In case you have just passed by a woman who is carrying a container and at the same time shouting ”Maize o maize ” Ey3 Aburo shesheeeshe! big ups to my Twi editor. Eish let me be Genda bias here, Men can also sell corn right?..yh. You can also come across corn at the market, at the shopping mall, or you can buy direct from the farmer. But if you happen to come across one without making any purchase then begin to chase for one because you are going to miss the following nutritional values I am going to talk about. Maize/ Corn has the following essential nutritional values check out below;
1. Gives Essential Minerals
In this era, everyone is competing with others to become successful and we forget to pay attention to our health. We are not eating foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals, and good lipids. That’s why I am suggesting you eat corn daily because,
Corns are filled with essential minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and zinc, your body needs these minerals daily. It will help you to fight against harmful bacteria and viruses by strengthening your immune system.
2. Healthy For Eyes
Corns are an excellent source of Lutein And Zeaxanthin.
What are Lutein and Zeaxanthin? It is two major carotenoids, which are pigments created by plants that give a yellowish and reddish hue to fruits and vegetables
How Lutein and Zeaxanthin help eyes? in the macula, Lutein and Zeaxanthin block the blue light from entering the underlying structures in the retina and it reduces the risk of light-induced oxidative damage that could lead to AMD ( macular degeneration ).
Many studies have found that lutein and zeaxanthin either help prevent Macular Degeneration or may slow the rise of the disease.
3. Big shout’ to my Skinny Buddies
If you are underweight and trying to increase weight eating corn would be the right choice for you because corn contains high amounts of carbohydrates and corn are high in calories as well so eat corn as much as you can, it will definitely help you to gain some extra kg’s.
4. Prevents Anemia
What is Anemia? it is a condition in which there is a lack of red blood cells or of hemoglobin in the blood, resulting in paleness and fatigue.
It is the most common blood disorder. Anemia affects 1.62 billion people Globally. The most common type of anemia globally is Iron deficiency anemia.
Iron is the most important element for blood production. 70% of the iron in the body is located in the red blood cells of your blood called hemoglobin.
Corn is rich is in Iron (2.71mg), Folic Acid, and Vitamin B6 which helps in the creation of red blood cells in the body. People aged 19 to 50 need about 18mg of iron per day, and corn provides 2.71mg of iron per 100g.
Adding corn in your diet would be a good idea for the prevention of Anemia.
5. Healthy Hair
Corn oil improves the blood circulation in the scalp and it helps to get stronger hairs.
Corn also contains multi Vitamins, but most importantly Vitamin C. Your body needs vitamin C to produce a protein known as “collagen”.
Collagen is the main structural protein found in skin and other connective tissues.
Vitamin C also helps your body to absorb iron, and it is an important mineral for hair growth.
6. High In Protein
Protein is the most essential nutrient for muscles, bones, hair, and several body parts. Most people not getting enough protein in their daily life. Everyone needs at least 0.8g of protein per kilogram of body weight or 0.36g protein per pound.
Corn contains 9.4g of protein per 100g and corn provides other benefits as well so eat corn and make yourself healthy.
7. Beneficial During Pregnancy
Corn contains a high amount of fiber which may help digestion during pregnancy and relieve digestive problems like constipation.
Eating corn in pregnancy may be helpful in healthy brain growth of the fetus because corn contains a vitamin known as Thiamine.
Corn also has pantothenic acid which is essential for the healthy functioning of the body organs while pregnancy.
8. Helpful For Skin
Corns are rich in lycopene and Vitamin C these are antioxidants that help to increase the number of collagen( the main structural protein found in skin) in your body and it prevents UV generated free radicals from harming the skin.
Collagen is important for our body because it can literally improve skin elasticity, decrease wrinkles, and boost skin moisture. So, grab corn and make your skin better.
9. Lowers LDL Cholesterol
Heart patients are increasing day by day an estimated report suggests that 84 million US citizens are fighting with cardiovascular diseases.
A study was conducted with the help of 54 men and women who were given the same foods made with extra virgin olive oil and corn oil. The results revealed that corn oil decreased LDL cholesterol by 11% compared to just 3.5% for extra virgin oil.
Researchers have discovered that corn oil helps to lower LDL cholesterol 3 times more than olive oil.
10. Helpful In Diabetes
Corns have a compound called polyphenols, it is considered protective against type-2 Diabetes. High in fiber, corn also aids in reducing cholesterol levels in the body by reducing the levels of blood sugar in diabetics too.
A study which was conducted by Iran University Of Medical Sciences founds that polyphenols decrease hyperglycemia (High Blood Sugar) and improve acute insulin secretion and insulin sensitivity.
29 million people in the United States have diabetes and about 422 million in the world. Eat well to avoid this sweet death.
11. Provides A High Amount Of Carbohydrates
Corn is low in Fat and Calories but it is not low in the matter of carbohydrates, corn yellow grain contains about 74.26g of carbohydrates in 100g, which makes it one of the most carbs rich grain.
Daily recommends of carbohydrates is 45 to 65 percent of your total daily calories. So, if you are getting 1,000 calories a day, between 450 and 650 calories must be from carbohydrates.
If you are not getting enough carbs per day, add corns in your diet.