Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Corn: essential food for dieters

Corn also known as maize, botanically name Zea mays is a high carbohydrate cereal grain.

An ear of corn has just 85 calories and is a good source of fiber. Corn provides a small amount of protein, phosphorus and potassium.

Cornmeal contains good amounts of iron, important for healthy blood, and magnesium, which helps regulate blood pressure and play a role in nerve and muscle function.

Cooking increased the antioxidant in sweet corn by up to 53 percent. In addition to its antioxidant benefit, cooked sweet corn releases ferulic acid, and aromatic compound, which provides health benefits such as battling cancer.

Corn and beans a good combination. Corn is low in the amino acid lysine but high in methionine, while beans are low in methionine but high in lysine.

Although corn is popular as sweet corn in various forms, fresh, frozen and canned sweet corn represent only a portion of the food items that may be made from corn.
Corn: essential food for dieters
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