Sweet Corn And Weight Loss
Sweet corn is also known as maize and is a very popular cereal grain throughout the world. No childhood and movies are complete without Popcorn and sweet corn. During winters no one can resist a bowl of buttered steaming bowl of sweet corn with a bowl of hot soup. Most of the dieters prefer that as a complete last meal of the day. Are you also one of those?
Sweet Corn Nutrition Facts
Apart from water, corn is chiefly composed of carbs and has a little bit of fat and protein.
Carbs yet low GI
Corn is a low-fat complex carbohydrate that deserves a regular place in any healthy meal plan. Regular corn has some amount of sugar though sweet corn is a special variety of corn which is low in starch but high in sugar. Most of its sugar is sucrose. In spite of high sugar content, sweet corn is low or medium on the GI (glycemic index).
Corn has a good amount of fibre in it. If we consider a 112g pack of popcorn, it has about 16 g of fibre. That much of fiber can meet 42 percent of the daily intake for men and 64 percent of the for women. It has insoluble fiber that tackles digestive ailments and aids weight loss.
Corn has a fair amount of protein in it. Though its protein content depends on its variety. Normally it ranges from 10 to 15 percent.
Corn is a low-fat food with a fat content of 5 to 6 percent. The side product of corn milling, the corn germ is rich in fat and is used to make corn oil. Corn oil is used for cooking. While consumption of whole corn is fine, but some say that corn oil is not a good idea.
It is a mineral that is found in fair amounts in popcorn as well as sweet corn. It plays an important role in the growth and maintenance of the tissues of the body.
Quick Nutritional content of corn:
- Energy – 125(kcals)
- Protein – 4.7 (g)
- Fat – 0.9 (g)
- Complex carbohydrates – 24.6(g)
- Crude fibre – 1.9(g)
- Vitamin A – 32 (ug)
- Thiamine (Vitamin B1) – 0.11(mg)
- Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) – 0.17(mg)
- Niacin (Vitamin B3) – 0.6(mg)
- Vitamin C – 6(mg)
Weight Loss and Sweet Corn
Sweet corn can be a wonderful weight loss tool if used carefully. It adds bulk which helps us feel full sooner. Also it has enough fiber which stays in the stomach longer than other foods. This feeling of fullness stays with us much longer than other foods and thus helps to eat less. Apart from aiding weight loss, corn also provides required calories for improved metabolism.
Corn is wonderfully healthy food till the time we do not use any butter and sauces to it. As soon as we cover it in butter and other fatty sauces, there is a steep increase in the calorie and fat content of an already carbohydrate-rich food. So what needs to be done is, flavor corn with a variety of spices and further increase its already great nutritional value.
Boiling, steaming, microwaving and grilling are the best methods for preparing corn. Prepare corn wisely and aid weight loss.
Here we share a simple corn recipe for the best nutritional retention.
Sweet Corn Salad Recipe for Weight Loss
1 cup boiled/steamed corn
1 small chopped onion
1 small chopped tomato
Half chopped cucumber
Just mix all the ingredients and add a pinch of salt n pepper. Chaat masala and lemon would make it more yumm. Yesss! it is that easy.
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