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Health Benefits of Corn

Updated on February 16, 2013

Who loves corn? I DO!!

Enjoying the benefits of corn in Thailand

Sweet corn is common here in Thailand. One can buy them off the streets at a very cheap price. They are sold steamed on the cob, off the cob or grilled. I love them to bits.

Corn, they say is a starchy food which may cause weight gain.

The health benefits of corn however, greatly outweigh this threat; so regardless of weight issues, I’ll keep on munching.

Benefits of Corn...Kernel by kernel

Fiber contributes to the many health benefits of corn. Dietary fiber supports our digestive and cardiovascular health.

As mentioned above, corn is a starchy food. It has a lot of carbohydrates in them. Corn however is a complex carbs, one of the many benefits of corn. Complex carbohydrates turn to sugar at a slower rate than simple carbs from biscuits and candies. Our blood sugar level will not suddenly spike due to merely eating corn (similar to brown rice).

In this regard, corn’s glycemic index is only 42 which is considered low. Corn is nature’s energy booster without the effects of sudden rise of your blood sugar level.

The benefits of corn also include having vitamins and minerals. Here are some of them:

  • Vitamin B1
  • Vitamin B5
  • Vitamin C (anti-oxidant)
  • Anti-oxidants which the extent of potency varies according to the specific corn color
  • Folate
  • Phosphorus
  • Manganese
  • Magnesium
  • Zinc
  • Copper
  • Iron
  • Sugar

Don’t be alarmed with corn's sugar content. Half a cup of its kernels provides us with only 3 grams of sugar; just about 75 calories; 2 grams of protein and 15 grams of carbohydrates. That's with zero cholesterol, too.

Corn is Good for Expecting Moms

The benefits of corn also include support to pregnant women.

Because of its folate content, corn helps in the development of a fetus while in its mother’s womb. Folate also helps lower our risk of heart diseases like stroke or a heart attack.

Just like in anything else, eat corn in moderation. Anything that's too much or too little is not good for our body.

Disclaimer: To enjoy these benefits of corn, be sure to eat them fresh. Corn products or corn by-products have lower to insignificant nutrition value compared to whole corns.

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      Thanks sweetie. I just had one yesterday. Yohm!

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      sweetie1 5 years ago from India

      I love eating corn. In India you can get them very cheap on any street during the season. They usually cook them on charcoal or coal and then put some salt and lemon on that and it is very tasty. Didnt know humble corn has so many benefits.. voting it up.

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      Ram Bansal 5 years ago from India

      Corn is harvested now in India. We make loaves from corn flour and eat them with green leafy vegetables. I like corn porridge too with curd-curry. Thanks for sharing your wisdom.

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      Thanks for the comment GID.

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      God is dead 5 years ago

      Thank you very much for this nice post. I will defnitely share this. Thumbs up and keep in touch (: