November 10, 2004

Corn Confuses Me

What is popcorn?

And before you say "It's popped corn, dumbass", let me point out that I'm after something deeper than a mere literal definition. I know what popcorn is.

Now I want to know what it is.
As in where does it fit on the food pyramid?

My friend Tina, who was munching popcorn at the time and is therefore responsible for this thought rattling around in my head, opined it's a vegetable. Being that it's corn and all.

But popcorn? A vegetable?
That doesn't seem right.

I looked up the food pyramid. One that I found had a graphic of a little ear of corn tucked amongst the vegetables in the vegetable and fruit section of said pyramid. Confirmation that corn is indeed a vegetable on the food pyramid. Perhaps I am the only one who appreciates visual confirmation of something we all already knew.

But does that mean anything made from corn, such as popcorn, is also a vegetable? Because by that logic, there are many other foods that would be considered vegetables while at the same time cannot logically be considered vegetables. Despite being made from corn.

Like grits. And tortillas. And Fritos. And Corn Pops.

A corn dog could then be considered a well-rounded meal. Even moreso if one eats it with ketchup applied. But that's just wrong in so many ways.

Yet I just cannot escape the logic Tina applied to popcorn. It is corn. Just like you'd get off a cob or out of a can or from a frozen box of Green Giant Niblets Corn & Butter Sauce. And it tastes better with butter and salt, just like grits.

Obviously a vegetable.
Has to be.

6 comments:

Jack the blogger said...

Been real busy and haven't had a chance to visit, looks like a
I've missed a bit. The Boy has your eyes. My cousin Carol from Seattle told me once that popcorn is roughage. So it has a purpose. Also If you put hot butter on it, it can then be in the dairy group. Unless you're at the movies where it falls into the chemical group.

Eyes for Lies said...

Corn to me is simply a fat-packing carb :)

Princess Wild Cow said...

Unfortunately, I always thought corn was a vegetable. It is, however, considered a grain. That ranks it right up there with some of my other favorite foods--bread, pasta, bread, potatoes, bread, rice...all loaded with those wonderful empty calories. As far as the food pyramid goes, they can't make up their minds and I have seen it change at least three times in my lifetime. Who cares...I work hard on these hips and popcorn helps tremendously.

The Brown Cow said...

It's 3:25am and you got me thinking about corn. And I couldnt resist doing a search on it. Corn= either a fruit / grain, depending on the state it is in. Hah!Check out the links! Very insightful! :P

http://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/askasci/bot00/bot00330.htm
http://pw2.netcom.com/~rogermw/vegetable/veg3.html

Nel said...

I would consider it as a grain.

Anonymous said...

You silly goose!