Feb 2, 2008

NUTRITIOUS CORN


I am a fan of corn. I buy at least several corn on cobs every few days. There are many ways to cook them. Boil, Steam and even Barbeque. I boil it with Chicken or Pork stock and cooked them together with Winter Melon, Old Cucumber or even Sharksfin Melon. They add the natural sweetness to the soup. I usually cut into 4 pcs per cob. When the soup is ready, not only is the soup delicious, the corn is just nice and tender. Other than the fresh raw ones, I buy the frozen packed ones too. Steam them and add some butter and salt for taste. They are great snacks!


Corn is High in Nutrients
One of the benefits of corn is that it is high in nutrients. A few of these important nutrients are:
Thiamin (vitamin B1) which is used in the metabolism of carbohydrates.
Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) which helps with physiological functions.
Folate which helps the generation of new cells ? especially important before and during pregnancy.
Vitamin C which fights against diseases.


Corn is a Good Source of Fiber
One cup of corn provides 18.4% of the daily recommendation of fiber. Its high fiber content is one of the biggest benefits of corn. Fiber has been shown to help lower cholesterol levels and help reduce the risk of colon cancer. Fiber is also useful in helping to lower blood sugar levels in diabetics.


Adding More Corn to Your Diet
How do you get the benefits of corn when it's not in season and corn on the cob is not plentiful? You can still get the benefits of corn from corn that has been frozen when it is fresh. Try corn as side dish saute with carrots and onions. Add frozen corn to soup, puddings and icecream. Use corn oil instead of peanut oil for cooking. The addition of corn a couple of times a week to your diet will have healthful benefits.

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JO-N said...

Yup, corn is a good food and my kids like corns.

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