It’s that time of year when my dear cousin, Roger, aka Mr. Corn, and his wife Barb, come to Indiana for a visit. They now live in Florida, where sweet corn is not optimal.
Nothing beats Midwestern corn in August. It is truly amazing.
Even though it doesn’t need salt and butter, as Roger says, the corn is a vehicle for both.
Earlier this week, Mr. Corn and Mr. Non-Compliant had a corn eating duel. The two of them took down at least 11 of the 18 ears, plus sausage and farm fresh tomatoes.
Summer eating at its best.
Yes, I enjoyed a few ears too.
Corn is one of the most popular cereal grains and is primarily composed of carbohydrates. It also has a fair amount of fiber, mostly insoluble meaning it does not dissolve in water and is left intact and undigested.
Corn is a high-antioxidant food (a good thing), and is a source of protein, vitamin C, certain B vitamins, potassium, and magnesium.
Because it is a complex carbohydrate food that is also high in fiber, it supports steady energy levels, and ranks low or medium on the glycemic index scale.
It is naturally gluten free and can be a good substitute for wheat or other gluten-containing foods.
Sweet corn, the kind we usually eat whole, off the cob, is mostly non-GMO corn.
Field corn, the kind used to make corn oil, high fructose corn syrup, livestock feed, and many chemical ingredients that are added to packaged, processed foods, is usually genetically modified.
When purchasing corn tortillas or other corn products, look for “non-GMO” on the label.
Does Eating Organic Really Matter?
While shopping this week, I heard the woman next to me (Heather) wondering aloud if the meat that was labeled organic was really organic.
She stated that she felt very confused about food, and although she knew she needed to make some changes, she really didn’t know how to begin.
As luck would have it, I was the person who overheard her comments.
I choose organic products often. While it is impossible to completely avoid all chemicals in the air, food, water, and other products, every little bit helps.
Some produce items are more laden with pesticides than others. To review, check out my blog from June with the Dirty Dozen list: https://inkwellcoaching.com/2022/06/02/in-celebration-of-june-and-the-dirty-dozen/
Animal products may contain hormones, steroids, and/or antibiotics, so I look for those that are free of those extra ingredients.
As I told Heather, our health journey is not one of perfection, but of doing just a little bit better.
Have questions? Confused about how to get back on track? Shoot me an email and we’ll create a plan that best suits you.
Health Coach Carol
“Up in Indiana where the tall corn grows / I do a little thinkin` bout a girl named Rose / Hair blonde as hay and long as a rope / Up in Indiana where the tall corn grows” – Lyle Lovett