Is eating Argo Corn Starch harmful to your health?


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Health Guide Info claims that excessive consumption of raw cornstarch may result in anemia, malnutrition, and intestinal blockage, making it harmful to a person's health. However, cornstarch is acceptable is small amounts for cooking and baking, according to SFGate. People with corn allergies could have negative reactions to cornstarch.

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SFGate indicates that cornstarch is low in saturated fat, sodium, and cholesterol. It is also naturally gluten-free. However, it contains very few vitamins and minerals. Consumers should select complex carbohydrates that are more nutrient-dense instead of less-healthy carbohydrates such as cornstarch.

Consumption of cornstarch in unusually large amounts is considered a form of disordered eating called amylophagia, reports Health Guide Info. This condition is sometimes associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder, autism spectrum disorder, and other developmental disabilities. It also occurs occasionally with pregnant woman. Treatment for the disorder includes addressing underlying nutritional deficiencies and/or medical conditions, and engaging in behavioral therapy.

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