Today I wanted to share with you some of the health benefits of corn. Corn, along with tomatoes, probably ranks as one of my favorite vegetables. There is nothing like a fresh ear of corn out of the garden, or a jar of my mom’s home canned corn. Yum!
Corn can be eaten by itself or used in many main and side dishes. Corn is consumed as a vegetable and is used in many ways to make many of the foods we enjoy. Thanks goes to sunshinesweetcorn.com for the information below. When doing research for the health benefits of foods, as I’ve been doing, I am very appreciative for all the hard work and dedication that scientist and researches do. I am learning new things everyday and my many thanks goes to them.
1. There are two types of dietary fiber — soluble and and insoluble — and sweet corn contains both. Dietary fiber, as part of a healthy diet helps to reduce blood cholesterol levels and may lower the risk of heart disease, according to the American Heart Association. It is the insoluble fiber that binds to cholesterol preventing it from being absorbed into the bloodstream.
2. Insoluble fiber is responsible for promoting regularity and helping prevent constipation by speeding up the passage of food and waste through the intestines and by absorbing water to keep stools soft. Insoluble fiber has been shown to reduce the risk of hemorrhoids as well.
3. Fiber-containing foods like sweet corn also help provide a feeling of fullness and may help curb appetite and assist with weight management.
4. Corn also contains lutein and zeaxanthin. Studies have shown that a high intake of lutein and zeaxanthin is associated with a significant reduction in the risk of a chronic eye disease called macular degeneration. Lutein and zeaxanthin may also play a role in slowing the development of cataracts. Since lutein and zeaxanthin are the only carotenoids detectable in the lens, researchers believe that these powerful antioxidants may protect the clear proteins in the lens from undergoing the oxidation that causes them to become cloudy.
5. Emerging research suggests that lutein may also help prevent hardening of the arteries that can lead to heart attack and stroke.
6. Corn contains beta-cryptoxanthin, a cousin of vitamin A that is being studied for its possible role in slowing bone loss associated with aging, reducing the risk of inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis as well as various forms of cancer, especially lung cancer.
7. Corn also contains thiamin (vitamin B1) that helps the body’s cells convert carbohydrates into energy. Thiamin is also essential for the proper functioning of the heart, muscles, and nervous system.
As you can see there are many health benefits in corn. I encourage you to make corn a part of your diet and enjoy it’s many benefits.
Here are some recipes containing corn. Enjoy!