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5 Health Benefits of Corn

Corn yeah corn! One of the most loved roadside foods right here in Nigeria. Its season is upon us and if you’ve not yet had some, we believe you will after reading the many healthy benefits these vegetable possesses.

In addition to its delicious sweet taste, corn is high in fibre, low in fat and a great source of essential nutrients offering an array of health benefits given below. Although it has a high level of starch which is carbohydrates it also contains nutrients, a corn cob may even count as one of your daily servings of vegetables. They also ensure proper functioning of the brain and the nervous system.

 

Good for Digestion:

Corn is high in dietary fibre which comprises of both soluble and insoluble fibre. Soluble fibre helps in blocking cholesterol absorption by turning into a gel-like consistency whereas insoluble fibre prevents constipation and intestinal problems by promoting soft and bulky stool that can move easily through the intestines, reducing the chances of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and diarrhoea. Thus, it helps prevent digestive problems like constipation and haemorrhoids as well as colon cancer. Corn contains a higher content of insoluble fibre.

Strengthened Connective Tissue:

Connective tissue consists of bones, ligaments, tendons, muscles and cartilage. Corn contains the trace mineral manganese that strengthens the connective tissue. Corn also contains a large proportion of minerals like magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorus that are needed for healthy bones. These nutrients prevent your bones from cracking as you grow older.

 

Better Vision:

The yellow kernels of corn contain substances called carotenoids that reduce the risk of impairment of vision at the centre of your line of sight. Beta-carotene helps in producing vitamin A, thus supporting better vision. Beta-carotene is also vital for the maintenance of a healthy skin. Besides being eaten, corn can also be applied topically as corn oil which is a rich source of linoleic acid.

Heart Health:

Corn grain is high in Folate, a type of B-vitamin that is known to reduce homocysteine, an inflammatory marker attributed to heart diseases. A diet high in Folate may significantly reduce the risk of developing heart and other cardiovascular related diseases. Corn is a great source of vitamin B1, vitamin B5, vitamin C and folate

You’ll find some awesome corn recipes here: http://www.1qfoodplatter.com/category/corn-recipes/

 

 

References:

https://organicgardeningnewsandinfo.wordpress.com/2013/08/17/top-10-health-benefits-of-corn/

http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/benefits-of-corn-for-skin-hair-and-health/#gref

 

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