Corn Please!July 11, 2016
A few of the Midwest states including Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska are known as the “Corn Belt”. A food that is entirely associated with America and peaking in season this month! Although corn gets a bad wrap because of it’s multi-use in processed products like high fructose corn syrup and corn oil, an ear of sweet corn is a whole different ball game.
Although a starchy vegetable (higher in carbohydrates than other veggies), 1 ear of corn has about 100 calories: 20 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein and less than 1 gram of fat!
Sweet corn also has high levels of antioxidants called lutein and zeaxanthin, which can help reduce blood pressure and general inflammatory markers that can lead to chronic disease. The fiber in corn is also beneficial for digestive health and promotes healthy cholesterol levels. Corn is also naturally Gluten Free and low in fat. It’s also high in minerals including potassium and manganese that many Americans don’t get enough of. It also has various B vitamins, important for your metabolism!
Corn is a low cost food that you can find at any grocery store this time of year. It’s also a great way to support your local farms and agriculture. When shopping, look for corn husks that are bright green and are not dried out. Feel free to pull back on the husk to get a look at the kernals. Buying corn with the husk on will help keep the top notch flavor. Try grilling it, serving it over a salad or making a corn and bean dip for your next Dinner party!