Incredibly Edible Corn
California produces 16% of the nation’s sweet corn, ranking #2 in the US.
Corn is America’s most important cash crop, with more than 87 million harvested acres generating a crop value of $47.38 billion in 2008. Most of California’s corn crop is harvested to use as silage, which is fed to dairy cows and other ruminant animals.
As of 2012, the United States produces 40% of the worlds total harvest making it the biggest maize producer in the world .
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The Many Health Benefits of Corn
Corn provides many health benefits due to the presence of quality nutrients within. Besides being a delicious addition to any meal, it is also rich in phytochemicals, and it provides protection against a number of chronic diseases. Some of the well-researched and widespread health benefits of corn are listed below.
Corn Contains a Rich Source of Calories
The calorific content of corn is 342 calories per 100 grams, which is among the highest for cereals. It is why corn is often turned to for quick weight gain, and combined with the ease and flexibility of growing conditions for corn, the high calorie content makes it vital for the survival of dozens of agricultural-based nations.
Eating Corn Reduces Risk of Hemorrhoids & Colorectal Cancer
Corn aids in alleviating digestive problems such as constipation and hemorrhoids, as well as lowering the risk of colon cancer due to corn being a whole-grain. The fiber in corn helps to bulk up bowel movements, which stimulates peristaltic motion and even stimulates the production of gastric juice and bile. It can also add bulk to overly loose stools, which can slow reduce the chances of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and diarrhea.
California Corn is a Rich Source of Vitamins
Corn is rich in vitamin B constituents, especially Thiamin and Niacin. Thiamin is essential for maintaining nerve health and cognitive function. Corn is also a good source of Pantothenic acid, which is an essential vitamin for carbohydrate, protein, and lipid metabolism in the body.
Corn provides a large percentage of the daily folate requirement, while the kernels of corn are rich in vitamin E, a natural antioxidant that is essential for growth and protection of the body from illness and disease.
Corn Provides Necessary Minerals
Corn contains abundant minerals which positively benefit the bodies in a number of ways. phosphorous, along with magnesium, manganese, zinc, iron and copper are found in all varieties of corn. Phosphorous is essential for regulating normal growth, bone health and optimal kidney functioning. Magnesium is necessary for maintaining a normal heart rate and for increasing bone strength.
Corn is Packed with Antioxidant Properties
California corn contains a rich source of antioxidants which fight cancer-causing free radicals. In fact, unlike many other foods, cooking actually increases the amount of usable antioxidants in sweet corn. Corn is a rich source of a phenolic compound called ferulic acid, an anti-carcinogenic agent that has been shown to be effective in fighting the tumors which lead to breast cancer as well as liver cancer.
Corn Helps to Protect Your Heart
According to researchers, corn oil has been shown to have an anti-atherogenic effect on cholesterol levels, thus reducing the risk of various cardiovascular diseases. Corn oil, particularly, is the best way to increase heart health, and this is derived from the fact that corn is close to an optimal fatty acid combination.
California Corn Prevents Anemia
The vitamin B12 and folic acid present in corn prevent anemia caused by a deficiency of these vitamins. Corn also has a significant level of iron, which is one of the essential minerals needed to form new red blood cells; a deficiency in iron is one of the main cause of anemia as well.
Corn is High in Vitamin-A Content
Yellow corn is a rich source of beta-carotene, which forms vitamin A in the body and is essential for the maintenance of good vision and skin. Beta-carotene is a great source of vitamin-A because it is converted within the body, but only in the amounts that the body requires. The vitamin-A in corn also benefits the health of skin and mucous membranes, as well as boosts the immune system.
Corn Helps to Control Diabetes & Hypertension
Studies have shown that the consumption of corn kernels assists in the management of non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) and is effective against hypertension due to the presence of phenolic phytochemicals in whole corn. Phytochemicals can regulate the absorption and release of insulin in the body, which can reduce the chance of spikes and drops for diabetic patients and help them maintain a more normal lifestyle.
Corn has a Plethora of Cosmetic Benefits
Corn starch is used in the manufacturing of many cosmetic products and may also be applied topically to soothe skin rashes and irritation. Corn products can be used to replace carcinogenic petroleum products which are major components of many cosmetic preparations.
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Corn Fun Facts
- The corn cob (ear) is actually part of the corn plant’s flower.
- Corn will always have an even number of rows on each cob.
- Corn has an incredibly long shelf life, archeologists have been able to pop 1,000 year old kernels!
- Corn is a major component in many food items like cereals, peanut butter, snack foods and soft drinks.
- There are over 3,500 different uses for corn products.
- Corn is called maize by most countries, it stems from the Spanish word ‘maiz’.
- Corn is a cereal crop that is part of the grass family.
- Farmers grow corn on every continent except Antarctica.
- Corn is also used as feeding fodder for livestock and poultry and found in domestic pet food.
- In the days of the early North America, corn was so valuable that it was used as money and traded for other products such as meat and furs.
- Corn can be produced in various colors including blackish, bluish-gray, purple, green, red, white and the most common yellow.
- There are about 800 kernels in 16 rows on each ear of corn.
- The main ingredient in most dry pet food is corn.
- Corn is used to produce fuel.