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Old 11-12-2007, 06:51 PM   #1
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Corn: Vegetable or Grain?

Ok, so I'm having a debate with my dad about this. Which of the 4 food groups does corn belong in..fruit/vegetables, or grain?

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Old 11-12-2007, 06:56 PM   #2
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It can be both, depending on the state it's in.

If it's on the ear, in a can or frozen, it's a vegetable.

If it's cornmeal, popcorn, dried corn, it's a grain.
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Old 11-13-2007, 12:15 PM   #3
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Hi chave, Katie is right. There is more to it than that though. Some vegetables, notably potatoes and corn (and carrots) have a lot of sugar or starch in them and should be considered as a starch when you are planning your diet. Can I ask why you are interested in this? Are you on a particular diet or have a health concern?
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Old 11-13-2007, 12:34 PM   #4
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Corn is a vegetable. Even though it looks like a grain.
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Old 11-13-2007, 01:04 PM   #5
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Hi chave, Katie is right. There is more to it than that though. Some vegetables, notably potatoes and corn (and carrots) have a lot of sugar or starch in them and should be considered as a starch when you are planning your diet. Can I ask why you are interested in this? Are you on a particular diet or have a health concern?
To be honest, I remember learning somewhere awhile ago that it was a grain, and when I tried telling my CIA grad/pro-chef father this, he told me I was wrong....so I thought I should clear it up
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Old 11-13-2007, 01:07 PM   #6
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You were wrong.
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Old 11-13-2007, 02:29 PM   #7
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You were wrong.
Well, according to Katie, it looks like we're both right, depending what state the corn is in.
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Old 11-13-2007, 02:41 PM   #8
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edible seeds or roots or stems or leaves or bulbs or tubers or nonsweet fruits of any of numerous herbaceous plant
any of various herbaceous plants cultivated for an edible part such as the fruit or the root of the beet or the leaf of spinach or the seeds of bean plants or the flower buds of broccoli or cauliflower
of the nature of or characteristic of or derived from plants; "decaying vegetable matter"
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Vegetable is a culinary term. Its definition has no scientific value and is somewhat arbitrary and subjective. All parts of herbaceous plants eaten as food by humans, whole or in part, are generally considered vegetables. ...
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vegetable
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Genetically speaking, the corn plant is a grass, which would make it a vegetable if you broke it down into animal/vegetable/mineral, but then, wheat, rice, flax, etc. are also grasses. Nutritionally speaking, corn, in any way, shape or form, is a carbohydrate, therefore it would have to be considered a grain.
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Old 11-13-2007, 03:22 PM   #10
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Well, according to Katie, it looks like we're both right, depending what state the corn is in.

Which is it in Massachusetts?
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