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in counting sweetcorn as one of their five a day?

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ChilliJo Fri 26-Apr-13 17:43:16

So sweetcorn, lovely sweetcorn. So easy to add to a kid's meal to increase the veg quota... But really, should it be included? Does it provide any goodness? We all know it comes out the other end the same way it went in. Does any of its nutrients get absorbed? Can I legitimately count it as a veg portion?

WilsonFrickett Fri 26-Apr-13 17:46:38

It's a veg, isn't it? If Heinz Tommy soup counts, so does sweetcorn!

LadyBeagleEyes Fri 26-Apr-13 17:49:53

It does count as a 5 a day, but it's only nice slathered in hot melted butter, which kind of defeats the purpose really.

LaQueen Fri 26-Apr-13 17:50:14

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meddie Fri 26-Apr-13 17:52:10

Course it counts.

I,ve been counting bounty bars as 2 of my 5 a day for years.
(coconut is a fruit and chocolate is made out of cocoa beans, which are a veg) taadaa.
Oh don't forget the wine too (grapes are a fruit)

StuntGirl Fri 26-Apr-13 17:56:30

Course it counts. I'm chowing down on a lovely stir fry right now with lots of sweetcorn in it. Delicious!

NotDavidTennant Fri 26-Apr-13 17:59:16

What you see coming out of the other end isn't the whole sweetcorn, it's just the outer 'skin' of the kernel.

luxemburgerli Fri 26-Apr-13 18:49:56

Eh? I have never seen it coming out the other end! This calls for an inspection...

AlnwickRose Fri 26-Apr-13 18:51:56

LadyBeagleEye What's wrong with butter?

ExitPursuedByABear Fri 26-Apr-13 18:52:34

It even comes out of the dog looking intact. I refuse to believe it is just the skin.

But it is still a veg.

2tired2bewitty Fri 26-Apr-13 18:53:21

So, does popcorn count then?

MortifiedAdams Fri 26-Apr-13 18:54:34

It does count. But then I count Carrot Cake as one of my five every day

theoriginalandbestrookie Fri 26-Apr-13 18:56:04

Am I missing something - why ever would it not count?

Oh and luxemburgerli, checking how long it takes sweetcorn to make it out to the ahem other end is a good way to see how effectively your bowels are working, should be through within 12 hrs I believe.

LadyBeagleEyes Fri 26-Apr-13 19:01:35

It's unhealthy innit Exit?grin
So doesn't the unhealthy butter cancel out the goodness?
Though I love butter, there's no substitute and I couldn't eat sweetcorn without it.

exoticfruits Fri 26-Apr-13 19:12:01

Vitamin A, B3 and C and folic acid.

AmandinePoulain Fri 26-Apr-13 19:13:58

2tired I've spent much time musing over that one myself grin

trixymalixy Fri 26-Apr-13 19:15:35

Phew, I've wondered this too. I think it's technically a grain?

thebody Fri 26-Apr-13 19:19:04

Yes carrot cake and vodka( ok that's clearly not true but I like it)

We are a long time dead and on my gravestone I don't want it to say

' she had her 5 a day unless its wine'

ClaraOswald Fri 26-Apr-13 19:20:29

It's a vegetable. It counts.

ClaraOswald Fri 26-Apr-13 19:21:47

Although I am basing that on the fact it is sold from the veg section of the supermarket. Which proves nothing as JAffa cakes are sold with the biscuits confused

yousankmybattleship Fri 26-Apr-13 19:23:56

Of course it counts. Its a vegetable. Foam bananas on the other hand, not so much.

BlackholesAndRevelations Fri 26-Apr-13 19:28:43

Sweetcorn is disgusting IMO. Even more so when ds's nappy is full of the evil stuff. I can see why you'd ask that question, op.

ChilliJo Fri 26-Apr-13 19:35:03

Ok, so it seems as if I can count it. Good good.

So that brings me to my next question. Can you count it (and any other fruit/veg) you've lovingly prepared and served to your (ungrateful) little darlings if they don't actually eat any of it (the feckers)? I'm going for a definite yes on this one.

ChilliJo Fri 26-Apr-13 19:35:47

(bracket fail)

theoriginalandbestrookie Fri 26-Apr-13 19:43:26

Oh yes absolutely - if you have served them five fruit and veg during the course of the day then you have done your job as a parent ( I'd maybe give them a vitamin sweetie as well if they have rejected all of them)

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