Taste the best of both worlds

Taste the best of both worlds

One of the most popular and versatile vegetables, corn is a high-fibre, fat-fighting kernel of goodness. It is said that the kernels we eat off the cob are classified as vegetables, but when we dry and pop those kernels into popcorn, it is considered a grain. 

High in fibre, low in fat, it is a wonderful source of essential nutrients. Corn is a nutritional powerhouse, rich in antioxidants and fibre. The antioxidants found in corn include carotenoids, vitamin C and vitamin E. One medium-sized ear of corn provides over 10 percent of our daily requirement for dietary fibre. There are two types of dietary fibre - soluble and insoluble - and corn contains both!

n The fibre found in corn helps reduce blood cholesterol levels. It is the insoluble fibre that binds to cholesterol, preventing it from being absorbed into the bloodstream.

n 1 cup serving of yellow corn has 3.9 grams of fibre, and the same serving of white corn has 4.2 grams of fibre. 

The insoluble fibre found in corn adds bulk to stool and helps prevent constipation. It also helps rid your body of toxins faster.

n Corn contains carotenoids that are especially good for your eyes: lutein and zeaxanthin. 

n One cup of yellow corn contains 392 milligrams of potassium, and 1 cup of white corn contains 416 milligrams. 

Getting more potassium in your diet can improve blood pressure.