There’s nothing quite like a crisp cob of sweet corn when you feel hungry. But even though there’s no contesting the deliciousness of corn — just off the grill is our preference, but also great from the over the grill or even roasted — there seem to be a few myths that persist about the healthfulness of the vegetable. After all, something so sweet and delicious surely has to have a downside, right?
Corn is Unhealthy.
No! Corn is a vegetable that contains nutrients, and an ear definitely counts as one of your daily servings of veggies, McDaniel says. The idea that corn is unhealthy likely came about because corn is high in starch, which is a carbohydrate. And “with the carb-phobia phase we went through over the last few years, that’s probably where corn got a bad rap, along with the beloved potato,” she explains.
2. Your Body Cannot Digest Corn — and That’s a Bad Thing.
While it’s true that corn has high amounts of insoluble fiber — meaning, the kind of fiber that goes through the body intact and gets those bowel movements going — this is not a bad thing, McDaniel says. Sure, if you eat a lot of corn, you might see some of it in your stool, but insoluble fiber has been shown in research to help feed the “good” bacteria in our gut. “If we’re looking at getting lots of good fiber in our diet, it’s good that [corn] has a higher ratio of insoluble to soluble fiber because it feeds the good gut bacteria in our body,” she explains.
3. Corn isn’t a Good Source of Nutrient
Corn contains a certain amount of vitamin B and C, as well as magnesium and potassium. Yellow corn is also a good source of antioxidants, which are good for eyes.
4. You shouldn’t Eat Corn because it’s Really High in Sugar
You don’t stop having bananas just because you think they’re high in sugar. Then why should you do the same for corn? A cob of corn has around 6 to 8 grams of sugar, while a banana has about 15.
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