Sweet sweet corn


August 28, 2014

Care of Amy Symington

Corn season is a bittersweet time of year as it indicates the end of the summer’s sunshine, but is also the first sign of Canada’s bountiful autumn harvest.  I literally do not know one person who does not love tucking into a sweet, crisp piece of “buttery” corn on the cob.  That is, unless of course you have braces, then you’ll probably prefer your corn cob-less.  No matter how you shovel it in though, you will be pleased to hear that sweet corn is not only delicious but also falls under the extremely nutritious category.

Sweet corn contains what is referred to as ferulic acid which is a type of flavonoid that has been shown to have anti-bacterial and anti-cancer properties.  Ferulic acid tends to be found in high concentration in the outer layer of the corn kernel where the insoluble fibre is located.  The levels of ferulic acid that are released tend to increase as the corn is cooked, so to reap these benefits do ensure that you cook your corn at least slightly. In addition, sweet corn is one of the best sources of dietary fibre, aiding in digestion, the absorption of vitamins and minerals, and helping you feel fuller faster and longer.  Sweet corn also contains high levels of beta-carotene, lutein and xanthins which indicates a presence of high levels of antioxidants.  Furthermore, sweet corn is a good source of the B vitamins (which are necessary in co-enzyme metabolism) as well as many important minerals like zinc, magnesium, copper, iron, and manganese.

Moreover, if you have not noticed, it must be noted that corn really is the chameleon of all vegetables.  It can take on many different roles in many different dishes and just work! From stealing the show in say a spicy corn chowder or corn bread, to topping off that perfect pulled jackfruit taco or chipotle black bean chili, it really is unquestionably a must add.  And it is particularly a must add/eat this time of year!  However, words to the wise, if you do partake in corn’s tasty tannins this fine season do ensure that you bring your floss along!


Filed under: Eat Veg elifelines Food of the Month