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The healthy snack

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Corn is loaded with many health and beauty benefits, says Dr. Shernaz Avari

Corn falls in the category of wheat but has less proteins than wheat. It has also very little fat but is rich in corn oil – a wholesome veg. oil which is easily digestible.

There are several types of corn but the yellow corn has Vitamin ‘A’ content that is not found in any other grain.  Vitamin ‘A’ is a skin vitamin which also promotes healthy vision. All the more reason to have your corn soup, corn and potato soup, the all-time favourite sweet corn (chicken) soup, makkai bhuttas (corn on the cob, rubbed with lime and smeared with mirchi powder), corn-cheese toast, corn boiled and mixed in salads, corn sautéed with butter pepper (an ideal food to be packed in school lunch boxes), corn parathas, corn and veg. wadas, and, of course, white corn flour, which is used to thicken curries and gravies while the flavoured corn is used as a dessert.

Since corn is rich in Vitamin B12 and folic acid, it helps to form new red blood cells.  Folic acid is essential for normal growth and metabolism and also helps prevent anaemia.

Half a cup of boiled baby corn, meets the day’s requirements of Vitamin ’A’ and iron.

Since corn contains ‘B’ vitamin (thiamine), it helps prevent stress by supporting the function of the adrenal glands.

The magnesium in corn helps maintain a normal heart rate and also increases bone strength.

Phosphorous present in sweet corn plays an important role in the growth and maintenance of body tissues.

 Corn, being a good source of thiamine (Vitamin ‘B’), improves the functioning of the brain, thereby reducing the risk of developing Alzheimer’s.

 Corn contains both soluble and insoluble fibres so it helps digestion, alleviates constipation and helps against haemorrhoids (piles).

Corn oil contains Vitamin ‘E’, which helps to lower cholesterol levels.

Since corn is a good source of pantothenic acid, it is good for hair growth, preventing hairfall.  Pantothenic acid also helps in burning feet syndrome.

Rejoice with popcorn! Don’t feel guilty if you sit with a tall carton of salty popcorns or the caramelised variety at the movies. It is one of the most wholesome cereal foods.  Popping the corn is non-fattening, starch-free and easily digestible.  It can also be eaten as an interim snack.

Dr. Shernaz Avari is a Consultant Naturopath and an Alternative Medical Practitioner

Short Takes

Corn, maize or makkai  has amazing nutritional value and is part and parcel of a monsoon diet. 

It contains proteins, fats, minerals, Vitamin ‘A’, Vitamin B12 and folic acid.

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