End your summer right by indulging in some quick tasty grilled corn! But before you do you must know how to pick corn - they are not all created equal!
Corn is a gulten free, whole grain
used in many dishes because of its ability to be so diverse. It's a starchy vegetable so it's a carbohdyrate providing nutrients such as fiber, folate, magnesium, vitamin C and even protein.
Corn is a staple for many households, it's also one of the most widely pesticide-sprayed food in the U.S.
Pesticides such as Chlorpyrifos damage the nervous system of insects. There have been reports that developing children's nervous systems are also affected.
"The researchers found that when children were exposed in the womb, they tended to be smaller, have poorer reflexes, and show higher risks of having ADHD and other developmental disorders years after being exposed. Another team of researchers in Berkeley made similar findings.Since then, peer-reviewed publications have provided strong evidence for the neurodevelopmental toxicity of chlorpyrifos (1)."
At 360Girls&Women© we're on a mission to improve your well-being, one of those means is via reducing your toxic load.
We know how it plays a role not just in your reproductive and hormone health but also in your overall health. Whether it's food, beauty and personal products, athletic wear or the enviroment many of us have a choice on what we bring into our homes. Chlorpyrifos is just one of the many examples of pesticides allowed in our food. What's our recommendation? chose organically grown corn - free of pesticides. According to an article from Harvard University, "The controversy around chlorpyrifos is just one example of how pesticides and other toxic chemicals are regulated in this country. More than 34,000 pesticides that are derived from about 600 basic chemicals are registered by the EPA for use in this country" (1).
Whether it's friends, family or clients I commonly get a question like this asked about corn: "Corn is not a good food to eat right ? Because you can't digest it, that's why you see it fully intacted in the toilet.."
Despite what you have heard, we do digest corn, technically. So the nutrients in corn get used by our cells but the fiber is not digested by us - humans, it's actually used as fuel for the good gut bacteria. The more fiber consumed the better the diversity- all because of these good bacteria. Digestion starts in the mouth so if you don't chew your food well or if you have underlying digestive issues you're going to see your food somewhat intacted from the other end.
Savory Grilled Corn Recipe
2 uncooked corn on the cob
1/2 sprig of scallion
2 tbsp Cindy's Kitchen Vegan Avocado Ranch dip
2 tbsp homemade guacamole (1 large avocado, 1/2 lime juiced, 1/4 cup diced tomaotes + onions, salt to taste) or store brought guacamole.
2-4 tbsp shredded cheddar cheese - I used a vegan store brand
Red sauce - mild hot sauce or catchup
Grill the raw corn until soft with still a bit of crunch - a good 15-20 minute covered on the grill usually is ideal. Set it aside and let it cool after cooking.
On one corn cob add the ranch dip then sprinkle the diced scallion on top. On the other corn add the guacaomole and squirt the red sauce across the corn in a zig-zag motion.
Finally sprinkle the cheese on top.
This recipe is very kid friendly
so bring your daughter in the kitchen and have her add the toppings! Take a bite, and enjoy! Let me know in the comments if you tried the recipe.
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The Most Widely Used Pesticide One Year Later. Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Science.