You can look for the word "whole" when purchasing corn products, but some whole corn products don't mention this. Popcorn is a wonderful source of whole grain fiber, but skip the microwavable kinds that use harmful chemicals in the bags' nonstick lining. Instead, buy organic popcorn kernels and make microwave popcorn in an ordinary paper bag, or do it the old-fashioned way on the stovetop. Plus, don't rely on corn too extensively. Americans are up to their ears in corn products, and about 40 percent of the corn grown in the United States is genetically modified, created to withstand higher doses of pesticides. Some studies are starting to link GM foods to allergies and other health problems.
Published on: September 13, 2009
Updated on: July 19, 2012