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Corn Everywhere: We All Live In Iowa

I just read something fascinating. It’s a fact cited in a book called Omnivore’s Dilemma, by a writer and journalism professor named Michael Pollan.

The startling fact is this: Corn is everywhere in our diets, much more than you might have imagined. If Pollan is to be believed, corn accounts for 13 of the 38 ingredients in a McDonald’s Chicken McNugget. Of the 45,000 items carried by a typical supermarket, more than a quarter contain corn in some form.

Pollan happens to reckon that corn’s dietary omnipresence is not a excellent thing. I am somewhat sympathetic to that view, especially if you count the fact that corn syrup that is used to flavor so much of our food and drink. Some experts place most of the blame for the growing obesity problem squarely on corn syrup.

Pollan further notes that each bushel of corn that is grown requires the use of as much as one-third of a gallon of oil in energy. Some of the oil used in growing corn evaporates and contributes to acid rain, while some of it seeps into the water supply. Thus, the widespread use of corn has environmental and energy consequences.

As far as our diets, though, I for one have to admit that I am an unrepentant fan of corn. There is nothing as tasty as an ear of sweet corn eat roasted on the grill and dripping with hot butter. And what would I do without my corn tortillas, used in so many Mexican food dishes?

Nonetheless, I’ll be the first to admit that an overabundance of corn at the table is not a excellent thought, especially if it is crowding out other components of a balanced diet. As tasty and versatile as corn can be, it lacks a number of crucial nutrients that our bodies need for optimal health. In times and places where people ate nearly nothing but corn, even if it was plentiful, they generally were malnourished.

My advice: If you delight in corn, don’t feel guilty about continuing to eat it or to serve it to your family. But do start noticing how much corn you are getting in your diet. Read marks! The, if it seems prudent, find ways to cut back on the total amount of corn products that you consume.

Sarah Sandori is the food and entertaining columnist for the solid-gold.info/index.html Solid Gold Info Writers Consortium. Have you ever wanted to be able to exactly duplicate a favorite dish from a favorite restaurant? Check out Sarah’s article where she reveals her source for the most mouth-watering secret restaurant recipes in America: solid-gold.info/most-wanted-recipes.html solid-gold.info/most-wanted-recipes.html

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