by Niki Kefala
I have just eaten my first corn for this summer and I absolutely enjoy it. In Greece you will find in many places small kiosks in which you can buy roasted or boiled corn. Don’t forget to put salt on it and you are holding a great delicacy!
A Wealth of Vitamins
Corn is not only tasty but also very healthy. Health benefits of corn include controlling diabetes, prevention of heart ailments, lowering hypertension and prevention of neural-tube defects at birth. Corn not only provides the necessary calories for healthy, daily metabolism, but is also a rich source of vitamins A, B, E and many minerals like phosphorous,magnesium, manganese, zinc, iron (perfect food choice for those who suffering from anemia) and copper.
It also contains trace minerals like selenium, which are difficult to find in most normal diets and is a rich source of antioxidants which fight the free radicals that are responsible for cancer. Moreover corn contains phenolic flavonoid antioxidant ferulic acid, that plays vital role in preventing cancers, aging, and inflammation in humans. You need more reasons to eat corn?
Its high fiber content ensures that it plays a significant role in the prevention of digestive ailments like constipation and hemorrhoids as well as colorectal cancer. The antioxidants present in corn also act as anti-carcinogenic agents and prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
Corn for healthy babies
Being a rich source of folic acid, corn is particularly beneficial for pregnant women. Deficiency of folic acid in pregnant women can cause the birth of underweight infants and also as already mentioned cause neural tube defects at birth.
You can use corn also for cosmetic reasons as it can be applied topically to sooth skin rashes. Many celebrities can’t resist to the taste of corn like Bruce Willis, Justin Timberlake, Mila Kunis and Matthew McConaughey. Now you know why!