Corn is currently the fruit of the season right now in Nigeria.
Corn is low in calories, with about 96 calories per 100g, 21g carbs, 3.4g protein, 2.4g fiber and 73% water. It is also rich in vitamins and minerals and is an excellent source of energy.
Corn is a grain crop known for its sweet taste and versatility. For instance, it can be taken boiled or roasted. Not only is the sweet and unique taste a reason to eat this food but its health benefits to the body.
Here are some of the health benefits of corn.
1. Prevents Anemia
Anemia is caused as a result of a deficiency of vitamins like vitamin B12, folic acid, and minerals such as iron in your body. The body needs iron and folate to form new red blood cells and corn is a good source of iron, with about 2.7mg of iron per 100g.
2. Aids Digestion
Corn is rich in dietary fiber (both soluble and insoluble fiber). While soluble fiber helps in blocking cholesterol absorption by turning into a gel-like consistency, insoluble fiber 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 diarrhea.
As a result of the effect of both soluble and insoluble fiber, conditions like constipation, hemorrhoids as well as colon cancer can be prevented by eating it.
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3. Healthy eyes
Corn is rich in carotenoids – lutein and zeaxanthin, which are essential antioxidants present in the retina of the eyes to prevent any damage that can result due to free radicals.
4. For managing Diabetes
For non-insulin dependent diabetes, organic fruits and vegetables like corn have proven to be effective in reducing the signs of diabetes because it contains phenolic phytochemicals.
These phytochemicals regulate the absorption and release of insulin in the body, thus reducing the chances of spikes and drops for diabetic patients and enabling them to maintain a normal lifestyle as regular consumption of this food provides energy to people suffering from diabetes without spiking blood sugar levels too much.
5. Corn is a good source of energy
Since corn is a good source of carbohydrates, it only means it is equally a good source of energy. Also, it is a complex carb, which means it gets digested at a slow pace, helping you stay fuller for a longer period. This, in turn, curbs overeating and tendencies of binge-eating.
With these numerous benefits of corn, you should definitely not let this season go by without purchasing some.