Eat healthy, eat yellow
Updated: 2011-08-30 14:47
By Cindy Gu (chinadaily.com.cn)
The fiber content of one cup of corn amounts to nearly one fifth of the daily recommended intake of fiber. Fiber helps us stay regular, and staying regular is very important. It reduces the risk of intestinal and colon cancer. Besides, if you can get rid of the waste, why keep it?
Corn is rich in calories but low in fat. It is also rich in vitamin B constituents, especially Thiamin, which helps to maintain nerve health. The yellowness of corn comes from beta-carotene that forms vitamin A in the body, essential for keeping our eyes bright and skin beautiful. Kernels of corn are rich in vitamin E, another antioxidant that prevents premature aging.
Corn silk, or the hair-like things on the corn husk, often doesn't get the spot light it deserves. Keep the hair of corn intact when boiling them; it enriches the flavor. However, even if you are grilling your corn, or performing some other culinary tricks to them that do not require the corn silk, do not throw them away quite yet. In TCM, cork silk is regarded as a diuretic when boiled in water. It also acts to reduce and regular blood sugar.
A healthy life starts with healthy food. Bon appétit!
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