I love corn, especially corn on the cob and right now with the hot summer days looking very promising, BBQ’s will be a regular and a good BBQ is not complete with a tasty sweet corn on the cob. The question is however; will you gain weight by eating corn?
Apparently the latest health buzz, which I only became aware of today, is corn is fattening. If you’ve been caught up in this buzz and been depriving yourself of delicious corn, because of fear of gaining weight, you’ll be glad to hear that corn is actually very healthy and full of nutrients.
Understand your corn by reading the following snippet, taken from The Times Of India.
Will You Gain Weight By Eating Corn? – Truth Exposed
Tender corn has about 1/3rd the calories of dry corn. At 125 calories per 100 g, it contains about 5 g of protein and negligible amount of fat.
Bangalore-based Registered Dietitian and Wellness Consultant, Sheela Krishnaswamy answers the top 5 FAQs on corn for us:
Corn is full of natural sugars and carbs; does this make it unhealthy? Corn is not at all unhealthy. Since it’s rich in carbs, it’s a great source of energy. High in nutrients, corn is extremely rich in Vitamin B1, Vitamin B5 and Vitamin C, which helps in fighting diseases and generating new cells. High in fibre, corn also helps in lowering cholesterol levels in the body by reducing the levels of blood sugar in diabetics too. A whole grain product, it can be easily included in a healthy diet.
If raw and fresh corn is healthy, then why is popcorn unhealthy? Popcorn is not unhealthy either. It’s a great filler between meals, as long as it’s unbuttered and contains less salt. The buttered and salted popcorn should be restricted because of the fat and sodium content in it. Also, since popcorn is normally eaten while watching television or a movie, there’s a greater chance of eating large quantities of popcorn because one is more engrossed in the film rather than the quantity of popcorn eaten. Excess intake of fat and sodium has its consequences on health, as we all know. Get the next 3 answers on corn here.
So as you can see, if you are trying to adopt a healthy eating plan, then including corn in it would be a wise and healthy choice.
So enjoy your corn and enjoy your summer, remember you body needs a certain amount of nutrients to perform at it’s best, which means performing best to burn fat too. What a great way to stock up on those nutrients by enjoying a nice corn on the cob.
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