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#1 of 11 Old 05-13-2008, 12:56 AM - Thread Starter
 
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i have been grain-free for about a month but a few times i allowed myself to believe that tamales are vegetables bc they are made from cornmeal and not flour. i just allowed myself to forget that a friend who was a veggie buyer at a local co-op told me corn was a grain and not a veg. what say you, mamas? thanks, ~revo
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Yeah, sorry, but I think corn is technically and nutritionally a grain. It's related to wheat, rye etc.--basically a giant grass.
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Here's a brief explanation: http://empirezone.blogs.nytimes.com/...ruit-or-grain/

Pretty interesting.
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I am grain-free, but I will eat fresh corn, and consider it a veggie. Once it has been processed though it is mostly definitely a grain.

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hmm, if you eat corn (masa in tamales) and feel fine, i dont see why it would matter? are you grain free as a matter of principle or of personal health?

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I remember reading that if corn has been processed with lime, then it digests much better... I believe masa harina has lime, so it would digest better than just cooked corn...:

My body believes that Corn (the vegetable) is a grain - and reacts as such

On the same lines, Nina Planck adds soda to her cornmeal when making cornbread.
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What I have read in the past that made sense was that if it has to be cooked to be able to eat it is a grain. I sometimes allow them, and would choose corn over other grains if I am going to cheat.

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Corn is definitely a grain and a common allergen, but... if it didn't cause you any noticeable troubles, it's probably ok once in a while.

Masa is a pretty good form of corn. It's processed, but in the right way.

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Why exactly are you grain-free? It could be that your body reacts fine to corn but not to other grains, or it could be that corn doesn't work well for you.

Technically, I'd classify corn as a grain, but that doesn't necessarily mean that you, personally, don't tolerate it well (in small quantities or otherwise.)

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