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All About Eating Corn: The Pros and Cons


Corn on the cob is a popular summer treat that many people enjoy and can be a very healthy choice. However, not all corn is as healthy or nutritious as you may think. Continue reading to learn more about the nutritional benefits of corn, as well as a few cons about the summer crop.

Pros Of Eating Corn

When corn is eaten in an unprocessed way, non-GMO corn kernels have some great benefits and nutrients. Organic corn is a vitamin C, magnesium-rich food, and provides a good amount of your daily dietary fiber.

1. Good Source of Antioxidants

Corn kernels are a good source of carotenoid antioxidants, which are known to support the immune system. The antioxidants also protect the eyes and skin from oxidative stress.

2. High Fiber

Corn is also high in fiber, with about 4.5 grams of fiber per cup of kernels. The ratio of insoluble-to-soluble fiber is high, which provides multiple beneficial effects on the digestive system.

3. High Starch

Since corn is high in starch, it supports steady energy levels. Starch is a type of complex carbohydrate, which helps control blood sugar levels, unlike refined carbs. Refined carbs give you a short burst of energy, and leave you feeling hungry soon after eating.

4. Naturally Gluten-Free

While corn is often thought of as similar to other grains, it is not technically a grain and is therefore naturally gluten-free.

5. Beneficial for Heart Health

Corn is a staple crop that has been part of traditional diets for many years, and is linked to longevity and overall health. The crop also provides protective phenolic phytochemicals that are beneficial for heart health and controlling blood sugar levels.

Cons Of Eating Corn

Unfortunately, the majority of corn that is widely consumed today is overly modified, and is striped from its nutritional benefits. Before buying corn, make sure it is organic and check for GMO labeling to ensure you are getting the beneficial vitamins and antioxidants.

1. GMO

As just mentioned, corn is often genetically modified, which takes away all nutrients and minerals. Corn is the number one grown crop in the U.S., but 88% of all corn in the U.S. per year is genetically modified.

2. High Fructose Corn Syrup

It’s best to stay away from high fructose corn syrup as much as possible, as it is not natural and unhealthy.

3. Bad For Sensitive Digestive Systems

Although corn is gluten-free, it may still aggravate sensitive digestive systems. If you suffer from other common food allergies besides gluten or from IBS, corn may cause stomach aches.

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