Food of the Month: Corn – Friend or Foe?

Care of Amy Symington, of Late summer and early fall is prime corn picking season! But is corn good for you? Just like any other food, whole, cooked, corn is; highly processed corn is not. Corn contains high levels of the carotenoid antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, which help in protecting the body against certain  types of cancer and heart disease, as well as aid in healthy vision. Steaming or roasting is the preferred cooking method to retain these beneficial antioxidants. Corn is high in both soluble and insoluble fibre increasing gut motility and promoting healthy bacteria growth. Moreover, corn is rich in vitamin A, the B vitamins and vitamin C. Read More

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Sweet corn with avocado basil butter

Care of Amy Symington Ingredients: 6-7 cobs of sweet corn, husked, washed and roasted or grilled 1 cup basil 1 avocado 1 lime zested & juiced 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar pinch of sea salt & cayenne Directions: 1. Prepare the sweet corn. Depending on the size of the cobs, roast or grill for 10-15 minutes at 375°F or on medium heat until the kernels are tender. 2. Place all the remaining ingredients into a food processor and mix until smooth. Spread on top of the sweet corn to taste. Read More

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Sweet sweet corn

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… Read More

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