Healthy Foods: Power of Corn

johnnydod By johnnydod, 21st Feb 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A look at the amazing power and goodness of the little seed called Corn, see what it can do for you.

So what is corn

Corn sometime called Maize (Sweet, on the cob or from a tin) cooked or raw
Corn is one of the healthiest foods you can eat, packed with vitamin “C” and fibre.

In fact one serving of corn about a medium size (7 inches) of corn can give you an amazing amount of good things.

The Nutritional Values

  • 5 mg. Vitamin C (Good for colds, there is now scientific evidence for this, although we all have known this for years haven’t we?)
  • 19 g. Carbohydrate (this is our main source of energy)
  • 3 g. Protein (this is essential for kids and adults alike for growth and repairing muscle and other body tissues)
  • 3 g. Dietary Fibre (This is one of those wonder foods that help our bodies work to it best. It slows down the Carbohydrate we eat so making the foods we eat a lot more satisfying this in itself help keep our weight correct, it also helps us digest foods better and that’s good because in that way it can help fight off certain cancers of the digestive tract.)
  • 41 micrograms Folic Acid (and all mums and mums to be, know how important this is)
  • 2 mg Niacin (One of those things we have all heard of but not too sure what it does? Well another name for niacin is Vitamin B3. We all know all the “B” vitamins are good for us, B3 helps with making a variety of sex and stress-related hormones in the adrenal glands and other parts of the body, so if you are one of those that want to be a mum to be or for that fact dad to be, this is a good one to take.B3 also helps by improving circulation and reducing cholesterol levels in the blood.)

A cob of corn also contains

  • 1 g fat (We all need a little fat in our diet, just as long as it’s not too much)
  • 13 mg Sodium (the body uses this to sort out your blood pressure now you might think, “Hang on isn’t salt bad for your blood pressure” you might ask? well too much of it is yes, you see table salt is 40% sodium and one teaspoon contains 2,300 mg of sodium, we should limit our sodium intake to 2,300 mg per day so you see the 13mg in a cob of corn is quite low)
  • 243 mg Potassium (The average man’s body is about 40% water around 57%, and potassium is good for balancing the pH)

And all this for only 77 calories, Zero cholesterol and under 1g of Saturated Fat

All kids love corn so this is a really great way to get some goodness into them, if you serve them up with peppers stuffed with some good things it all makes for a very healthy wholesome meal, whether it’s a regular stuffed pepper with mincemeat or a vegetarian version with say meat-free mince or something similar they are both pretty low in fat and good for you.

Tags

Corn Pops, Corn Rice, Corn Syrup, Cornfield, Maize

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author avatar Brian Hartman
24th Feb 2011 (#)

Great article, Johnny. :)

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author avatar Jerry Walch
24th Feb 2011 (#)

I just had brunch but the sight of that corn has made me hungry again.

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author avatar Denise O
24th Feb 2011 (#)

I am hungry Jerry and we are having corn tonight, darn it!LOL
Nice read Johnny, great info. As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Tony Mendoza Jr.
24th Feb 2011 (#)

Good article ... thanks for posting!

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author avatar Tranquilpen
24th Feb 2011 (#)

Thank you Johnny, Ditto all of the above. I'm an absolute CORN NUT. We get some huge ones, 400mm long in South Africa and the smaller sweeter variety as well. Thank you for a 'mouthwatering" article.

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author avatar Twin Palms
24th Feb 2011 (#)

Great information and I didn't think there were many health benefits from corn - gosh, I was wrong! Thanks.

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author avatar yugasini
25th Feb 2011 (#)

hi friend,

i too like this article and sweet corn also,have a nice day

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author avatar Songbird B
26th Feb 2011 (#)

Another great foodie article...I am learning so much here!! Love Sweetcorn too..yum..lol. Thanks Johnny..

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author avatar Val Mills
2nd Mar 2011 (#)

Good article Johnny. With summer just coming to an end here in NZ, we've been eating plenty of fresh corn.

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author avatar johnnydod
2nd Mar 2011 (#)

Well heres hoping your winter is kind to you Val, Spring has sprung here in the south of England so we look forward to Summer, I had some corn on the cob yesterday yummy.

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