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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2007 2:15 pm 
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I had two minor reactions in the last two weeks (no cold cores, but really itchy and a rash on the finger where I usually get rashes when I've eaten something I shouldn't have) and couldn't figure out what it was from. I did not recall eating anything weird or unusual in the last two weeks. I had only eaten out of the house twice, and both times were just sandwiches---sandwiches out, but just sandwiches. Still, it occured to me as I wracked my brain that was the only different variable, so I looked up Subway restaurants on-line, and...

Literally every single thing in that entire restaurant, down to the vegetables, has corn it it. The bread has corn meal. The meat, the cookies, the dressings, the cheese have corn syrup. The vegetables have 'seasonings' in them which contains corn starch AND corn syrup. Literally every single thing in that entire restaurant right down to the lettuce has corn stuff in it.

So...don't eat at Subway :) Not even salad :)

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2007 4:24 pm 
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It is never wise to eat out with a corn allergy. Any kind of bread is not safe for corn allergies...not just because of the corn meal on the crust but because of the dough conditioners, corn syrup and/or dextrose, shortening (could be corn) etc. Even yeast is not safe if you are highly sensitive because the yeast is grown on a corn culture.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2007 11:43 pm 
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Yeah, but the salad...they got it on the lettuce and everything! I was a little horrified when I read that.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2007 12:22 am 
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Yes, fresh vegetables (including lettuce) are often washed with corn derived citric acid to keep them looking fresh longer. I avoid salad bars and salads that are pre-packaged. Bagged (ready to serve) salads are usually washed with citric acid. I've had good luck with salads at some high-end restaurants but I always ask if they use a commercial vegetable wash or if they use citric acid on their vegetables.

I have even gotten corned from fruits and vegetables that I buy at the grocery store and then take home and wash myself. A good "corn safe" vegetable wash is baking soda and water. Last week I ate some fresh cherries that I washed really well and I still had a reaction.

Canned and/or frozen vegetables are also a problem for me. During processing, the vegetables are rinsed with citric acid to retain colour and freshness. This is considered a processing aide and is not required to be listed as an ingredient. I do fine with most fresh fruit and vegetables that I wash and prepare myself.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2007 2:45 am 
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Fortunately, I am not so sensitive that NEVER eating out is a step I am prepared to take at this point. I seem to be doing okay with just avoiding the obvious ones (corn, corn flour, corn oil, corn starch). Just posting the info for those that do eat out that Subway has no safe options at all, not even salad :)

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