Tuesday, 25 June 2013


The rainy season is here again, and the excitement is in the air for corn lovers, on the street of Nigeria you find some road sellers roasting and some hawking cooked corn

A popular Nigerian street food which is usually enjoyed with African pear called 'Ube'

 Corn also known as sweet corn or maize, is not only delicious but also stuffed with nutrients and high in fibre making it an excellent food choice. Not only is corn on the cob fun to eat, it is also a very good source of nutrition. One cup of fresh corn is 177 calories, 5 grams of protein, 0 fat grams, and 41 grams of carbohydrates. Corn is considered as a whole grain food

It provides the necessary calories for daily metabolism, it is a rich source of vitamins A, B, E and other minerals. Yellow and white corn have similar nutritional profiles, including in terms of carbohydrate
At 4.6 grams of fiber per cup, corn is a good fiber source,  Its high fiber content ensures that it plays a role in prevention of digestive ailments like constipation and hemorrhoids as well as colorectal cancer. The fiber content of one cup of corn amounts to 18.4% of the daily -recommended value

Blood Sugar Benefits
Given its good fiber content, its ability to provide many B-complex vitamins including vitamins B1, B5 and folic acid, and its notable protein content (about 5-6 grams per cup), corn is a food that would be expected to provide blood sugar benefits. Fiber and protein are key macronutrients for stabilizing the passage of food through our digestive tract. Sufficient fiber and protein content in a food helps prevent too rapid or too slow digestion of that food
Consumption of corn in ordinary amounts of 1-2 cups has been shown to be associated with better blood sugar control in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes

Corn might help prevention of heart ailments, lowering hypertension and prevention of neural-tube defects at birth 
Also, they are rich in phytochemicals, it provides protection against numerous chronic diseases.

Corn is found to be rich in a carotenoid known as beta-cryptoxanthin which is supportive to the lung health, lowering the possibility of lung cancer. People in a study that ate foods containing beta-cryptoxanthin were found that they had a lower risk of getting lung cancer than those who did not eat foods containing this carotenoid 

Rich Source of Vitamins

Corn is rich in vitamin B constituents, especially Thiamin and Niacin. Thiamin is essential for maintaining nerve health and cognitive function. Niacin deficiency leads to Pellagra; a disease characterised by diarrhea, dementia and dermatitis and is commonly observed in malnourished individuals.

Corn is also a good source of Pantothenic acid that is a vitamin necessary for carbohydrate as well as protein and lipid metabolism in the body. Deficiency of folic acid in pregnant women leads to birth of underweight infants and may also result in neural tube defects at birth. C
orn is an excellent source of lutein and zeaxanthin

Corn provides a large chunk of the daily folate requirement. Yellow corn is a rich source of beta-carotene that forms vitamin A in the body, essential for maintenance of good vision and skin. The kernels of corn are rich in vitamin E, a natural antioxidant essential for growth

Preparation and Use
fresh sweet corn, cornmeal, grits, corn flakes, popcorn, corn starch
Corn in any form is recommended for weight-gain diets

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