Nutrition and Labeling - what's going on with corn?

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11-08-2009, 01:58 PM
So today I realized that corn seems to have a LOT more calories than other vegetables, like lettuce or broccoli. I've been considering vegetables a "freebie" (e.g. eat as much of it as I want) as long as I don't douse them in butter or whatever. But should I be limiting how much corn I have?

I'm not a huge fan of most other veggies so I'd just like to find out if corn is actually a healthy choice or not. :?:

11-08-2009, 02:16 PM
Corn is a healthy choice as an alternative to bread, not as a "free" vegetable (On exchange diets and other diets that allow unlimited quantities of some vegetables - corn is never on the unlimited list). Potatoes (white and sweet), corn, peas, and winter squashes are also bread or starch exchanges in exchange-based diets.

Corn is actually a grain, and in exchange programs is a starch choice, rather than a veggie. Carrots, beets and peas are not as starchy/sugary as corn, but they also should be limited - not eliminated, they're all still healthy, you just have to take the calories/carbs/exchanges (depending on your food plan) into account.

11-08-2009, 05:59 PM
Yup. I remember when I was a child and corn was frequently "the vegetable side." But even mom calls it a grain/starch now.

I'm not much for piles of corn as a side anymore. I'll save that for when I can have fresh, roasted corn on the cob. But I do love just a bit in things like minestrone, chili, bean salads, and the like. It adds such a nice flavor and bit of sweetness.

11-08-2009, 06:03 PM
Thanks kaplods. :) huh, I feel silly -- I didn't know it was considered a grain at all. Knowing that helps me out.

11-08-2009, 07:33 PM
OH I KNOW! The first time I looked up the calories in corn (160 per cup?!?!) I was absolutely shocked. I still eat it though, just maybe in 1-cup portions MAX. It's quite tasty, isn't it?

11-08-2009, 08:06 PM
it's still efficient in the popped form...air-popped, it is a satisfying snack. :)