Real Indian gold

It is no accident that corn is called the gold of the Indians. It is not only tasty, but also a very healthy vegetable, which, due to the content of many nutrients, should be part of any balanced diet. Nutritionists emphasize that corn is an excellent source of vitamins, folic acid, many valuable minerals, fiber and antioxidants. Interestingly, unlike other vegetables, cooking it further increases the amount of active antioxidants.

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1. Source of vitamins and minerals

- 60-70 percent Corn grains are starch, i.e. a complex carbohydrate, which, above all, guarantees energy and saturation for a long time. In addition, corn is also a fairly large dose of fiber that swells in the stomach, giving you a feeling of fullness. By swelling in the intestines, it improves metabolism and improves our metabolism. These two complex carbohydrates are therefore very beneficial both for our digestive system and have a positive effect on our glycaemia - says Justyna Marszałkowska-Jakubik, a dietitian agency.

One glass of corn kernels covers over 18 percent. the daily requirement for fiber. This is very important in the case of all kinds of problems in the functioning of the digestive system. Corn also contains antioxidants. First of all, it is a source of vitamin E and selenium.

- Also contains lutein and zeaxanthin. They are very strong antioxidants that affect the condition of our eyes, prevent cataracts and macular degeneration. Corn is therefore a great source of compounds that improve our vision - explains Justyna Marszałkowska-Jakubik.

Corn contains valuable minerals that have a very beneficial effect on our body. Phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, zinc, iron and copper are just some of them. Nutritionists emphasize that cooked corn contains even more active antioxidants than raw corn, so it is even healthier.

2. For children and adults

- Corn also contains a lot of folic acid, which is recommended as a supplement, both when trying for a baby and during pregnancy. In addition, corn also contains quite a lot of vitamin B3, which, among others, lowers cholesterol, affects the condition of hair and skin - says Justyna Marszałkowska-Jakubik.

Corn lowers cholesterol, has a beneficial effect on the skin and supports the immune system.

- Canned corn is the most popular. In this form, it does not contain vitamin C, but it is still a great source of antioxidants. They are in exactly the same amount as in fresh corn - says Justyna Marszałkowska-Jakubik.

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Corn kernels are filling, but not fattening, so it is recommended to everyone and at any time of the year. For example, cornmeal can be used for various baked goods.

- Corn flour is an excellent source of vitamin E, but it has a fairly short shelf life due to the content of this vitamin, which is a fat-soluble vitamin. After being kept at room temperature for a while, this flour may just start to go rancid. In turn, corn oil is an excellent source of unsaturated fatty acids and vitamin E - explains Justyna Marszałkowska-Jakubik.

According to nutritionists, it is best to prepare popcorn yourself from dry grains. Ready mixes very often have a huge amount of salt or, for example, palm oil, which is harmful to health.

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