Corn Antibodies in Celiac, Crohn's, and Ulcerative Colitis | Gluten-Free Society

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In this 1978 Study, corn antibodies were found in patients with celiac disease, crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis (see table 1).

“It is of interest that patients with coeliac disease on a gluten-free diet had a lower incidence of wheat, but not of maize, antibodies when compared with those patients not on a diet.”

The authors go on to state that the corn reaction most likely has to do with the development of leaky gut syndrome in patients with inflammatory bowel disease.


Clin Exp Immunol. 1979 Jan;35(1):147-8.

Gluten Free Society’s Stance:

Corn (maize) has gluten in it.

Many argue that corn gluten is different than the glutens found in wheat, barley, and rye.  The basis of this argument serves to perpetuate massive corn consumption by those diagnosed with celiac disease.  As shown in the above study, almost half of the celiacs reacted to corn whether they were on a traditionally defined “gluten free” diet or not.    Which half are you in?

Also of note:  The above study shows that patient’s with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis also have a higher antibody reactions to corn compared to controls.  This brings up some very important questions:

  1. Does corn gluten contribute to these diseases?
  2. Do these disease causes leaky gut and create a secondary reaction to corn?
  3. If #2 is true, does the continual consumption of corn continue to keep these patients from getting better?

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12 responses on “Corn Antibodies in Celiac, Crohn’s, and Ulcerative Colitis

  1. Rachel says:

    I am waiting for the links & recipes to good food!

    I can not eat corn or any derivatives, nor any animal meat that eats corn, nor any USDA processed grassfed meats. God’s blessing is that I can still have grassfed milk and home processed grassfed beef. If not for that I would starve.

    I can not have most vegetables found in the store as they are contaminated with corn as well (potatoes, tomatoes, lettuce, and others).

    Love the site. Keep up the good work educating. Thanks for what you do.

  2. Cathy Peterson says:

    I have celiac disease also have corn allergy, go figure, both foods share similar response, eureka–I learn something new everyday!

  3. David H says:

    Hi Rachel,
    Try my friend Caryn Talty’s Site Healthy Family .Org, she has a son with a corn allergy
    and even converted one of my recipes to make it suitable for him.

    Healthy Family . Org

    Best Regards,

  4. Diane says:

    Very interesting – I was diagnosed with coeliac disease 3 years ago but even after following a strict diet have not really felt any better. I tried going lactose free for a while but seem to be OK on milk products now. Did wonder myself if it could be maize as that seems to be in a lot of things I eat nowadays.

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  7. Interesting information. I wonder how many coeliacs here find corn to be an issue for them. I have to avoid soy on top of being coeliac. I’d hate to think of what avoiding corn on top of this would be like for me. Having said this, there are some good pickings here in Australia like Country Life Bakery who’s ‘gluten free’ range of products are all soy and ‘corn free’ as well as Glutenfree Bakery who have a large number of pies and pastries free of corn! Thanks for the article!

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  9. valerie says:

    What should one eat then? I am practically starving. Don’t know what to eat since all grains seem to have gluten.Please help!

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