Corn really gets a bad rap. Many times, health-conscious consumers shun this poor veggie thinking that it's too high in sugar and will cause weight gain.
Though there are more than a few misconceptions in that statement, and notwithstanding the fact that corn is overused in our food system, the fact that corn is devoid of nutrients is completely wrong.
These golden kernels, scientifically known as maize (Zea mays), are actually packed with antioxidants when eaten in the whole food form like straight from the cob. Yellow corn has zeaxanthins, lutein, and carotenoids and phytonutrients that help protect the eyes against harmful UV light.
This vegetable also has digestive benefits. Corn is high in soluble fiber, which supports the growth of our friendly gut bacteria. The bacteria break corn down into short chain fatty acids (SCFAs), which are the only energy source our gastrointestinal cells use for energy. Keeping your gut cells happy and healthy means that you'll digest and absorb food better.
By the way, did you know that the average corn on the cob has 800 kernels in about 14 rows? So, if you're looking for a way to enjoy fresh corn off the cob, try this quick and easy recipe that's lightly spiced and will add zing to any meal:
- 4 corn on the cob, husk and hair removed, and kernels cut off the cob
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1. Cut corn off the cob into a medium sized bowl.
2. Mix in the olive oil and spices, toss to coat.
3. Microwave for 2-3 minutes.
And that's it! Enjoy!