Corn, that sweet delicious treat-on-a-cob that never loses its allure when served up at a summer barbecue or steaming hot at the kitchen table. It’s a simple tradition in North American diets and is available in abundance during the late summer and early fall. But today’s diners don’t simply ask, “Is it delicious?” We want to know if it’s good for you. We want to know if it’s healthy to eat and what benefits the golden yellow kernels provide. Seriously, what are the benefits of corn? Worry no more, corn really is good for you. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits.
- It’s got antioxidants! So that’s good, right? You betcha! Yellow corn is loaded with carotenoid antioxidants which support the immune system. These phytonutrients in the form of lutein and zeaxanthin provide a defense to those pesky free radicals we have been told over and over cause stress to our bodies. When an imbalance between our ability to clean them up and their power to cause toxic conditions lean in their favor, we get oxidative stress. The phytonutrients in the form of antioxidants in corn give aid to the eyes and skin in defending against oxidative stress.
- Your body digests it – slowly. Oh yes, that’s good! You see, corn has a particularly high ratio of insoluble fiber to soluble fiber. That means it stays in tact as you digest it and really gets your gut working. Insoluble fiber feeds the good bacteria along the digestive path and keeps things balanced, and you healthy!
- It’s gluten free. Naturally. Yep! No processing needed, this is the real thing. This healthy food is naturally gluten free right out of the fields. That means that the 1% of the world’s population with Celiac disease and the 29% of American’s that are trying to cut down on the gluten intake in their diet can eat as much corn as they like. Pass the corn, please!
- It’s loaded with nutrients and stuff. Oh come on, this one is a no brainer. It’s got plenty of that filling fiber, sure, but it’s nutrient dense with plenty of other stuff our bodies need. Take a look: It’s got pantothenic acid, phosphorus, vitamin B3, manganese, and vitamin B6 all nutrients we’re told to get in our daily diets. Sweet yellow corn has many more nutrients including carbohydrates, sugar, sodium, even more, vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids but making a cereal label look alike wasn’t really the point. The point is, it’s loaded with nutrients and stuff.
Maybe corn is so easy to find, so easy to cook and so delicious to eat that we forget how beneficial it is for you. Corn is a top healthy food full of antioxidants, fiber, and nutrients – and other good stuff. It’s also gluten free, fills you up at meal time, and gives you the energy to enjoy your life without feeling weighed down by fats. If you haven’t had corn for dinner lately grill some up on the barbeque, steam it to perfection in that new electric pressure you just got, or fry in a pan and eat it toasty brown. However you like it, you can eat it with confidence knowing that the benefits of corn are many. It is healthy to eat, as well as deliciously irresistible!
Grilled Corn Salad with Lime, Red Chili and Cotija
- 8 ears fresh corn, silks removed, husk on, soaked in cold water 30 minutes
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup creme fraiche
- 2 limes, juiced and 1 zested
- 1 tablespoons ancho chili powder
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
- 1/4 cup grated cotija cheese
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