Corn is aMAIZEing
Mrs. Helinda on corn!
Corny opener...I know BUT corn is a MAIZEing. You see, corn and maize are one of the same. It's the tall annual grass cultivated for its yellow edible grains called kernels…and if you hadn’t noticed…it’s everywhere this time of year with corn fields and corn stands and corn mazes.
When we think of corn what pops to mind...popcorn (ha...get it...what 'pops' into your mind)...okay popcorn among other things:
- corn on the cob
- corn chowder
- corn chips
- corn flakes
- corn dog
- corn meal
- corn bread
- corn syrup
- corn startch
- corn oil
And the list goes on and on.
So it comes as no surprise that corn is one of the most widely consumed cereal grains. Which isn't such a bad thing considering it is a good source of antioxidant carotenoids, such as lutein and zeaxanthin, and yellow (or colored) corn may promote eye health and is also a rich source of many vitamins and minerals. For this reason, moderate consumption of whole-grain corn, such as popcorn or sweet corn, may well fit into a healthy diet.
Did you catch that... MODERATE consumption of WHOLE GRAIN corn. The problem corn in it's different forms all too often finds it's way into our foods and it really is possible to have too much of a good thing.
So try and consume corn in its purest form.
I love corn on the cob...shucking the cob, cooking it, then rolling it in a bit of butter with a sprinkling of salt and pepper. Yum! And, to be honest...I'm a bit of a sucker for popcorn.
I also like to add corn to my chili, my salsa, my soups and highly recommend this corn salad from Food Network by Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa
How do you like your corn?!?