Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis smiling in front of a dense cornfield

Eating Challenge

Inspired by the KING CORN filmmakers' attempt to not eat anything touched by corn for an entire month, members of the Independent Lens Web team decided to take a slightly less insane approach and try to not eat any corn or products with corn in them for a week. How did we fare? Hmm. We were mostly successful, but darn those additives! We are all in agreement that it is ridiculous how restrictive your diet must be to exclude everything corn from it. Dairy? No! How about soy cheese? Not necessarily! Bread? Tortillas? No! Meat? Only wild-caught fish for us! A beer... please?! NO!

Check out our experiences and then see if you think YOU can keep corn out of your diet. No need to go crazy and do it for a week or month, but we challenge you to try it for just one day. Read labels, check out a list of ingredients of additives and products that contain corn, do a little research and see if you can keep corn out of your life for 24 hours. Then tell us how you did! We bet that if you try it, you'll be forever convinced that corn truly is king.


Jen
Jen
"By the third day, I was getting angry at how few choices there were of things I could eat, and by the last day the anger had combined with light-headedness and general spaciness due to lack of a variety in diet. Not the best."

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Shannon
Shannon
"I think the things I missed the most were: cheeses, beer, eggs, beer, chicken, bread, and beer. I also missed the freedom of eating things I thought were healthful but not having to read the label."

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Wendy
Wendy
“What’s the first thing you’re gonna eat when you get out of corn jail?”

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