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Commodity corn vs. sweet corn

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Created March 03, 2012 at 1:13 AM

Is sweet corn you grow in a backyard garden as bad on the Paleo spectrum as commodity corn?

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on March 03, 2012
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Just a heads up for sweet corn eaters- Monsanto is going to have a sweet corn hybrid available for grocery retailers that is a GMO and is not labeled as such. Definitely grow your own or buy from a trusted source!! https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&site=&q=monsanto+sweet+corn+not+labeled&oq=monsanto+sweet+corn+not+labeled&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&gs_sm=3&gs_upl=454l8186l0l8315l31l31l0l2l2l0l156l2850l17.12l29l0&gs_l=hp.3...454l8186l0l8315l31l31l0l2l2l0l156l2850l17j12l29l0

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on March 03, 2012
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That's what I meant by commodity corn, corn that isn't eat but instead turned into something else that is edible. It's a raw material for some other processed food. Makes me feel a little better about choices at the dinner table.

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on March 03, 2012
at 02:34 AM

Field corn is not sweet corn. Field corn is not meant to be eaten, it's meant to be processed into something edible. That processing largely makes field corn unpaleo in my opinion. A couple ears of fresh corn converts to a paltry amount of corn meal or corn starch, unlike what one can consume eating processed corn products. It's the ability to overeat processed corn products that makes them problematic.

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on March 03, 2012
at 03:49 AM

That's what I meant by commodity corn, corn that isn't eat but instead turned into something else that is edible. It's a raw material for some other processed food. Makes me feel a little better about choices at the dinner table.

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on March 03, 2012
at 02:46 AM

I never say no to a barbequed ear of sweet corn...soooo goood...

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on March 03, 2012
at 01:32 AM

I'm assuming by "commodity corn" you are referring to GMO, mono-cropped corn. From an environmental impact perspective, backyard corn is definitely going to come off better. No (or minimal) pesticides or herbicides; no mono-cropping, destruction of environs, or depleted soil; plus you can grow a non-GMO or heirloom variety of corn if you so choose. From a health and nutrition perspective, it's a little more even- backyard corn has none of the factors mentioned above, such as chemicals from fertilizers or pesticides, but it is still a grain, and as such contains nasties like phytates and lectins. So if your heart is set on corn, I would say backyard (or at least local farmstand) is the way to go.

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on March 03, 2012
at 01:29 AM

If you are positive the seed is not GMO it could be better than 'commodity corn'. At least you will know it was grown organically in good soil without pesticides.

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