Corn is one of the staple foods in almost every culture. It is consumed in powder, flour, baked, roasted and even in its raw form. However, there’s a lot of debate over whether it is good for you. To help you feel a little less guilty about consuming the delicious grain we’ve compiled a list of six health benefits of corn.
Corn contains complex carbohydrates. These tend to break down at a slower pace and therefore, provide energy for a longer period of time. Eating complex carbs is not just a source of energy but also ensure the proper functioning of the brain and nervous system.
As corn is rich in vitamin B12 and iron, it encourages the production of red blood cells. Increased red blood cells are favoured as they help circulate more nutrients around the body and also help avoid anaemia.
Consuming resistant starch contained in corn can help reduce glucose and insulin response, resulting in lower blood sugar. Furthermore, as corn is high in fibre it helps reduce cholesterol levels and can help improve digestive health over time.
Corn also contains Lutein and Zeaxanthin, which are macular pigments contained in the retina. Therefore, consuming corn can prove very good for your eyesight.
The grain also contains resistant starch. This is particularly good for those attempting to lose weight as it helps in diluting the energy density and creating a lesser appetite.
In its natural form corn is gluten free. Therefore, those who are gluten-averse, for medical reasons or otherwise, can consume corn and corn flour in without any worries.
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