To many people grains and carbs are bad and fruits and vegetables are good. But, what if I told you that one of the most widely used vegetables was not a vegetable at all?
What if I told you that corn was actually a grain and not a vegetable? Perhaps you’re much smarter than me and already knew this but, to me, this was a pretty shocking fact at the time of discovery. Why does it really even matter that corn is a grain? Well, let’s look at corn and the importance of understanding grains in our diet a little more.
Without getting too deep into the science part of it, the reason that grains are a bad thing aside from having the ability to make you break out in fat lumps around your waist, butt, and arms; they lack important Omega-3 fatty acids. On average grains are only going to possess slightly more than half of the actual nutrients that the body needs for optimal brain and body function. In today’s America, our diets are severely out of balance. We are too heavily weighted in grain. Between grain -based food products (such as high-fructose corn syrup) and grain-fed livestock we are way out of whack with the consumption of grain. Another negative side note about grains is that scientists have actually found that grains consumed in large percentages of our diet (similar to the portions that they currently are) have been linked to serious conditions such as cancer, depression, obesity, allergies, autoimmune diseases such as lupus and arthritis, diabetes, and asthma.
Hopefully, by now you are starting to understand that grains are bad, and take a guess at what the worst grain of all is? Yep, CORN!!!!! Corn has an extremely poor ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 fatty acids, it’s actually one of the worst of all the grains on earth in that regard. What they have found is that the typical American diet will consist of a ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 of 25:1 respectively (this is bad). So if Americans plan to get a true grasp on the chronic diseases that plague us then we must get a firm grasp on our diets. A healthy and desirable ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 is believed to be 1:1.
Human beings lived and ate for a much longer time on this rock in a primitive state than how we live today. For hundreds of thousands or even millions of years, humans lived mainly off of meat. Fruits and nuts were actually an infrequent delight other than what might be around in certain areas during particular times of the year. This combination of meats, fruits and nuts is what many today would call the Paleo Diet, Hunter Gather, Caveman Diet or any of the other variations. There is no coincidence that we now live in a world that is riddled with chronic diseases that our primitive ancestors most likely never knew. To a great degree we are doing it to ourselves and it starts with our diet, it is not a matter of just changing a simple thing and fixing the problem, man must learn to make better choices all-around. Learning the foods that are ideal for him is the trick, however, the trick for the sake of this short blurb is not just matching the right specific foods with others but yet finding the foods that offer the correct ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 fatty acids.
Is Corn the Magical Fruit?
Regardless of the chant that young kids learn when we try to get them to eat beans, you know “Beans, Beans, the magical fruit, the more you eat, the more you….” Yea, you know the one I’m talking about. Well, some might argue the same thing about corn, it seems that no matter how much we think we chew our food and as highly effective as our bodies can be at digestion corn can always seem to find itself into some rather….. “personal places.”
One reason why is partly simple and the other part can get fairly complex. The simple solution as to why you will probably always find corn “laying around” after consumption is that we just simply do not chew it that well. Over time we have evolved to have smaller teeth and most people do not and cannot use their wisdom teeth for chewing, this combination will always allow kernels to be swallowed whole without being chewed. But, why doesn’t our body digest kernels after they are in the stomach? Why doesn’t stomach acid dissolve the corn once it makes it to the stomach? In short, the fiber found in cellulose which the primary component that makes up the coat of the kernel is made up of sugar molecules, these molecules are chemically linked together similar to that of starch. The difference is that the digestive enzymes inside the stomach can work to break down starch as where it cannot do the same with cellulose. This is why corn kernels can pass through the stomach, digestive enzymes and intestines fully intact ready for elimination while remaining identical to when you swallowed it.
I know that this probably appears as a pretty random post but, it was actually specifically asked so we thought that we’d try and answer accordingly.
Six Reasons to Never Eat Corn Again
- Corn is NOT a Vegetable!
Corn is a very unhealthy grain because it’s the most sugary, starchy, empty grain. Corn was domesticated and cultivated by humans more than 6000 years ago in central Mexico from a plant known as teosinte. Corn was the first genetically modified food and continues to be re-engineered in ways you never imagined possible.
- Corn Can Activate an Autoimmune Disease
Even though corn doesn’t have gluten, it can be very irritating to the gut lining. This is because your body actually thinks the proteins in corn are gluten which can disturb your immune system. Additionally, corn has a high glycemic index, meaning it easily converts to sugar in the body which can cause an insulin response and can contribute to inflammation.
- Corn Can Not Be Digested
According to Health.com, humans cannot fully digest corn because it contains the fiber cellulose. The human digestive system cannot completely break down cellulose because it lacks the enzyme to do so, leading to the trouble people often have fully digesting corn.
Like all grains, corn contains prolamins, which are a class of proteins that your body can’t properly break down, thus leading to such conditions as leaky gut.
- Corn Contains Lectins
Lectins are proteins that we can’t digest. We normally digest proteins into amino acids where they are absorbed through the small intestine wall and used by your body to build cellular structures and components. However, since we can’t digest lectins, they pass through the wall of our gut undigested as complete proteins. This damages the gut and causes inflammation.
- Today’s corn is loaded with pesticides
Most of the corn being sold today is not organic, which means it is loaded with Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) insecticide and other harmful poisons.
A 2011 study out of Canada, found that Bt toxin accumulates in the human blood. Once in the blood system, Bt toxin can disrupt proper organ function and cause long-term health problems.
- 85 % of all corn is Genetically Modified
Unfortunately, some 85 percent of all corn grown in America is genetically modified. In a study published in the International Journal of Biological Sciences, analyzing the effects of genetically modified foods on mammalian health, researchers discovered that agricultural giant Monsanto’s GM corn is linked to organ damage in rats.