I saw a recipe for a Summer Salad that said to sprinkle raw corn on top for a "crunch" effect - I've never eaten raw corn and was wondering if it was safe. I'm guessing hard to digest at the least....
Unless you have an allergy to corn, raw corn is safe to eat; it might pass through you with vigor (especially if you don't chew it thoroughly before swallowing it), but it won't hurt you.
I like tucking into a cob when I pick mine out of the garden. There is nothing better than a cob of silvequeen for a light snack when you are out in the garden picking veggies.
Yes! You can even eat feed corn (ie. the stuff grown to feed cattle), it is just more starchy than the 'sweet' corn we humans seem to prefer.
If your area has an issue with wild pigs or a large number of deer wandering through croplands and gardens, uncooked vegetables may be unsafe. Otherwise, it should be fine, and depending on the variety of sweet corn, downright delicious.
Corn is normally processed by soaking it in alkali-water, a process called Nixtamalization
The known benefits of this process are increased nutritional value and drastic reduction of mycotoxins if these are present.
I personally would discourage eating raw corn just to be safe. But there are currently no other known factors than the ones mentioned above.
Of course it's safe to eat, in fact it tastes a whole lot better than cooked!!!
protected by rumtscho♦ Mar 4 '15 at 20:00
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