The Yays and Nays of Munching on Corn

The Yays and Nays of Munching on Corn

Corn can be eaten in a variety of ways, such as popcorn, in salads, or on the cob. One large serving provides your body with calories, protein, fat, carbohydrates, fiber, and sugar. Corn also contains several minerals, vitamins, and plant compounds that can add to your daily nutrient requirements.

Here are some yays and nays of eating corn.

Antioxidants

Plant compounds are found in vegetables and fruit. Corn has two: lutein and zeaxanthin. They give corn its yellow color and are vital for eye health. Furthermore, these compounds help with age-related eye issues, such as macular degeneration and cataracts.

Feel Fuller for Longer

Corn, especially popcorn, is high in fiber, low in calories, and packed full of nutrients, which keeps you feeling full for longer.

Multiple B Vitamins

Vitamins B6 and B9 boost the energy metabolism as well as other important body functions. Corn has high levels of these as well as smaller levels of other B vitamins like B5.

May Trigger IBS Symptoms

The disorder, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) affects your gastrointestinal tract. Certain foods or drinks can trigger it. Corn triggers or worsens IBS symptoms in some people.

Corn Syrup or Oil Could Increase Inflammation

Corn syrup is made from corn kernels, but it’s unhealthy compared to whole corn. When corn is processed, all its nutrients are stripped and sugar or oil is what’s left. High fructose corn syrup has been linked to diabetes, and heart and liver disease. Corn oil has high levels of polyunsaturated oils, which can increase inflammation.

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