So while I was in Bangkok I also went to an amazing food store in the Siam Paragon mall. Seriously, I walked around this place like a child in a toy shop. My mouth was actually open at one point there were so many cool things. I bought The Boyfriend an apple that was the size of a large doll’s head – and that was a little one. There were some apples in there the size of cantaloupes that cost £6.00 each.
However, the thing that really caught my attention was the juice section. There were a few stalls, one doing cold-pressed blends for things like detox or energy and one full of plain juices but of exciting fruits like Gac – and, sweetcorn. Okay, of all the things I have thought of throwing in a juicer sweetcorn has never been one of them.
Guess who handed over her 39 baht (about 80p) faster than you can say crush me a kernel.
What Does Sweetcorn Juice Taste Like?
Ok so, I nearly didn’t get as far as tasting it as I admit the smell nearly put me off…apologies for the stupid statement that’s coming…
It smelt like sweetcorn.
Now I like sweetcorn but the idea of drinking it did not compute at all and the smell was compounding this idea in my brain – as such I was expecting the actual juice to be disgusting.
But it wasn’t it was really sweet and surprisingly creamy, almost like a nut milk.
I’ve done a bit of googling since and it seems corn juice is quite common in Asia and many other countries around the world.
I’d obviously just never seen it – or been able to read what it was before. Oh and if you’re a juicy type it is possible to do it yourself – before we get to that bit though, is sweetcorn juice actually healthy?
The Health Benefits of Corn
Generally, corn is healthy – assuming you don’t slather it with butter.
The yellow colour of corn is a dead giveaway that it’s packed with the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin. Abundant in green and yellow vegetables these are both good for eye health and actually help your eyes screen out harmful rays that can lead to cataracts and other forms of eye damage.
Corn is also a good source of energising B vitamins and is high in fibre.
That fibre also means that, despite its sweet taste, corn eaten directly from the cob has a low glycemic index which means it turns to sugar slowly in the body potentially avoiding sudden raises then falls in blood sugar – and energy.
However, by blending the corn as you do in sweetcorn juice you make it easier for the body to break down and speed up how fast your body breaks it down so that GI figure might go up. Canned corn has a higher GI than fresh does.
This means that corn juice isn’t quite as good for you as the fresh stuff so keep serving sizes small and keep most of your corn consumption in the form of whole kernels.
How Many Calories are In Corn?
According to The Calorie, Carb and Fat Bible (my go-to book for nutritional information) a 200g ear of corn (weighed with the cob still in) contains 132 calories and just 2.8g of fat.
How to Make Sweetcorn Juice
While traditionally it’s made by grinding the corn into a paste, if you’ve got a blender, it’s pretty easy.
You see, to make sweetcorn juice, you scrape off the kernels from one cob of corn (raw or cooked) and add some water, milk or soy (or a mix of any two) and a little dash of sugar. And put it in a blender – not juicer – and blitz it until it goes smooth.
Hmmm, maybe the reason that my juice tasted like an alt-milk was that it actually had some in it.
Also, technically, maybe I should call it a sweetcorn smoothie rather than juice as it’s blended- the benefit of blending over juicing is that you keep the fibre.
You can drink sweetcorn juice warm or chilled. It’s also possible to make it with purple corn.
To shake things up a bit you can also add vanilla or cinnamon.
See, this is why I love travelling. There’s always something new to learn. So what’s the strangest thing you’ve ever juiced? And how did it go? We’ve also tried juicing Brussels Sprouts before now – have a look here to see how that went.