Corn is also known as Maize, the kernels or seeds of corn hold the majority of its nutrients and are the most commonly consumed parts. They contain several benefits to the human body.
Some health benefits include:
Antioxidants combat the effects of harmful free radicals in the body. Sweet corn when cooked is observed to have more antioxidants than non-cooked corn. Corn contains antioxidants that are proven to protect the eyes and skin from oxidative damage.
Corn contains a healthy and impressive amount of fiber when eaten either on the cub or in the form of popcorn. The predominant fibers in corn are insoluble ones, such as cellulose and lignin. Fiber helps prevent constipation and also lower cholesterol levels.
Source of energy
Like all cereal grains, corn is primarily composed of carbs. Carbohydrates provide the energy required for the body and mind to function properly. Corn is a complex carbohydrate that takes a longer time to get fully digested and this is beneficial for the body as it keeps you feeling full for a longer time. Sweet corn, or sugar corn, is a special, low-starch variety with higher sugar content, at 18% of the dry weight. Most of the sugar is sucrose.
Corn germ, an abundant side-product of corn milling, is rich in fat and used to make corn oil, which is a common cooking product. Refined corn oil is mainly composed of linoleic acid, a polyunsaturated fatty acid, while monounsaturated and saturated fats make up the rest. It also contains significant amounts of Vitamin E, increasing its shelf life and making it potentially effective at lowering cholesterol levels.
Although corn is technically a grain, it is also gluten-free. This makes corn a safe option for people with celiac disease or gluten intolerance who want to add grains to their diet. Corn and cornflour is a good option as it is naturally gluten-free and a better option than other grains.
Vitamins and minerals
Corn may contain a fair amount of several vitamins and minerals. Notably, the amount is highly variable depending on the corn type. For example; popcorn is rich in minerals, whereas sweet corn is higher in many vitamins.
Rich in Manganese
Manganese is a mineral that is found in various foods including legumes, nuts, whole grains, seeds, and green vegetables. Manganese has several benefits like bone health, diabetes control, Boosts Metabolism, Reduces Inflammation, and many more.
Helpful in Diabetes
Corns have a compound called polyphenols, it is considered protective against type-2 Diabetes. High in fiber, corn also aids in reducing cholesterol levels in the body by reducing the levels of blood sugar in diabetics too.
High in protein
Corn is higher in protein than many other vegetables, making it a good choice for vegetarians and vegans, or for people hoping to eat more protein from non-animal sources. Some studies also suggest that a diet rich in protein may support healthy weight loss by either reducing hunger or helping the body burn extra calories.
Popcorn and sweet corn are popular varieties, but refined corn products are also widely consumed, frequently as ingredients in processed food. These include tortillas, tortilla chips, polenta, cornmeal, corn flour, corn syrup, and corn oil. Whole-grain corn is as healthy as any cereal grain, as it is rich in fiber and many vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.