Corn can be eaten raw.
Young ears can be consumed raw, with the cob and silk, but as the plant matures (usually during the summer months) the cob becomes tougher and the silk dries to inedibility. By the end of thegrowing season, the kernels dry out and become difficult to chew without cooking them tender first in boiling water.
Apparently other grains can be eaten raw if they are eaten early enough - according to the wikipedia article on sprouting.
I view this as an interesting exception to paleolithic diet theory. It is likely that primitive man consumed very little corn, and I’ve posted before about how corn isn’t the healthiest food in the world.
Note : this is actually a repost from my old tumblr.
So this article said :
Grapes contain large amounts of tartaric and malic acids. Also present in grapes are other acids like succinic, fumaric, glyceric, p-coumaric and caffeic, each functioning quietly with its own wonderful healing properties.
Well I did some digging and remembering, and the first few acids are components of the krebs cycle, and can help regulate it. This article adds:
A large percentage of patients with the disorder fibromyalgia who have high amounts of tartaric acid in the urine respond favorably to treatment with malic acid (11-13)
Coumaric and Caffeic acid are antioxidants, among other things.
The linked article also said that grapes were both anti-coagulants and anti-inflammatory so I got curious about that…
This article says:
Grapes contain flavonoids which are phytonutrients that reduce blood clotting properties.
This one says
The pigments in brightly colored fruits, vegetables and berries contain many phytochemicals that have anti-inflammatory properties. One example is quercetin, which is found in apple and red onion skins and has strong anti-inflammatory properties.
I think I will add this to my list of reasons to eat fruit…I think the conventional view of fats, carbs, proteins and vitamins is so wrong - there are many things that are not on said list that are actually quite important, and just because you eat your grains or whatever else you eat that lacks a lot of these things that right now aren’t given enough credit, your body suffers. I genuinely believe that American and world diets lean too much on grains and milk and synthetic sugars, and not enough of veggies, fruits and lean meats.
Grains have some antioxidants, but the values tend to be lower than those of fruits and vegetables, and you don’t often read about grains being an anti-coagulant or something anti-inflammatory - or having lots of anti-oxidants, etc.