Health benefits of Sweet corn

Health benefits of Sweet corn

sweetcornNow, don’t we just love the smell of corn on cob with barbecued steak  (lean cuts please)?. Sweet corn is a vegetable which is so versatile and can be used in any cuisine.  It can find its way in a salad or in a sandwich or even in a saute. Although its a veggie, it can still become the star of the main course.

Lets have a look at the benefits of sweet corn.

  • Sweet corn is rich in fiber and can help to relieve constipation and prevent colon cancers. It also does not raise our blood sugars due its high fiber content.
  • It is a rich source of beta carotene and also rich in antioxidants such lutein, xanthins etc which help to improve eyesight and prevent cataracts.
  • It helps in weight loss as it can act as whole meal on its own if combined with some good quality protein such as chicken, egg whites or low fat milk products.
  • It is rich in folate which prevents anemia.
  • It is also rich in B group vitamins such as thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pyridoxine etc.
  • It contains many minerals such as zinc, selenium, potassium, copper and manganese.
  • Sweet Corn which is unprocessed, can also be included in gluten free diets in form of steamed corn etc.

I am sure by now, you must be dreaming about sweet corn soup, but ditch the corn flour which is unhealthy and refined. Steam it, roast it, add it in salads. Now you have just more  reason to enjoy it!!!

Sanjana M Shenoy is a A dietitian from Mangalore, Karnataka, India. Having worked as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India. She is also a consultant for corporate's like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows. She consults at her Diet and Nutrition clinic "Nutrihealth" in Mangalore. Also is a visiting consultant to various hospitals in and around Mangalore and also runs an active online consultation.

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