Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Corn
Day 16

A Different Fruit A Day Personal Health Challenge

 

Corn kernels are technically fruits.

This one was a surprise to Oma - Corn kernels are technically fruits. Corn is a grain, and all grains are fruit. Corn is a healthy grain to consume. It is actually a compound of carbohydrates that is rich in vitamin C and dietary fibers, called pericarps. The kernel of the corn is a huge storehouse of a large amount of proteins and starch.

Corn will improve blood pressure, is rich in antioxidants, good for your eyes and alleviates constipation.  An ear of corn is approximately 74 calories.

GMO Warning: Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are becoming more and more prominent in today’s marketplace, so it is important to understand what they are and some of the issues they raise. A GMO plant has been genetically altered using genetic engineering techniques, and is commonly found in crops such as corn, soybeans, cotton and canola.

In general, these plants are modified to express a resistance to herbicide, which can be beneficial to farmers, allowing for less work so more crops can be harvested. As of 2006, there were 102 million hectares of GM crops worldwide, and that number has only increased, with a 10% jump from 2007 to 2008 alone. In fact, the United States alone recently neared 60 million hectacres (1).

Be sure to research the GMO Controversy so that you can make an informed decision.

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