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Corn offers many health benefits to Kapha individuals. For one, corn contains a sizable amount of potassium. As a diuretic, potassium actually reduces water retention and thus counteracts the action of sodium in the body. Reduced water retention reduces blood pressure. A high potassium diet just may be the ideal low sodium diet. Corn is thus a boon for those with high blood pressure, especially in spring when water congestion in the body reaches a peak. The best form of corn for Kapha is popped because popcorn's dryness absorbs excess Kapha fluids in the stomach.
As the poster child for the modern industrial food complex, corn cultivation also has a dark side. Traditionally, native central Americans grew many varieties of corn side by side with vegetables from other plant families. Conversely, most corn fields are a mono-crop, depleting soils and requiring heavy use of pesticides. The inability of cultivated plants to survive without pesticide and fertilizer use is a testimony to their lack of vitality. Edible weeds
, on the other hand, bring their revitalizing life force to the table.
The conversion of corn into corn syrup
may be responsible for the obesity epidemic in American. The FDA, infilitrated by corporations such as Monsanto, gave its rubber stamp approval to genetically modified (GMO) corn. As of 2009 GMO corn comprised up to 85% of corn sown in the United States, despite ongoing controversary over potential health and environmental hazards.
Meso-Americans domesticated corn (also known as maize) in pre-historic times, spreading through much of the Americas between 1700 and 1250 BCE. While most corn stands at 8.2ft, at least one variety of corn grows to 39 feet in length.
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Corn may be eaten on or off the cob, cooked into a thick porridge, as grits, polenta or stuffed into tamales. It may be served dry as in tortillas, chips, and popcorn. It may be baked into cornbread or fermented into an alcoholic beverages. Traditionally corn, beans and squash formed the three sisters, widely cultivated by native American peoples. The three sisters, when planted together, help build fertile soil while providing a diverse nutritional profile.