Corn-Free Diet Confectioners' Sugar Substitute You don't have to go without cake icing just because of an allergy to the cornstarch in confectioners' sugar (a small amount - 2% - of cornstarch is added to powdered sugar to keep it from clumping). You can make your own confectioner's sugar by placing 1 cup of regular sugar in a blender or food processor and grinding until it is a fine powder. Add 1 teaspoon of arrowroot powder or other starch and use as needed. It should yield about 1 1/2-1 3/4 cups confectioners' sugar (as you powder the sugar in the blender, it increases in volume). If your child has a sensitivity to corn, you will find it to be a real challenge to avoid. Corn is one of the more versatile substances, being used for everything from food to animal feed, from glue to pharmaceutical applications. Read food labels for some of the most common corn by-product names, including: Corn flour, cornmeal. corn gluten, cornflakes, etc. Cornstarch, also listed on labels as starch or vegetable starch Corn oil Corn syrup or high fructose corn syrup Dextrins Maltodextrins Dextrose Fructose or crystalline fructose Hydrol, treacle Ethanol Free fatty acids Maize Zein Sorbitol Tips for Avoiding Corn Products Health food stores often stock corn-free foods, including ketchup, mayonnaise, corn-free baking powder, cereals, etc. Around Passover, corn-free products that are not typically available at other times of the year, are available at kosher stores. Products may include confectioners' sugar made with potato starch, and a special run of name brand soft drinks sweetened with sugar instead of corn syrup. Stock up! Try some of the following alternatives: Rice syrup instead of corn syrup Potato starch, arrowroot powder, tapioca, and other flours as thickeners instead of cornstarch Lemon juice, apple cider vinegar and other non-corn derived vinegars instead of distilled vinegar When purchasing medications or getting a prescription, check with your child's doctor and the pharmacist to make sure the medications are corn-free. Read every label, ask questions and double check with your child's physician. Corn Usage and Products Corn may be used in any of the following products. Be sure to read all labels, and check with the manufacturer when in doubt. Cornstarch (Food, Drug and Cosmetic Uses) Antibiotics Confectionery Mustard, prepared Aspirin Cosmetics Pie filling Baby foods Desserts (puddings, custards,etc.) Precooked frozen meals Bakery products (bread, rolls, cakes, pies, crackers, and cookies Drugs and pharmaceuticals Salad dressings Baking powder Flours, prepared (including prepared mixes - pancake, waffle, cake, candy, etc.) Soaps and cleaners Beverages, brewed (beer, ale, etc.) Food and drug coatings Soups Chewing gum Gravies and sauces Sugar, powdered Chocolate Meat products Vegetables, canned Corn Syrup (Food and Drug Uses) Baby foods Desserts Peanut butter Bakery products (bread, rolls, cakes, pies, crackers, and cookies Eggs, frozen or dried Pickles and pickle products Beverages, brewed (beer, ale, etc.) Extracts and flavors Rice and coffee polish Beverages, carbonated Frostings and icings Salad dressings Breakfast foods Fruit butters Sauces (seasoning, specialty, etc.) Catsup, chili sauce, tomato sauce Fruit drinks and juices Seafood, frozen Cereals, prepared Fruits, canned, candied, fillings, frozen, etc. Soups, dehydrated Cheese spreads and foods Ice cream, water ices and sherbets Syrups (table, chocolate, cocoa, fruit, medicinal, soda fountain, cordials, etc.) Chewing gum Jams, jellies, marmalades and preserves Toppings Chocolate products Licorice Vinegar Coffee whiteners Malted products Condensed milk, sweetened Marshmallows and related products Confectionery Meat products (sausage, hot dogs, etc.) Cordials and liqueurs Mixes, prepared (cakes, infant foods, pie fillings, pudding powders, ice cream, etc.) High Fructose Corn Syrup (Food Uses) Bakery products Fruit, canned Wine Condiments Fruit juice, canned Yeast Confectionery products Jams, jellies, and preserves Desserts, frozen Soft drinks Maltodextrins (Food Uses) Bakery mixes Gum confections Marshmallows Beverage powders Icings and glazes Nougats Condiments Instant teas Non-stick sprays Dehydrated foods Instant breakfast foods Sauce and gravy mixes Dry soup mixes Low-calorie sweeteners Snack foods Dextrose (Food and Drug Uses) Antibiotics Dietetic preparations Medicinal preparations and intravenous (injections, pills, tablets, drugs, etc.) Baby foods Distillation products Peanut butter Bakery products (biscuits, bread, crackers, filings, icings, pretzels, cookies, crackers, wafers, etc.) Doughnuts (cakes, yeast) Peas, canned Berries, canned and frozen Drugs (fermentation process) Pectin, fruit Beverages, carbonated Eggs, frozen or dried Pickles and pickle products Breakfast foods Fish, pickled Prepared mixes Caramel color Flavoring extracts Powders (ice cream, prepared dessert, pudding, summer drinks, powders, etc.) Cheese foods and spreads Food acids (citric, etc.) Sauces (catsup, tomato, etc.) Chewing gum Food coloring Seasoning mixes, dry Chocolate products Fruit juices Sorbitol (in candies, toothpaste, etc.) Citric acid Fruits and vegetables, canned Soups, dehydrated Citrus juices Fruits (candied, glace, frozen) Spices and mustard preparations Condensed milk Gelatin desserts Syrups (table, fountain, medicinal, etc.) Confectionery Ice cream, water ices and sherbets Vinegar Cordials, liqueurs, and brandy Infant and invalid formulas Wine Cream, frozen Jams, jellies, marmalades and preserves Xanthan Gums Dairy products Lactic acid Yeast Desserts Meat products (bacon,bologna, hams, sausage, hot dogs, mincemeat) Corn Oil, Refined (Food and Drug Uses) Carriers for vitamins and other medicinal preparations in capsule form Mayonnaise Sauces, seasonings Cooking oil Potato chips Shortening Margarine Salad dressings Soups Additional Resources For more information or corn-free products: Try www.missrobens.com for their catalog. Try www.foodallergy.org for information and membership.