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6/25/13 11:51 A

It's too bad that English vocabulary is limited in this case. Other languages have different words for sweet corn and dent corn, so it's not confusing.

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6/24/13 10:51 A

No. Corn is a grain.

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6/23/13 4:35 P

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6/23/13 2:41 P

I count it as a starch, which is a good thing on the McDougall plan I follow.

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6/23/13 1:57 P

There are two kinds of corn, sweet corn and dent corn. They're genetically quite different, they're grown differently, and we use them differently. Sweet corn is the kind you eat as corn on the cob, "niblets," etc. It's a starchy vegetable like peas or potatoes. Nutritionally, I personally would count it as a veggie maybe once a week, and as a starch if I ate it more often.

Dent corn is a grain. You can't just eat it; it has to be ground into cornmeal and/or treated with alkali to make it digestible. That's what's used to make tortillas, tamales, cornbread, cornflakes, and so on. You would definitely count that as a grain/flour product. (Hominy/pozole is processed dent corn.)

There's also popcorn, which is a third different plant. It's a whole grain.

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6/23/13 1:57 P

I count it as a grain in my diet, not as a vegetable. Same with potatoes. Otherwise I end up eating 2 servings each of corn and potatoes, and not enough of the other nutritious vegetables!

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6/23/13 12:54 P

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6/23/13 12:47 P

Lemon juice on corn -- what a great idea!

Have you ever put salsa on a baked potato? It's (almost) better than butter!

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6/23/13 9:34 A

It's a vegetable! I would just stick to one serving a day though, because it is high in sugar.. Mmm I love corn on the cob! Try it with lime juice instead of butter if you want to save more calories !!

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6/23/13 9:24 A

Corn was considered a "starchy vegetable" way back when on Weight Watchers. My husband says corn is a grain, not a vegetable.

So which is it? Does it count toward five fruits/vegetables per day?


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