2. It can help protect the eyesight
Besides corn calories, we’ve listed that corn also has lutein and zeaxanthin, forms of vitamin A that are beneficial for the eyes. Experts say these compounds are concentrated in the retina, which, along with Vitamin E, C, zinc, and copper (also in corn) help protect the eyes from age-related macular degeneration.
3. It has low glycemic index
The glycemic index is a scale (1 to 100) that indicates how food affects blood sugar levels. The higher the number is (70 above), the more it is likely to cause blood sugar spikes.
Did you know that corn has a low glycemic index (less than 55), which means it can be great for people with diabetes.
4. It can promote heart health
Some of the nutrients in corn can promote heart health.
For one, fiber can help reduce cholesterol, high levels of which can trigger cardiovascular problems.
Besides corn calories, it also has potassium, which helps regulate blood pressure, and magnesium, which can protect against stroke and other ischemic diseases.
5. It can be a good rice alternative or extender
The Department of Agriculture has long since acknowledged that corn can be a good alternative to rice because of its nutritional value. If not an alternative, it can be an extender where people can mix rice with corn.
Tips in Choosing And Preparing Corn
Remember that you can eat corn kernels raw. But if you prefer to cook them, it’s best to do so when they are freshly picked. Should you want to store them, you can partially boil corn cobs, collect the kernels, and then store them in the freezer.
When it comes to preparation, please refrain from adding extra fat and sugar to the corn (butter and white sugar). Doing so can negate the health benefits. Instead of frying kernels with butter, why not simply microwave, broil, boil, grill, steam, or roast corn cobs? Remember that you can also add corn kernels to soups, salads, and casseroles.
Finally, please be careful with packed or canned corn. Check their labels first if they have added sugars and fats. If they contain too much sugar or fats, it’s best to not buy them at all.
Learn more about Nutrition Facts here.