Like so many families, we often cook big meals on Sunday. This past weekend was no different – the plan was to make salad, ribs, bread and a vegetable. But, what vegetable? This simple question started a debate over whether corn was a vegetable or grain?
Some online research made the answer clear… corn is both a vegetable and a grain. According to http://www.livestrong.com/, fresh corn is a vegetable and an important part of a healthy diet. When corn is dried, however, it is used as a grain source. The high-fiber content of cornmeal has similar digestive health benefits as whole grain.
“Half your plate should be fruits and vegetables,” said Sheryll Clarke, Registered Dietitian with Via Christi Clinic. “Fresh corn is a starchy vegetable along with peas and potatoes. While higher in carbohydrates than other vegetables like green beans or broccoli, fresh corn can be part of a daily food plan; it provides vitamin A, fiber, and antioxidants.”
In conclusion, my family seemed satisfied with corn being both a vegetable and grain. That is until my daughter asked, “Then, is popcorn a vegetable?”