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We should vote for reliable corn

Annette Maynard-Watson

We should vote for reliable corn

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See from His head, His hands, His feet,Sorrow and love flow mingled down!Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,Or thorns compose so rich a crown?
This verse from When I Survey The Wondrous Cross will be of key focus as I journey this week. This is necessary because during this season, voting is on the lips of many people.
However, what should also be on our lips is African History Month.
During February, African history celebrations will peak in nearly every school in Barbados. Silent doctors will also be included in these celebrations.
In fact, silent doctors like corn, cassava, yam, eddoes and sweet potatoes will take their place on various display tables. Luckily, our African ancestors left many healthy foods for use to plant and consume.
This week as you traverse the island, pay attention to those ladies and gentlemen who brave the darkness of the night to provide us with hot roasted corn.
Moreover, the country is in a voting mode and I have four strong candidates to present to you. I know that after you read these articles you will vote for them. These silent doctors are always ready to represent your interest.
The first candidate to engage your interest is corn. Corn is a very attractive and delicious silent doctor. She can be called “a rich crown”.
Corn was with us for many years and has never betrayed us. Corn remains a staple in many communities. It can be roasted or boiled and is used by housewives in, for example, teas, salads, cakes, pies, shakes and smoothies. Corn meal is a by-product of corn. I love corn meal and use it to make conkies all year round.
Corn contains many important nutrients, including carbohydrates, fibre, vitamin C, folic acid, thiamine, niacin, magnesium and phosphorus. It can be used for healing and the prevention of many health challenges.
Its anti-oxidant properties can assist with maintaining a positive immune system. It can also assist with constipation, haemorrhoids, colorectal and breast cancers and dementia. It helps maintain good vision and skin. The fibre in corn can regulate digestion.
Diabetics would also be glad to know that corn can assist in maintaining a healthy blood glucose level. Fibre that is found in corn can also assist in absorbing excess cholesterol, thus lowering the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Corn has many other benefits, about which many researchers have posted their findings online.
Finally, I implore readers to understand that corn is a very popular and nutritious silent doctor. Corn is ready to heal.    
• Annette Maynard-Watson,a teacher and herbal educator, may be contacted at [email protected] call 250-6450.
 DISCLAIMER: It is not our intention to prescribeor make specific health claims for any produts. Any attempt to diagnose and treat real illness should come under the direction of your health care professional.

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