Corn is usually considered a vegetable but it is actually a grain, rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Health Benefits of Corn
1. Reduces the risk of Anemia
Corn is rich is in Vitamin B12, folic acid and iron which helps in the production of red blood cells in the body. It helps in reducing the risk of Anaemia, by supplying enough of the nutrients required to produce fresh Red blood cells.
2. Energy Enhancer
If you are an athlete or love sweating it out in the gym, then include corn in your meals more often. Corn contains complex carbohydrate which gets digested at a slower pace, which in turn provides energy for a longer duration of time. One cup of corn yields around 29 grams of carbs which not only provides physical energy but ensures proper functioning of the brain and nervous system.
4. Lowers Blood Sugar & Cholesterol Level
Sweet corn and corn oil increases the blood flow, lowers cholesterol absorption, and regulates insulin, making it an excellent choice for diabetics and cholesterol patients. According to Bangalore based Dietitian and Wellness Consultant, Dr. Sheela Krishnaswamy, “It’s rich in carbs, it’s a great source of energy. High in nutrients, corn is extremely rich in Vitamin B1, Vitamin B5, and Vitamin C, which helps in fighting diseases and generating new cells. High in fiber, corn also helps in lowering cholesterol levels in the body by reducing the levels of blood sugar in diabetics too.
3. Miracle for those underweight
Are you underweight? And finding it hard to gain weight in a healthy way? Don’t worry, corn should do the trick. It can be a healthy addition to your meals if you want to gain a few kgs.
5. Helpful during Pregnancy
It has a number of benefits during pregnancy for both mother and baby. Corn is rich in folic acid and contains zeaxanthin and pathogenic acid which reduces the risk of birth defects in baby.