Nutrition of Corn

This page talks about the nutrition of corn.  It also talks about the different types of corn.

1 six inch ear of corn (about 1/2 cup) has about:

  • 75 calories
  • 15 grams carbohydrate
  • 2 grams protein
  • 1 grams fat
  • 2 grams fiber

Corn calories are a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, folate, phosphorus, manganese, vitamin B1, and vitamin B5.

Corn also known as Mazie is a large grain plant first domesticated by indigenous peoples in Mexico about 10,000 years ago. The six major types of corn are dent corn, flint corn, pod corn, popcorn, flour corn, and sweet corn.

The leafy stalk of the plant produces separate pollen or ears, which are fruits, yielding kernels. Maize kernels are often used in cooking as a starch.

Most stalks of corn produce one ear.  One ear is about 75 calories.

The stalk of corn produces a tassel.  The corn ear produces a silk.  Pollen from the tassel hits the silk and produces the kernels.  For this reason it is best to plant the corn in groups rather than a single row.

Dent corn is what is used to make corn mean which is then used to make corn tortillas and various other things.  It is also the corn that is dried and fed to animals.

It is also the one most likely to be used as a GMO.

Flint corn is used to make hominy and because of its colors it is often used as an ornamental.

Pod corn is where they say corn came from.

Popcorn is used to make popcorn. 

Flour corn is used for many things--baking bread and the same uses as corn meal.

Sweet corn is used for eating.  It can be taken off the cob and frozen or cooked and eaten.  It can be left on the cob and frozen, grilled and boiled to be eaten.  There are many ways to eat sweet corn.

There are different types of sweet corn to include enhanced which has a real sweet taste but most of these are hybrids.

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