This week’s Power Food is Corn! Corn can be eaten fresh, cooked, and popped. An ear or cob of corn is actually part of the flower and an individual kernel is a seed. Corn will always have an even number of rows on each cob. As well as being eaten by the cob, corn is also processed and used as a major component in many food items like cereals, peanut butter, potato chips, soups, marshmallows, ice cream, baby food, cooking oil, margarine, mayonnaise, salad dressing, and chewing gum. Corn and its by products are also found in many non-food items such as fireworks, rust preventatives, glue, paint, dyes, laundry detergent, soap, aspirin, antibiotics, paint, shoe polish, ink, cosmetics, the manufacturing of photographic film, and in the production of plastics.

Health Benefits of Corn

Corn not only provides the necessary calories for healthy, daily metabolism, but is also a rich source of vitamin A,vitamin B,vitamin E and Folate, along with many minerals. Its high folate content has a positive action on cardiovascular, and emotional health. Researchers suggest that maintaining a consistent dietary intake of folate is essential to managing metabolism and protecting long-term health.

Easy to Make Mexican Corn Cakes with Jalapeno & Lime

An easy way to work corn into your children’s diet, besides popcorn at the movies, is to have them help you make Mexican Corn Cakes with Jalapeno & Lime! Follow this recipe from Sew French for your child and you to make these delicious treats, or add your own spin to it and add some Avocados and Tomatoes!

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