Corn – How to Cook it and Health Benefits
Corn – How to Cook it and Health Benefits. There are 2 simple ways to cook the Corn: by Boiling or Microwaving it. As per the health benefits of the corn, here we can discuss all day long. One important factor to keep in mind is that the corn helps your body during pregnancy!
Did you know?
- There are over 3,500 different uses for corn products.
- As well as being eaten by the cob, corn is also processed and used as a major component in many food items like cereals, peanut butter, potato chips, soups, marshmallows, ice cream, baby food, cooking oil, margarine, mayonnaise, salad dressing, and chewing gum.
- Juices and soft drinks like Coca-Cola and Pepsi contain corn sweeteners. A bushel of corn can sweeten 400 cans of soft drink.
- Corn is used as livestock feed, as human food, as biofuel, as a raw material in the industry..
- The antioxidants present in corn also act as anti-carcinogenic agents and prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
Cooking the Corn
When Shopping for Corn: Look for bright green, tight-fitting fresh-looking silk and kernels that are plump but not too large. Corn tastes best if it is purchased and cooked the same day that it was picked. If that’s not possible, wrap unhusked ears in damp paper towels and refrigerate the corn up to 2 days (maximum).
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Preparing for Cooking
Prepare to cook the Corn. Pull the green husks off the ears and remove the silk just before cooking. Do not put the corn husks or silk in your garbage disposal. If there are any bad spots on the ears, cut them out. Break off any long stems, so the corn will fit easily into the pan. If any ears are too long for your pan, cut or break them in half.
Cook by Boiling it
Fill a Dutch oven about half full of water. Do not add any salt because that will make the corn tough. Place the corn in the water. Cover and heat to boiling over high heat. Once water is boiling, continue cooking uncovered 2 minutes. Remove from heat, and let stand uncovered about 10 minutes or until tender when pierced with a fork. Lift corn from the water with tongs, allowing extra water to drip off. Serve immediately with margarine or butter, salt, and pepper.
Cook by Microwaving it
Place corn and 1/4 cup water in an 8-inch square microwavable dish. Cover with plastic wrap, folding back 2-inch edge to vent. Microwave on High 9 to 14 minutes, rearranging ears with tongs after 5 minutes, until tender when pierced with a fork. Let stand covered 5 minutes. Lift corn from the water with tongs, allowing extra water to drip off.
Per serving: 77 Calories (kcal); 1g Fat; (10% calories from fat); 3g Protein; 17g Carbohydrate; 0mg Cholesterol; 14mg Sodium
Corn Health Benefits
There are a lot of vitamins and minerals in this vegetable. More and more pregnant women eat corn due to its active minerals and apport for their health, or baby’s health.
Vitamins and Minerals
- An essential trace element, manganese occurs in high amounts in whole grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables. It’s poorly absorbed from corn due to this vegetable’s phytic acid content.
- Found in decent amounts in both popcorn and sweet corn, phosphorus is a mineral that plays an important role in the growth and maintenance of body tissues.
- Poor levels of magnesium may increase your risk of many chronic illnesses, such as heart disease. The corn has this important mineral.
- Vitamin B5. No need to speak about this vitamin. You need it, period.
- Vitamin B6 serves various functions in your body, and one of the most important vitamins your body needs.
- An essential nutrient, potassium is important for blood pressure control and may improve heart health.
- Ferulic acid. This is one of the main polyphenol antioxidants in corn.
- One of the main carotenoids in corn, lutein serves as an antioxidant, protecting your eyes from oxidative damage produced by blue light.
- Zeaxanthin is one of the most common plant carotenoids, and is improving eye health.
The Benefits of Eating Corn
Here, i’ll make a short resume about corn health and body benefits and give a link for more information after.
Corn oil has been shown to have an anti-atherogenic effect on cholesterol levels, thus reducing the risk of various diseases. Reduce the chances of arteries becoming clogged, lower blood pressure, and minimize the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Diabetes under Control
Studies have shown that consumption of corn decreases the risk in the development of type 2 diabetes. Phytochemicals can regulate the absorption and release of insulin in the body, which can reduce the chance of spikes and drops for diabetic patients and help them maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Bye Bye Hemorrhoids
The corn can be used for digestive problems such as and hemorrhoids, as well as lowering the risk of colon cancer.
Anemia Prevention – who? where? huh? what?
Corn contains iron, which is one of the essential minerals needed to form new red blood cells; a deficiency of iron is one of the main causes of anemia.
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