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The sweetest corn I’ve ever known

July 29, 2015
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

In a 2007 interview for CNN, plant biologist Todd Dawson of University of California at Berkeley said Americans are "like corn chips walking." Dawson had developed a tool whereby he could test a strand of hair and tell how much corn was in the person's diet.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta's result was 69 percent.

I don't think of myself as eating that much corn. I certainly love the season of fresh sweet corn, bringing home a pile of fresh-picked ears bought from the back of someone's truck. My favorite way to prepare them is to open the husks enough to slather the kernels in butter, salt and pepper, then close them up again, wrap them in foil, and roast in the oven or on the fire or grill outside. Boiling is also okay. Popcorn is a staple snack in our house popped from kernels over the stove, though. None of that microwave stuff at our house.

I almost never buy corn from a can, packed in water, nor bags of frozen corn. If we're having a non-fresh vegetable side, we go more for the green in broccoli or green beans.

According to Dawson, though, corn is hidden in the form of corn syrup. "Foods like ketchup, salad dressing, soda, cookies and chips all contain corn, usually high fructose corn syrup," he said.

That's not to say HFCS is the only cause of the rising rates of obesity and diabetes. We're eating too much of all kinds of sugar, according to researchers.

Sugar isn't bad in moderation. Corn isn't bad, though it should be thought of more as a carb than as a vegetable. What we need is moderation.

Having made things a little heavy, I think it's time to move on to corny jokes. Corny puns were a staple of my Granddad, F.E. Ainsworth.

"I see," said the blind man, as he picked up his hammer and saw.

The sheepdog said to the shepherd, "All 30 sheep are ready, master."

"But I only count 26," the shepherd said.

"I know. I rounded them up," the sheep dog laughed.

I saw a cute stranger in the bakery. I hope our paths will croissant again.

The abandoned train west of town I'm curious about it. Who would let it just sit and rust like that. I'm sure there's a crazy story behind it. You know a loco-motive.

For Sale: Parachute. Only used once; never opened.

Some people feel the raindrops; others just get wet.



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