I have always loved eating corn but was never sure whether it contained any benefits. So today I decided to find out a little bit more about it.
Here is the nutritional contents of an average cup of corn (149grams) :
~Fibre 14.3% RDA
~Vitamin C. 13.6% RDA
~B3. 12.5% RDA
~Manganese. 12.5% RDA
~B3. 11.8% RDA
~Calories. 7% RDA
Corn is a whole grain food that is high in fibre, low in fat and provides our body with essential nutrients, beneficial methinks!?
Corn provides our body with two important carotenoids: lutein and leaxanthin which both support our eyes, reducing the chance of eye disease and slow cataracts. Lutein also reduces the chance of stroke or heart attack as it prevents hardening of arteries.
Corn also contains folate which supports out cardiovascular system and vitamin B1 that helps our body convert carbs into energy and aids the functioning of our heart, muscles and nervous systems.
As you can see corn is high in fibre; both soluble and insoluble. Dietary fibre is the soluble fibre which reduces chance of heart disease and lowers cholesterol and blood pressure levels, whereas the insoluble fibre helps prevent constipation. This can also be good for dieting as the fibre makes you feel more satisfied, meaning you eat less, aiding weight loss.
An average sized corn ear only contains about 80 Calories and over 10% of our RDA of fibre!!
So is corn beneficial?
I definitely think so!!