There’s a line in “The Sasquatch Gang” that never fails to make my kids and I laugh, though it is easy to miss it and, I suppose, equally easy to fail to see the humor. One of the teens is talking about another’s bathroom habits and a third kid says, “Tell them about the corn.” The inescapable fact is that corn is not a particularly easy food to fully digest and it does tend to make a second appearance in a less than appetizing way. Don’t let that scare you away from the many nutritional benefits to be gained from making corn a regular part of your diet, however. Here’s just three of those benefits to get you started.
One large ear of sweet yellow corn can provide you with more than 15% of the amount of folate that is recommended for the average person. Pregnant women are advised to consume more than the average amount of folate precisely because studies have linked increased folate to preventing neural tube defects in babies. Even those who aren’t pregnant or not even woman can benefit from the folate found in corn, however. Folate may also be capable of reducing the risk the typically healthy individual faces for heart disease and cancer. And just so there’s no confusion, you may find health and nutritional information about folate that speaks about folic acid. Same thing, different name.
Corn is one of the foods most widely enjoyed that is most abundant in two carotenoids called lutein and zeaxanthin. These carotenoids hold the potential for being extremely important to people for a number of health-related issues. Macular degeneration is at the forefront for causing blindness as people age and both lutein and zeaxanthin facilitate the process of filtering blue light high on the wavelength scale that contributes to this encroaching blindness. An ear or two of corn a few times a week as you begin to move into middle age just may keep you seeing once you pass into your twilight years. The antioxidant properties inherent in lutein has the potential to provide significant protection against a form of vascular disease known as atherosclerosis.
Feeling fatigued? Forget that five hour energy crap that has never worked one little bit for me. If it works for you, that’s great. Keep in mind it’s probably a placebo effect. Want some genuine spark in your pants that tastes exponentially better than old-school medicine-like taste of those little energy drinks? Eat corn on a regular basis and you will up your daily intake of thiamine. What’s thiamine? One of those incredible B-vitamins of the type that people sometimes actually get injected right into their bodies. One big ear of corn has the possibility of giving you one-fifth of your daily recommended amount of thiamine. Regular and consistent consumption of corn can take advantage of its thiamin content to keep you alert, focused and energetic.