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Ayush admin Nov 24, 2020

Nutritional benefits of corn

Corn also known as Maize is the most popular and widely cultivated cereal grains in the world. Corn contains 73% of water. It is mainly composed of carbohydrate. Corns are rich in fibre, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and has only small amount of proteins and fat.

Sweet corn is a type of maize with high sugar content. Corn is also called as ‘Musukina Jola’ in Kannada, ‘Makkacholam‘ in Tamil, ‘Mokka Jonnalu‘ in Telugu , Bhutta/Makkai/Challi in Hindi. Corn is said to have originated in Mexico and Central America. Though corn is considered as vegetable, it is also considered as whole grain, or fruit, depending on what form you eat.

Types of Corn There are 6 types of corn

  • Pod
  • Popcorn
  • Dent
  • Flour corn
  • Flint
  • Sweet corn

Interesting facts about the Corn

  • Every cob of corn has even number of rows
  • Most corn is produced in USA

Other Uses of Corn

The starch of corn is used to make plastic and other chemical products such as adhesives. About 40% of the corn that is produced is used in the production of Ethanol which is a renewable fuel known as Biomass. Ethanol is a type of alcohol that is used as fuel for internal combustion engine. It reduces the oil dependence and green house gas emissions.

Used as Currency

In olden days, Corn is considered very valuable and used as alternative to currency by the people of North America. Corn was used as a source of money to trade the goods or items. Corns are very delicious Corns are very tasty and are used to prepare various delicious dishes. Various corn dishes are Corn salsa, corn pasta salad, corn pizza.

Health Benefits of Corn

  • Supports good digestion
  • Prevents Anemia
  • Provides Energy
  • Lowers LDL cholesterol
  • Helps to gain Weight
  • Prevents Diabetes, Hypertension
  • Strengthens the connective tissue
  • Improves Eye vision
  • Fights Cancer
  • Provides protection again cardiovascular and Alzheimer’s diseases