King Corn

King Corn

A sweet corn cob dripping in butter with a pinch of sea salt used to be my idea of a good time… that was until recently when I learnt that in actual fact corns not healthy or even a vegetable? Feeling betrayed by this little known fact I decided to dig a little deeper.

It turns out corn is actually a grain produced by an annual grass plant similar to grains from wheat, oats, barley, rice, etc. and is the most sugary, starchy, empty grain there is. It has the worst fatty acid profile (high Omega 6 / Omega 3 ratio) of all grains (which promote many cardiovascular, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases). Corn is also a popular fungal host to 22 different fungi including Aspergillus (a fungi that puts out body debilitating mycotoxins that can literally kill animals and people).

Cheap to produce, corn is in everything and I’m not just talking about the obvious stuff like corn chips, popcorn, corn flakes etc. It can be found in around a quarter of the 45,000 items in the average supermarket often in the form of high-fructose corn syrup. Here’s a short list of some more food additives that often come from corn: Baking powder, Calcium lactate, Calcium stearate, Sugar, Dextrin, Dextrose, Glucose, Glycerine, Lactic acid, Lecithin, Acid, Malt, Maltodextrin, MSG, Potassium gluconate, Sodium, Magnesium, Calcium- or Potassium-fumarate, Alpha-Tocopherol (vitamin E), Sorbitol, Starch, Sucrose, Vanilla Extract.

What about corn-fed meat?

I never buy corn-fed chicken or beef and personally don’t think it should be sold. Cows do not naturally eat corn, they eat grass so it’s not surprising that corn-fed meat is nutritionally inferior. 65% of the calories in beef from corn-fed cows come from fat. Steak from a corn-fed cow has nearly 9 times more saturated fat than steak from a grass-fed one. Growing a cow used to take 4-5 years; now it only takes 14 months with a diet of just corn – pretty scary right? This acidic corn-based diet wreaks havoc on the cow’s digestive system and is usually offset with frequent dosing of antibiotics to counteract bacterial infections the diet will indefinitely cause.

Make up your own mind but I do recommend avoiding corn-fed meat for a start – it’s just not healthy meat. And if you are going to have that sweet corn cob then go easy on it now you know its real nutritional profile.

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New Zealand based Nature Bee was born in 1997 when Jeff and Ben Cook joined forces. The father / son team discovered a special process developed by Canterbury University, still considered to be ground breaking today, that unlocks the nutrients of bee pollen, making it far more digestible than normal bee pollen. This proprietary process was later to be named the ‘potentiation process' and is continually used only by Nature Bee on their New Zealand bee pollen. Nature Bee is now available in almost every country in the world.

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