Sulfites in Cornmeal

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LaPrimaContessa
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   Posted 5/29/2012 10:36 PM (GMT -6)   
My husband has a moderate to severe sulfite sensitivity.  I would like to use cornmeal in our meals - however it seems to appear on most sulfite food lists.
i am aware of how/why there are sulfites in cornstarch, corn syrup, polydex etc.  but all my research shows that corn is degermed by a dry milling process.  Can anyone shed some light on this for me?
 
Thank you for any assistance you may be able to give - this site is a gift to those of us who cook for a sulfite sensitive individual.
 
Tess

Post Edited (LaPrimaContessa) : 5/29/2012 9:45:12 PM (GMT-6)


Alcie
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   Posted 5/30/2012 11:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Contessa, welcome to the forum.
 
I wasn't aware of sulfites in corn meal, but thanks for bringing it up.  I've read labels on taco shells and corn tortillas that list sulfites - so they have at least 10 ppm.
 
On reading about corn meal processing, there are notes that there is soaking and steaming, so I suspect if you read long enough you could find sulfites in the processing.  http://www.namamillers.org/ci_products_corn_mill.html   I would at least avoid white corn meal because there could be sulfite bleaching involved.
 
I've had reactions to Planters' cashews and was told there was no sulfite bleaching or preservative, but I don't react to cheap brands.

LaPrimaContessa
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   Posted 5/30/2012 11:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Alcie for your prompt response - I might be over-reacting but this whole thing is overwhelming! Good to know someone is "out there". I'm keeping careful track of everything and maybe someday I can help someone else.

Thank you again

Tess
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