Posted on July 18, 2013
Few foods conjure images of summertime more than sweet corn. DE-LI-CIOUS and so good for you, when it's organic, non-GMO and locally grown, of course. Corn is the most widely grown crop in North America, with 332 metric tons grown in the US alone! Field corn, which is different than sweet corn, is what's typically genetically modified to be used in making High Fructose Corn Syrup and in animal feed. Nearly half of the corn yield is used to produce ethanol and unfortunately, since 2009, about 85% of corn grown has been genetically modified to survive being sprayed with pesticides or emit their own bug killing pesticides. This is not the corn I recommend eating. The potential dangers are too outrageous, unthinkable and not worth the risk.
So here's the good part. When sweet corn is organically grown and not geneticially engineered, an ear of corn is about equal to an apple calorie-wise, has almost as much fiber and less than 1/4 the sugar? It tastes like candy already so we don't even need the added salt and butter :)
Most veggies' vitamin content is strongest and most vital when raw. However, the antioxidant activity of corn is actually increased when it's cooked. That means cooked corn on the cob or niblets frozen or from a can will help to protect your body from cancer and heart disease. Sweet corn is also loaded with lutein and zeaxanthin which are two phytochemicals that promote healthy vision.
From their ears to your eyes, get your hands on some organic, non-GMO sweet corn and get it into your belly :)
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