Sweetcorn kernels are the fruit of the ‘Zea Mays’ plant. Packed with nutrients, including vitamins B1, B3, B5 ,B6 ,folic acid , and the minerals phosphorus and manganese, this wonderful plant is also rich in an array of phytonutrients and high in fibre.
The unique amalgamation of phytonutrients in sweetcorn provides general antioxidant protection. However it is the lutein and zeaxanthin, which are especially beneficial for eye health. Studies have indicated that these nutrients can help reduce the risk of AMD (Age-related macular degeneration) and cataracts.
Preliminary studies have also found that some of the phytonutrients in corn may have an action that helps to reduce the risk of high blood pressure.
The rich fibre content of sweetcorn, greatly benefits our digestive system. The fibre helps to promote the growth of friendly bacteria in the large intestine and can reduce the risk of intestinal health conditions.
The combination of the fibre and protein content of sweetcorn can also help with blood sugar control. By balancing the uptake of sugar into the gastrointestinal system, blood sugar levels can be stabilized.
To maintain the most nutrients and flavour, steam for 5 minutes, and drizzle with olive oil and a pinch of black pepper and Himalayan salt. For an extra kick, add lime juice and chilli powder to your steamed cob. Add sweetcorn to soups, stir fries and salads or combine with pulses to make tasty vegetarian patties.
My 'Nutritional Nugget' written for Field to Fork Organics