Why You Must Eat Corn

By Daily Graphic

Corn is in season again and this means it is affordable during this time of the year. Besides its great taste, corn is one of the most popular and versatile vegetables and it is also a good source of several nutrients.

In addition to this, corn is a low-fat complex carbohydrate that deserves a regular place on any healthy table. This high-fibre, fat-fighting kernels of goodness are also hearty and satisfying. Corn is a source of several vitamins.

Health benefits of corn

This popular food is high in fibre. In fact, it's notoriously hard to digest. But its insoluble fibre is tops at tackling common digestive ailments (like constipation and haemorrhoids) by absorbing water, which swells the stool and speeds its movement.

Corn is a surprising source of several vitamins, including folic acid, niacin, and vitamin C. The folic acid in corn is now known to be an important factor in preventing neural-tube birth defects.

It's just as important in preventing heart disease, according to studies that show folic acid can prevent a build-up of homocysteine, an amino acid, in the body.

Long-term elevation of homocysteine has been linked to higher rates of heart disease; folic acid helps break it down.