Why Steamed Corn Is Slightly More Nutritious Than Other Types Of Corn

What would summertime be without fresh corn — those sweet and juicy ears of white or yellow kernels that bring so much flavor to cookouts and get-togethers? Whether you enjoy your corn grilled inside the husk, seasoned with mayo, lime, and chili powder for Mexican-style elotes, tossed with cherry tomatoes, bell pepper, and feta cheese in a refreshing salad, or stirred into a warming chowder, you prove that there are probably as many ways to enjoy this starchy veggie as there are palates.

During cooler months, when corn is not in season, many turn to frozen corn kernels or canned corn to whip up our favorite corn recipes. Most often, frozen and canned corn don't need to be cooked and can be thawed or drained before proceeding with a recipe. Fresh corn on the cob is typically cooked, and there are many ways to do so. Among boiled, sautéed, grilled, and roasted corn, a quick steam is a healthy way to prepare this staple.

Steaming preserves nutrients better than high-heat methods

Of all the methods for cooking fresh corn on the cob come summertime, many are likely to grab a steamer pot and briefly steam the ears before slathering them in plenty of butter and salt. And as it turns out, this quick and simple method is one of the healthiest ways to enjoy corn since steaming better preserves the veggie's nutrients than higher-heat methods like boiling or roasting, according to Taste of Home.

Food Network points out that vitamins are easily destroyed by boiling water, but since steaming uses hot water only indirectly, it's a great way to get the nutritional benefits of all kinds of steamed vegetables — not just corn. The site lists broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, asparagus, artichokes, zucchini, and green beans as the best steaming choices. These vegetables are chosen because they're sturdy and won't get too mushy in the steam. Best of all, steaming is quick, so it's great for those nights when you want to sit for dinner quickly, with ears of corn taking only about five minutes to cook through (via Taste of Home).