Fresh, sweet corn is one of summer's great pleasures, but in recent years, corn has gained a bad reputation. The most recent issue of Eating Well debunks five myths about corn, setting the record straight when it comes to concerns about everything from genetic modification to corn's sugar content. Bottom line: don't feel guilty about eating this summer staple. One of the most prevalent myths about corn is that most of it is genetically modified, but in actuality, only 3-4% of the sweet corn planted in the U.S. last year was GMO. ("Field corn," the crop that is processed into everything from ethanol to high-fructose corn syrup, is a different matter.) This may change, however, as this is the first summer farmers are growing Monsanto's new genetically modified sweet corn seeds, so buying certified organic corn is still the safest bet.
If calorie and sugar concerns are keeping you away from corn, Eating Well points out that "an ear of corn has about the same number of calories as an apple and less than one-fourth the sugar." And while you may have heard that corn has no nutritional benefits whatsoever, it does contain lutein and zeaxanthin, two phytochemicals associated with healthy vision, as well as a dose of dietary fiber.
Check out the article for the full list of myths and their debunking explanations.
Anjali is a former private chef who is currently pursuing a graduate degree in nutrition, with plans to become a registered dietitian. She lives in Los Angeles. You can read more of her health-focused writing at Eat Your Greens.
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