Corn is one of nature’s simplest, purest pleasures. Cooked to perfection and lightly buttered, it offers incredible, complex sweetness and an intoxicating texture.
But is it all that good for you?
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There are many corn myths out there that have convinced people that it’s better to just avoid it.
But here are some real truths about corn:
1. Isn’t ALL sweet corn genetically modified (GMO)?
Many people confuse the vegetable they buy to eat with “field corn,” the virtually-inedible commodity crop used to make everything from livestock feed to ethanol to high-fructose corn syrup. While most field corn is genetically modified, most of the corn at the grocery store is not. Last year, 3 to 4% of the sweet corn grown in the U.S. was genetically modified.
2. Corn is too sugary and can make you fat.
An ear of corn has about the same number of calories as an apple and less than one-fourth the sugar. In other words, it can be one of the healthier foods you eat. However, while corn by itself is healthy, some of the toppings people like to put on it aren’t. So don’t think that an ear of corn dripping in butter and covered in salt is still healthy.
3. Cooking corn makes it less nutritious.
Surprisingly, the antioxidant activity of corn, which helps protect the body from cancer and heart disease, is actually increased when corn is cooked.