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Advice on Corn

Corn contain significant amounts of folate which help and protect the cardiovascular health.

Scientific Name :    

Zea mays 


The stems of the corn plant resemble that of a bamboo with nodes and can grow 8 to 12 inches high. In every node, flag-like leaves grown and under those leaves, the ears of the corn grows closely to the stem. It  produces one to three ears per stalk.

The base of the corn is called an ear and rows of kernels pile completely cover the ear's surface. The kernels are protected by silk-like threads which are called "corn silk" and each ear is encased in leaves that make up the husk.

There are varieties of corn and they are usually broiled before eating. The taste of the kernels range from mild to sweet. In sweet corns, the kernels are milky, sweet and just delicious.


Corn kernels do not only come in yellow but in red, pink, black and blue as well.

Nutritional Information and Facts

Corn has Vitamin B as such Thiamine, B6, Niacin, Riboflavin and a significant amount of folate.


Corn is rich in:

  • Phosphorus
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Zinc
  • Copper
  • Iron
  • Selenium

Corn also has a small amount of potassium.

It has some traces of Vitamin A and E.


Health Benefits:

  • Helps in kidney problems.
  • Helps protect the heart.
  • Helps lower the risk of colon cancer.
  • Enhances metabolism.
  • Promotes maintenance for normal growth and bone health.
  • Acts as anti-oxidants that protect the body from cancer causes.
  • Prevents anemia.
  • Provides protection against diabetes and hypertension.

Word of Advice:

Choose corns which are grown organically to avoid possible allergies or irritations brought about by the chemicals used in commercial farming.

Nutritional Values
Preparation Serving Size Carbs Fiber (g) Fat (g) Energy (kj)
Corn on a cob 1 (70g) 13 3 0 240
Corn Kernals - canned 100g 18.5 3 1 395
Creamed Corn - canned 100g 20 4 1 340
Baby Corn - canned 6 (100g) 2.5 3.5 0 75