A Corn-y QuestionTuesday, December 21, 2010
Answer: No, you don’t need to avoid fresh corn. Many folks are worried because they’ve heard that corn is too high in sugar. They’re also concerned because of the buzz surrounding high fructose corn syrup (HFCS)—though the natural sugar found in fresh corn is not the same as the processed high fructose corn syrup.
One fresh ear of corn contains about 60 calories and is free of fat and cholesterol. It’s also a wonderful source of fiber, vitamin C, thiamin and vitamin B6. With such a strong nutritional profile, adding a moderate amount of corn to your meal can be part of a healthy diet.
Corn also contains the antioxidant lutein, which has been shown to help protect against heart disease and impacts the health of the eyes and skin.
Canned and Frozen
Fresh corn is in season from May through September, but don’t count out canned and frozen. Canned corn lasts for up to 2 years, just be careful of the sodium– low sodium varieties are available. Frozen corn lasts for several months (check the use by date), stock up if you have the freezer room.
Simple Ideas for Using Corn
- Add kernels to soups and salads
- Serve up corn-on-the-cob as an easy to handle kiddie snack
- Whip up a quick black beans and corn salsa
- Add cooked corn kernels to guacamole for an extra zing
- Sauté cooked corn kernels with red peppers and onions