Corn is a very popular vegetable that has been grown in America for hundreds of years. It is served in homes and eating establishments all around the world every single day by millions of people. But does corn have any nutritional value? Read on to find out the answer.
Corn does have nutritional value, but there is also a downside to it. Corn is low in fat, cholesterol and sodium. It is also an excellent source of fiber, thiamin and folate. That's the good news. The bad news is that most of the calories from corn (over 80%) come from carbohydrates. This is why corn can be used to make the low cost sweetener known as corn syrup.
So while corn does have some nutritional value, there are a lot of vegetables that are much healthier. People trying to cut back on carbs or follow a low carbohydrate diet such as Atkins or South beach will not find corn suitable to their needs. Corn has several uses including corn syrup sweetener, corn oil, corn flour and even corn based plastic.
If you are going to eat corn, make sure to also eat a lean protein such as chicken or turkey to go along with it. This provides a very balanced meal full of protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.
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