The period between March and August excites Nigerians who are lovers of freshly harvested corn. Some might call the crop a vegetable but it is generally referred to as a grain and has the botanical name, Zee mays. Maize as some call it, is available in different parts of the world and comes in a variety of colours with white and yellow being the most common ones. Each variety differs in grain size, taste, ripening and storage duration. The selection of your preferred variety is dependent on what you intend to make out of the crop which could be canned, cooked, roasted, or used in the production of cereal, flour, and more.
Corn is best grown in rich loamy soil and the ear is divided into 4 main parts, the kennel, silk, cob, and husk. It is amazing to know that a single food crop contains essential nutrients for our body such as carbohydrate, dietary fibre, manganese, folic acid, proteins calcium, zin, sodium, iron, copper, phosphorus, magnesium, fats and more. Here are 4 health benefits of corn.
Some health-related ailments could be associated with the deficiency of vital nutrients in your diet; you could improve your eyesight by placing the right meals on your plate. Consuming corn greatly helps to prevent visual impairment and blindness in adults and children.
Keeps Your Skin Glowing
A good way to keep your skin glowing is by eating fresh fruits and vegetables. The high-water content in corn helps to keep your skin hydrated for long hours and this prevents cracks in the skin. Since corn contains iron and vitamins which are essential in the production of red blood cells, injuries and scars are likely to heal up quickly.
Essential for Weight Gain
While some people are out in search for effective ways to lose weight, others are drowning themselves with an excessive intake of calories that are bad for their health in the long run, all in the name of weight gain. Corn, especially the yellow variation provides healthy calories needed by the body; the calorific content of yellow and white corn is 96 calories per 100 grams. This is a game-changer for those seeking some extra weight.
Anemia occurs due to the lack of adequate red blood cells to carry oxygen to your body tissues which result in general fatigue and weakness. Iron and Vitamin deficient anemia could be treated with an improved diet containing essential nutrients to increase iron absorption by the body. Corn is rich in iron (2.71mg), and Vitamin B6 which aids the creation of red blood cells.
The next time you are offered corn, do yourself some good by thinking twice before turning it down. Make corn as interesting as it can get by enjoying it as a snack (pop-corn), cereal, or main meal.