Is Corn Healthy or Not?
In the Philippines, corn is one of the most famous go-to foods anywhere. You can buy it grilled, steamed or get it as a popcorn! Corn is also popular with it being refined such as tortillas, chips, corn meal, corn flour, corn oil and so on. However, the general use of corn in food products has led to debate whether corn is really healthy or not. As my research goes on regarding this matter, I’ve come to the conclusion that there is no evidence that corn is harmful to our health.
Did You Know?
- Corn is called maize by most countries, this comes from the Spanish word ‘maiz’. Here in the Philippines, corn is also called ‘Mais’
- With the exception of Antarctica, corn is produced on every continent in the world.
- There are over 3,500 different uses for corn products.
- Corn can be produced in various colors including blackish, bluish-gray, purple, green, red, white and the most common yellow.
Corn has Vitamin C and lycopene (antioxidants) that increase the production of collagen and prevent UV generated free radicals from damaging the skin. Besides being eaten, its products like corn oil, corn starch can be directly applied on the skin and often used as an ingredient in many cosmetic products.
According to Bangalore based Dietitian and Wellness Consultant, Dr. Sheela Krishnaswamy, “Corn is rich in carbs, it’s a great source of energy.” Also, it is high in nutrients and is extremely rich in Vitamin B1, Vitamin B5, and Vitamin C, which helps in fighting diseases and generating new cells.
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