Corn always sounds perfect in the cold winter. It’s an amazing healthy vegetable high in diverse nutrients. Corn farming first began in Native America and was then passed to Europe. Nowadays, the US is the major producer of corn. Have a better view on the health benefits of eating corn:
Helps Weight Loss
Corn is significantly low in calories. For that reason, you can eat as much as you want and get full without worrying about the calories you put on. Moreover, corn consists of 75% water and a good amount of proteins and fibers that’ll keep you full for a long time. Unfortunately however, corn is high in carbohydrates and can negatively alter your blood sugar levels.
Provides a Source of Protein
Corn is an excellent source of protein since it’s capable of providing you with all essential amino acids you need. However, it doesn’t provide you with enough lysine and you should obtain that from different sources such as eggs, poultry, beans and lean meat.
A source of Fibers
There are two types of fibers, soluble and insoluble. Insoluble fibers are known for its ability of treating constipation. Soluble fibers, on the other hand, are excellent nutrients for your heart. Soluble fibers lower blood cholesterol levels and protect you against cardiovascular diseases.
Corn provides you with folate, or vitamin B, that’s very good for protein and DNA metabolism. Consuming folate during pregnancy protects your newborn from any potential birth defects. It also helps the body convert homocystein, a type of amino acid, to SAMe. The decrease in the levels of homocystein from the blood, thanks to folate, protects your heart and blood vessels from the damaging effect of homocystein. Additionally, SAMe serves other necessary metabolic process. A cup of cooked corn provides a good percentage of your daily folate requirements.