used chiefly in the manufacture of textile fibers, plastics, and paper coatings" or "a man - made fiber produced from this protein". Zein is the usual encapsulant for time-release medications.)

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