Corn, one of the most popular and versatile vegetables, is also a good source of several nutrients. Corn is a low-fat complex carbohydrate that deserves a regular place on any healthy table. These high-fiber, fat-fighting kernels of goodness are also hearty and satisfying.
Health Benefits of Corn
This popular food is high in fiber. In fact, it’s notoriously hard to digest. But its insoluble fiber is tops at tackling common digestive ailments (like constipation and hemorrhoids) by absorbing water, which swells the stool and speeds its movement.
Corn is a surprising source of several vitamins, including folic acid, niacin, and vitamin C. The folic acid in corn is now known to be an important factor in preventing neural-tube birth defects. It’s just as important in preventing heart disease, according to studies that show folic acid can prevent a buildup of homocysteine, an amino acid, in the body. Long-term elevation of homocysteine has been linked to higher rates of heart disease; folic acid helps break it down.
Corn hasn’t had much good press lately. Upstarts like broccoli have been stealing the show, but corn is one of the ancient foods that deserves respect today.The Aztecs served corn, and the Mayans did too. Native Americans saved the Pilgrims from starvation by demonstrating how to grow corn. Now modern people find it an excellent source of great flavor, vitamin C, and fiber.
Corn bran is a heart protector. One study at Illinois State University shows that men who ate a low-fat diet plus 20 grams (less than a teaspoon) of corn bran each day for six weeks had a 13 percent drop in triglycerides, blood fats that contribute to heart disease. Those who ate wheat bran showed no such change.
The soluble fiber in corn binds with cholesterol in bile from the liver. It then passes from the body, taking the cholesterol with it. There’s more to corn than medical benefits. Corn on the cob is a great seasonal treat. (White corn has more fiber than yellow.) When cutting it off the cob, try to get the whole kernel. Or cut the corn from the cob, then run the back of the knife down the rows to get it all.
Buy mature corn, and cook it while it’s still fresh. Husk just before cooking. Steaming corn is best, because boiling draws out some of the nutrients. When adding corn to a salad, use raw corn for a flavorful, crunchy addition to other vegetables.
Cornmeal makes a great facial, opening all the pores and freeing from the dirt and oils. Just wash the face daily with it instead of soap. Cornstarch makes a dusting agent for relieving diaper rash and poison ivy and also insect bites and stings. A handful of cornstarch to a tub of lukewarm water would be beneficial to bathe chicken pox, measles, mumps and hives.
Cornstarch is also good to stop diarrhea fast. Just add 1-2 level tsp cornstarch to a glass of cool water or coke ( coke is good for abdonal cramps when you have diarrhea.) This correct the problems in a couple of hours. Corbcob Tea is excellent for treating abdominal swelling, edema in the ankles and wrists and gout in general. Cover fresh corncobs (about 2-3) with enough water to cover by 2″. Cook on low heat for an hour then strain and cool. Keep in the fridge, drink 2-3 cups a day till problem subside. Cornsil Tea is one of the finest remedy for a weak and poorly functioning kidneys or kidney stones, It can be used fresh or dried. Steep 2 tsp. of cornsilk in one cup boiling water for 20 minutes, strain and sweeten with honey and then drink 1/2 cup lukewarm every 3-4 hours. I drink lukewarm water from the boil fresh corn because I know that there is a health benefits of corn.
So from now on you can enjoy frozen corn kernels (of course you have to cook them first) and pop corn and save the cornsilk when you buy them fresh and make use of the corncob as well. These are the health benefits of corn to our body I hope you will apply it to yourself.
Nutritional Value of Corn:
Corn or maize is one of the most popular cereals in the world. Corn forms the staple food of numerous people in different countries including, US, India, etc.
Nutrition Facts and Information about Corn: Corn is rich in phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, zinc, copper, iron and selenium. It also has small amounts of potassium.
Vitamin Content: Corn has Vitamin B (Thiamin, Vitamin B6, Niacin, Riboflavin, Folate). It has traces of Vitamin A and Vitamin E.
Calorie Content of Corn: Cereals are the prime source of calories for many people. The calorific value of most cereals lies between 330 to 350 calories per 100 gm, the calorific value of corn being 342 calories per 100 gm.
Health Benefits of Corn: There are no particular health benefits of corn, except for the fact that it provides necessary calories for daily metabolism of the body. Corn is good for skin care, boosting nervous system, digestion, and maintaining low cholesterol levels.