Corn Ingredient List

Although corn is not included in the top 8 most common allergens, the instances of it becoming a food allergen are growing.  Corn is in so many food and non-food items that it is mind boggling to me.  Did you know that the sticky part on an envelope that you lick contains corn?

This list is not at all exhaustive as companies use ingredients derived from corn that they are not even aware of.  Furthermore, just because an ingredient is on the list doesn’t mean it necessarily contains corn.  Thus, someone with a severe corn allergy must be very cautious.  While my husband avoids corn, it is not a fatal allergen for him.

  • Acetic acid
  • Alcohol
  • Alpha tocopherol
  • Artificial flavorings
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Ascorbates
  • Ascorbic acid
  • 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 corn
  • 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*
  • 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

* Indicates least likely to contain corn, but still proceed with caution.

I found a very good descriptive of most of these ingredients at Live Corn Free.

This list was compiled from Corn Allergens.

PrintFriendly and PDF
This entry was posted in Food Allergies & Health. Bookmark the permalink.

17 Responses to Corn Ingredient List

  1. Becky Cook says:

    Whoa!!! That list is crazily impressive! I had no idea corn was present in so many things. I really appreciate the education I am getting through this, Michelle!!! Thank you for your hard work. Thanks for the gift bag, too!!! 🙂


    • Cook says:

      The list is crazy! And it doesn’t even include all the non-food items that contain corn. So many vitamins and other products that I always think should not carry corn.

      I’m glad you got your giveaway! Hope you’re able to enjoy it.

      Thanks for your encouragement!

  2. I think corn is one of the hardest allergens we’ve had to try to avoid… there are so many items on that list I’m constantly forgetting what’s on it and standing frozen with food in my hand trying to remember if it’s ok to give it to my sons! My littlest one hates to lick envelopes, and now I know why 🙂

    • Cook says:


      I agree that corn is one of the hardest (closely followed by soy) because it’s in so many things. Things that we don’t even know. I am so thankful that my husband’s corn allergy is not severe, so when ALL of these bases aren’t covered, it’s not going to kill him. I feel such pain for those who have a severe allergy to corn. I suppose there is something to be said for the newer self-adhesive envelopes 🙂

      Thanks for your comment!

  3. Becki says:

    Wow! I supposably have a corn allergy but dont avoid it. My 4 month old seem to be sensitive to corn. we had thickened his formula with a commercial food thickener but it made his diapers loose, rank, and dark green. He is now off the thickener and doing much better. I had NO idea corn was in so much stuff!

    • Cook says:


      Isn’t it mind-boggling? Since my husband’s corn allergy isn’t severe, I don’t even attempt to avoid all of these ingredients. We avoid the big things that say “corn…” or particular ingredients that I know contain corn like xantham gum, white vinegar and others.

      Thanks for your comment!

      • Cook says:

        I forgot to mention that we avoid all the “dextroses” too. They can be found is just about every non-whole/natural food on the store shelf!

  4. Heather Brandt says:

    Why white vinegar? I’ve never heard of it containing corn before.

    • Cook says:

      I had to research this again as I have forgotten the specifics on vinegar 🙂 However, the question is, how much of the protein actually remains in the final product once it goes through this long fermentation process? My guess is very little, so I’m not sure how much it might affect someone severely allergic to corn, or wheat, for that matter.

      Here is what I found:

      White vinegar is an aqueous solution of about 5% acetic acid…the ingredients in white vinegar mainly comprise acetic acid….For making the white vinegar ingredient, acetic acid, one of the most important sources is corn or rice. … Usually, these grains are sprinkled with little water and are put inside a pot covered with a wet muslin cloth. They are kept in a similar state until they sprout. After that the contents are crushed into a mash which now undergoes starch conversion. This is mostly done through enzyme conversion where starch content is converted to sugars by use of amylase enzymes. Enzyme conversion is an integral activity of the malting process. Cooking and milling processes also aid in breaking down the starch content to sugars. Even acid hydrolysis is used for the above. Now once the sugars are obtained, they are converted to ethyl alcohol by alcoholic fermentation process aided by yeast bacteria. …After fermentation, the alcohol is converted to acetic acid through acid fermentation assisted by bacteria…This finally yields the white vinegar ingredient acetic acid….Apart from corn and rice, wheat, barley and rye are also used for making the white vinegar ingredient, I mean, acetic acid. On the commercial front, vegetables like potatoes and beet are also used as they have high starch contents.

  5. Kristen says:

    Wow…I am completely blown away. So thankful that no one here has a corn allergy….don’t know how I’d even begin to keep this straight 🙂

    • Cook says:

      My husband recently told me that we should see a slight dip in beef prices because they recently had to butcher cattle from a shortage of corn. The reason for the shortage is b/c of the government subsidized ethanol gas. With corn in so much of our food and other items, we will probably continue to see a rise in food prices. I already have sticker shock at the rise over the last 6 months or so. So, really, as I see, corn is bad all the way around…although it is pretty good lathered with butter and salt, eaten off the cob 🙂

  6. Sandy Toes says:

    Wow- that is crazy!
    sandy toe

  7. Andie says:

    I have a severe corn allergy. It is a total bummer to say the least. A couple things for folks with corn allergies to watch for – things like cane sugars and sorghum are in the same botanical family so developing allergy with regular comsumption is very easy to do. Also beer, wine, spirits you have to watch. wines made in the united states all have sugars (usually corn) added to increase alcohol yield.

    As for vinegar I find white wine vinegars (usually italian imports) make a real nice substitute for recipes calling for vinegar.

  8. Pingback: Why Bother? | Arid Land Homestead

  9. Pingback: Simple Woman « Out of the Blue

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *