I admit, this post is a wee bit self-serving. You see, I cannot begin to tell you how many arguments I have had with my mother in law about corn. Which of course leads to arguments with my spouse about corn because Mom is always right, right? According to dear old Mom, corn IS sugar. Feeding my kids corn is the same as feeding them candy. I am not exaggerating. This Old Country Italian woman follows every single meal with fruit, but avoids corn as if it is infected with the plague.
At this point you’re probably wondering what the big deal is, I mean, it’s just a vegetable. Actually it’s only considered a vegetable when it is on the cob or in kernels. Popcorn is a grain. What is there to argue about? I’ll tell you. I was raised in the Midwest. My grandpa was a farmer who grew lots and lots of soybeans and, wait for it, CORN. Corn on the cob, frozen corn, canned corn, creamed corn, roasted corn, popcorn, you name it we ate it. Constantly. In fact, our Sunday night tradition was a Disney movie on the TV and popcorn for supper. Not for dinner, dinner is the meal you have at noon in our part of the prairie. What I’m trying to say is, I know my corn. I love my corn. Don’t freaking mess with me about corn.
Mom is really sure she’s right though. I know I have to go deeper than fond childhood memories of running through the cornfields with my sisters chasing the barn cats. Just kidding, my dad never let us near a cornfield unless we were working in the garden. It’s too easy to get lost in there!
So I turned to my computer and you will NEVER guess what I found out. Ready? Corn is nutritious. Corn is not fattening. Corn is packed with things our body needs to function well. It is a good source of both water and dietary fiber. Constipation will be a distant memory if you start adding corn to your diet on a regular basis.
That isn’t the only benefit this delicious veggie, though. Check out all the nutrients a one cup serving of corn provides: Protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Pantothenic Acid, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc, Copper, Manganese, Selenium, and 12 grams of dietary fiber. Wow. I just thought it was mildly flavored and easily accessible. I had no idea that a cup of corn would give me 25 percent of my recommended daily allowance (RDA) of Iron, or 31 percent of the RDA of Protein.
One word of caution, if you SWEAR not to tell my Mom. The last thing that woman needs is more ammunition! Unfortunately, a lot of the corn on the market in the USA has been genetically modified (GMO) to be resistant to weeds and insects. There have not been many studies to determine if these modifications are harmless to humans. In my opinion, it is always better to be on the safe side and buy organic whenever possible. Certified Organic Farmers are not allowed to knowingly plant GMO seeds.
So, there you have it. My mom is wrong about corn. Thank God we got that settled, once and for all.