The Poop on Corn

Roastin' Ears-- serve with salt and butter!

Roastin' Ears-- serve with salt and butter!

A most interesting article, Think More Kindly of Corn; What It Lacks in Nutrition, It Makes Up on Cleanup , was published in Washington Post’s Eat, Drink and Be Healthy column by Jennifer Huget. We know that corn does not digest well for many and these folks are fed up with corn. If you have a intestinal discomfort from eating corn, there are soaking methods (with canning lime and water) to increase nutrient absorption and make it more digestible. This can help.

Janet talks about the nutrients in corn, but I wanted to point out some of the good work of the outer hull does for the gut. Here is the extract:

In any case, providing nutrients isn’t really corn’s strong suit. Though eaten as a vegetable, corn agriculturally is considered a whole grain — and we all know we need more of them, right? When we think about adding more whole grains to our diet, we tend to think about wheat. But corn is a perfectly legit whole grain that does an admirable job of performing the tasks expected of all whole grains.

Corn is composed of both soluble and insoluble fiber. The soluble fiber becomes gellike when wet, and it binds to undesirable matter such as cholesterol and escorts it out of our bodies. It also slows the absorption of dietary fat.

Insoluble fiber, which our bodies can’t digest, scrapes the sludge out of our gastrointestinal tracts. Those big kernels are like snowplows, scooping stuff up as they move through your intestines. When the kernels leave your body, so does a lot of material your body doesn’t need.

The author does make an understandable but serious error:

“Of course, if you use corn mostly as a vehicle for butter and salt, its nutrients may be outweighed by saturated fat and sodium, neither of which does your cardiovascular system any favors.”

The butter may be the very best part for you. Butter is better than margarine; more so than just taste, but for its unusual nutrients that are heart healthy. Margarine has dangerous oxicholesterols and unsaturated fats, the ones that clog vessels. See 20 Reasons Why Butter is Better. And salt is essential to life and our cells. Without some salt, you die. The worn-out mantra to avoid salt is way overblown– although some with circulatory problems and edema should limit its use by avoiding all the high-salt foods. But even for these folks, I think avoiding salt at the table is going overboard.

Then Janet talks about the poop.

Pickin’ ears anyone?

Read the entire article: Think More Kindly of Corn; What It Lacks in Nutrition, It Makes Up on Cleanup

Select your fresh, picked-the-same-day corn from local farmers; the better ones know the best varieties. Find the naturally grown growers, ya know the ones that use manure etc. Buy it by the bushel if you want to cut it off the cob and freeze it for year round eating. For an extra treat, grind some sea salt on it and some fresh-ground pepper.


7 responses to “The Poop on Corn

  1. Very interesting and informative article!
    My wife and are enjoying the summer corn on the cob and cream style.

    Don’t know how heathly the cream style corn is, however, our kids and grandkids enjoy it.

    Whole food is making a comeback starting with the recent St Louis “Buycot” at Whole Food stores.

    Looking for a natural cure for my wife’s THROMBOCYTOSIS M SURG diagnosis to get her off of Chemo medicine Hydroxceria to keep her Red Blood Platlets count down.

    Any help would be much appreciated!

    Bud Keim, Engineer
    Canton City Health Dept.

  2. Cholesterol is not “undesirable.” We’d be dead without it.

  3. Regarding the fiber components of corn as well as all whole feeling is we don’t need a whole lot. we need bacteria for our systems to flourish. Have you read the Fiber Menace? –self-explanatory title but he get’s into the physiology of what goes on when we eat “heart healthy” fiberous foods.

    Also have you read any of Aajonus Vonderplanitz’s books? Just another perspective to consider. It explains how people stayed so healthy before agriculture (grains, beans, etc).

  4. I concur with the last comment. You can also read “Primal Mind, Primal Body “by Nora Gedgaudas, about health before agriculture. Also watch the DVD by Tom McNaughton called “Fat Head.
    There is another school of thought based on good science. Please investigate.

  5. I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with corn. My first garden was when my mom made me plant hominy. I’d never seen trees as big as that corn was. Or so it seemed. Even bigger then the field corn that my grandmother and I would pick young when it could be boiled. Since, I have always preferred corn shell tacos to flour tortillas and. Then I discovered Posole. Ok, It was Gallup, NM and the car needed a fuel pump or something. The tripe was a bit much. But it was a wonderful soup.
    So Now I wonder. How much of this stuff could be grown and sold locally to the Latino stores and mobile restaurants in Columbus? I appreciate their loss of farming in their own countries because of NAFTA. But wouldn’t we all be better off to localize these products and paying the work force that currently works under slave labor conditions to provide it?

  6. Bud, are you sure the diagnosis isn’t “s/p surg” instead of “m surg”? If she recently had surgery, it would be s/p surg, meaning after surgery. But then again, hydroxyurea is usually used to treat symptomatic ESSENTIAL (meaning no known cause) thrombocytosis.

    How high are the platelets? If she has/had symptoms, what are they? Was it simply diagnosed through blood work, with no symptoms present? If indeed it was caused from a primary disease or condition such as surgery, it also should resolve on its own.

    You could try vitamin E, the d-alpha tocopherol, NOT d,l which is synthetic. Or low dose aspirin. If the cause of the disease is autoimmune, it could be the result of food allergies (undiagnosed). Gluten is an all-too-common culprit behind many “autoimmune” diseases.

    Try looking at…the articles there are full of information and the general philosophy is that we shouldn’t eat anything that was made in a factory. If you have any more info re the diagnosis, or questions, you could email me at

  7. Thanks Dave! I enjoyed the article. As soon as I can find some corn that Monsanto didn’t have anything to do with, I will certainly snatch it up. I’m a big fan of corn and so is Rene. God bless you my friend!

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