A highlight of every summer in New Jersey is the most delicious corn on
the cob in the world. I'm a little biased, being a New Jersey native
all of my live. We call it simply "Jersey Corn".
Corn is used
in so very many ways, that it has become a food that many are allergic
or sensitive to. It is also one of the foods that is more likely than
others to contain genetically modified organisms (GMO's).
Genetically modified corn, in layman's terms, is modified by adding organisms into it that will resist
particular weed killers. Then when those weed killers are used in
farming, the corn lives and the weeds die...Monsanto is very involved in
promoting this approach to farming. The GMO problem does not just exist with corn, but that is our focus in this post.
You can read more about it and get
a free list of foods that contain GMO's at this link. This is why I do my best to buy organic corn or local where I can question the farmer. The price is a little more when you buy organic, but it's worth it.
Corn that is organically grown and not genetically modified is a
wonderful whole grain food that is a good source of vitamin B1, Vitamin B5,
folate, fiber, vitamin C, Phosphorous, Manganese and a nutrient called
to preventing birth defects, Folate can also help to lower your risk of heart attack, stroke and peripheral vascular disease. It has been estimated
that consumption of 100% of the daily value of folate would, by itself, reduce
the number of heart attacks suffered by Americans each year by 10%. Folate-rich
diets are also associated with a reduced risk of colon cancer.
foods rich in beta-cryptoxanthin, an orange-red carotenoid found in high
amounts in corn, may significantly lower one's risk of developing lung cancer.
A study published in the September, 2003 issue of Cancer Epidemiology,
Biomarkers and Prevention reviewed dietary and lifestyle data collected from
over 63,000 adults in Shanghai, China, who were followed for 8 years. Those
eating the most crytpoxanthin-rich foods showed a 27% reduction in lung cancer
risk. When current smokers were evaluated, those who were also in the group
consuming the most cryptoxanthin-rich foods were found to have a 37% lower risk
of lung cancer compared to smokers who ate the least of these health-protective
Corn is also
a good source of Thiamin which is a nutrient essential to good brain cell
health and mental function. The brain uses Thiamin to make a
neurotransmitter called acetylcholine which is essential for good memory.
In addition, maintaining healthy acetylcholine levels may help to reduce the
risk of Alzheimer's disease.
at the 2004 American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) International
Conference on Food, Nutrition and Cancer, by Rui Hai Liu, M.D., Ph.D., and his
colleagues at Cornell University shows that whole grains, such as corn, contain
many powerful phytonutrients whose activity has gone unrecognized because
common research methods have overlooked them. Dr. Liu's team
measured the antioxidant activity of various foods, assigning each a rating
based on a formula. Broccoli measured 80, Spinach 81, Apples 98, Bananas 65, but Corn topped them all measuring a whopping 181.
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