Corn!

August 20, 2009 at 8:41 am Leave a comment


Corn ears on white backgroundYay!  The corn is ready!

Who doesn’t love to see those roadside corn stands in August?!?!  You must admit that nothing is better than fresh corn on the cob.  So can you feed it to your baby?

You can introduce corn to your baby at 10 months.

Corn is in EVERYTHING these days since it is such a cheap crop to grow.  Processed food now relies heavily on corn for High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), corn starch, vegetable (or corn) oil; everything from baking powder to MSG.  If you see the generic term vegetable on a food label, you can be sure that vegetable is corn.  Just do a quick internet search or read ‘The Omnivore’s Dilemma’ to learn more about the food industry’s heavy reliance on corn and the way it has influenced politics and cultures.

Since corn is showing up in any and all processed food, many people are developing allergies to corn.  This is why it is important to not introduce corn to your child too early.  If you have an allergy to corn, you should wait until around 18 months before introducing corn to your child.

Nutritionally corn is high in folate (good for pregnant moms!), B1 and fiber, fiber, fiber.  Corn is difficult to digest and may cause constipation, so keep an eye on those diapers after you first introduce corn.  The bright yellow colour of corn indicates that it contains beta-carotene.  To help absorb this plant source of vitamin A, you should pair it with a fat – this is why fresh summer corn tastes so delicious smothered in butter!  For your little one you can add a touch of unsalted butter to help absorb those essential nutrients.

Corn is a great way to keep old babies and young toddlers busy at the table.   Here are my tips for serving corn:

  • To prepare fresh corn bring a pot of water to a boil and add the husked cobs.  Boil for 10 minutes & serve!
  • Break the cob in half before putting it in the water so it is more manageable for little hands
  • Hold the corn upright and run a sharp knife down 2 sides of the cob, cutting off the kernels.  Run the cob under cold water to cool it.  Give you baby both the cut kernels and the half cut cob to chew on.  Talk about a quiet meal!

I don’t think any fancy recipes are necessary for corn because in August

corn tastes perfect just as it is!  Enjoy!

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