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Food Snubbing: Corn and Potatoes

Friday, June 14, 2013

I want to apologize for taking so long to get to the next subject in my "Food Snubbing" blog series. Aside from my regular life of mother, wife, grandma, personal trainer, and homemaker, we've been dealing with the way-to-long installing of counters and back splash in a rather gi-normous kitchen (had no sink or counters in there for a week!), painting of said kitchen, plumbing emergencies, massive hail storm that required lots of insurance people and repairs, and trying to find a MIA ex-husband to get him to sign off so that my husband can adopt my teenage daughter. (After 5 years of virtually no contact a small miracle occurred: He was located and signed the papers! Relieved is not an adequate enough word.)

Here is a picture of the beautiful daughter who is in the process of getting, finally, after 10 years, adopted by her "Daddy", the man who has raised her since she was 6:

And here is a picture of part of our newly countered, tiled, and sinked kitchen. I am SO enjoying it! (And yes- I am bragging a little. After the process taking 5 weeks, I feel entitled to show it off!)

At any rate, much of the above is still in the process of being worked out, but there is at least a bit of a respite for me to handle the next Food Snubbing Topic: Corn and Potatoes.

I'm not really sure that the snubbing of corn is all that common. I just heard someone at a Weight Watchers meeting once say that the reason Americans are so overweight is because we eat corn. Huh? My thought was that it probably has more to do with super-sized portions and eating too much processed foods than the sole introduction of corn into our diets.

I've also heard that corn is for animal consumption, not people consumption. Er...... How many plants do animals and people both eat? Yeah.... That one falls apart pretty quickly for me.

Besides: Wasn't it the Indians who introduced corn to us? Didn't they eat it? Weren't they pretty darned healthy?

Now, let's move on to potatoes. Actually, it's not all potatoes that have a bad rap. Sweet potatoes are looked at as the Holy Grail in the potato world. White potatoes are generally seen as too high in starchy, quick-digesting carbs. Well, yes... but this is starch the way God intended it to be. We've found time and time again that when we eat stuff the way God grew it, not the way man modified it to be, it's good for us.

Also, you know how many famines potatoes saw people through? Talk to the Irish.

So my short answer on potatoes and corn? As long as they are minimally processed, I'm eatin' 'em.

The trouble with both, I believe, happens when we start to mess with them: Same problems I listed about white flour waaaaaaaaay back when I did the wheat blog. We smash 'em up and mix 'em with things like white flour or sugar or shortening (or all!), and then fry them (with corn, this is called a hushpuppy), which makes them fatty and super-high-glycemic, and NOW you have a problem on your hands.

Ever had fresh corn on the cob? Or a potato baked to perfection with just a little salt sprinkled on it? Yum-o! But when you add butter and sour cream and bacon bits and cheese and... well..... you get the point..... When you do all of these things.... heck!..... you can no longer taste the food you used as a base to pile all this junk on. Just put the goo in a bowl to eat it, and save the poor, unsuspecting, perfectly healthy potato or corn from being guilty by association.

One thing I do want to point out about both of these foods, though (as well as peas), is that the body treats them more as a starch than a veggie. So if you have potatoes or corn with your grilled chicken, you need to add at least one more veggie to your plate for a truly nutritionally balanced meal. And potatoes or corn AND a roll? THAT truly is high-carb. Just sayin'.

So, minimally mess with them: Bake, boil until JUST done, steam, shuck, and grill. Then count them as a starch and not a veggie, and you can enjoy without guilt.
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    Roasted tatties are a favorite in my house! Also, in addition to the Irish, Peruvians are also HUGE users of potatoes. I am fortunate to live in an area with tons of Peruvian restaurants, and a favorite meal is ceviche along with some kind of a potato. Those Incas knew what they were doing!

    And PS, the kitchen looks great and congrats for your daughter! :D
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    Comment edited on: 7/23/2013 11:00:43 AM
    Potatoes and corn - yep I eat those, just like my parent, grandparents and all my peasant ancestors.
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    Comment edited on: 6/18/2013 4:10:02 PM
    Congratulations on completing the adoption process for your daughter and on your beautiful kitchen. I know you will really enjoy cooking there!
    1773 days ago
  • OPTIMIST1948
    Hurrah! I love this series. Such common sense!
    (PS congrats on the girl child and the new kitchen backsplash. Both look fab - although perhaps girl child will not be excited about being compared to a back splash.)
    1773 days ago
    heard same talk about pototes etc. all starches. Even omitting all of them. man ?
    1774 days ago
    Couldn't agree more! emoticon
    1777 days ago
    Good, sensible advice on the food! Congrats on the signature from the ex for your daughter's adoption. And lovely kitchen reno!
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    Your daughter looks a lot like you! Your kitchen looks a lot like mine! I'll have to post a photo of it some time. We did it about 1-1/2 years ago. Back to corn - I've always thought about how the Irish were not fat. And they ate a lot of potatoes. Indians were not fat. They ate a lot of corn. And squash, another starchy vegetable. Both groups got enough exercise in their daily routines. We eat corn, as our neighbor grows it on a plot of land that we let him use. In turn, he tells us to take all we want. One serving of corn is 1/2 cup. My mother-in-law grows all the organic potatoes our extended family can eat. She weighs 100 pounds or less and serves potatoes at almost every meal. Again, she gets plenty of exercise in her routine. If we eat our food in a close to natural state, we won't add unnecessary calories to our diet. Again, I agree with you.
    1777 days ago
    emoticon MMM!! Think I'll have some tonite!
    1777 days ago
    There is nothing wrong with potatoes or corn for that matter. Unless they are processed then put in a box. When the Indians introduced us to the corn, it was still of good earth and soil, with no sprays and modifying. Today's world we need to look at any of it as being 100% organic, or it will not be good for us.
    It's pretty harsh and realistic these days. But grow your own and purchase from local farms, and whole foods. I did a couple of blogs on GMO's and it's eye opening, and pretty darned scary to eat anything these days. Like one Sparker said she was going to go hide under her bed, and eat ice cream. LOL

    Your kitchen and your daughter look nice (daughter cute), I would love to remodel my kitchen.
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  • MRSP90X
    Nice blogs on the food snubbing and I totaly agree!

    Lovely daughter and nice kitchen!
    1777 days ago
    Your daughter is lovely! She looks just like a "mini-you."

    Thanks for defending both corn and potatoes. DH and I eat both without apology or guilt. In fact, when I'm feeling, um, a bit irregular, corn to the rescue (sorry if that's TMI). Anyway I recall reading a news article a few years back that said in the early 1900s, corn was a reasonable source of protein, but our modification of it has turned it into more of a source of sugar. Wish I'd kept the article to know if I'm summarizing it correctly.
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