Corn

Corn named in Latin zea mays is come from Latin America.

We usually eat as boiled or grilled corn is corn that the cob still exists, while popcorn popular among the movies united is the corn seeds.

Not only rich in fiber, corn is also a source of complex carbohydrates and a number of other nutrients such as vitamins B and C, carotene, potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, omega 6 and unsaturated fats which can help lower cholesterol.

Lutein and zeaxanthin compounds are parts of the carotenoid compound that forms the yellow pigment in the retina and absorbs blue light, harmful ray from the sun causing cataracts and macular degenerative.

Crude fiber in maize provides longer satiety making it suitable for those who want to lose weight. The raw fiber can also prevent constipation that often occurs in obese people.

Corn is rich in potassium, a diuretic, so as to cope with irritation of the urinary tract, lower uric acid levels and prevent kidney stones.

From research conducted by Lousiana State University, those who often eat corn proved rare cancers of the colon, breast and prostate. It is probable because of the content of beta-carotene and high fiber. Corn also contains protease inhibitors.

The study conducted in 47 countries with populations diligently consume corn starch proved that their teeth were rarely perforated.

Research at Illinois State University found that men who underwent low-fat diet and the diet was added by 20 grams of corn every day for six weeks, levels of triglycerides fell by 13%.

Research at the University of Southern California showed that those with high levels of lutein in the blood were to prevent the addition of plaque in the arteries of the heart. The dissolution fiber is efficacious to lower cholesterol. The content of folic acid lowers homocysteine levels.

Corn having low glycemic index does not necessarily raise blood sugar levels so that it is good to consume by people with diabetes mellitus.

Corn can increase endurance. It is as a substitute staple food for rice.

To get the benefits of fiber, eat whole corn. Eating fresh corn, not canned corn already containing preservatives, will provide more nutrients.

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