Boiled or baked, corn is one of the simplest and most delicious snacks of the summer. However, there are tons of myths about corn, which almost convinced people that it’s not that healthy at all!
Curious about them? Let’s debunk them together, shall we?
Myth #1: Corn is genetically modified
Truth: Most people mistake the sweet corn that you can find in supermarkets with crop corn, used for feeding animals, ethanol or high fructose corn syrup (HFC). Only a part of the crops used for transforming it in such products can be genetically modified.
If you want to be absolutely sure that you one you consume is absolutely safe, look for the ‘organic’ tag on the label. Genetically modified crops can’t be labeled like this!
Myth #2: Corn has too much sugar and it gets you fat
Truth: A corn cob has nearly the same number of calories as an apple and less than a quarter of its sugars. In other words, it can be one of the healthiest choices, especially if you grill it.
As a side note, bananas have much more sugar, but they’re still recommended in many diets, since they contain the same amount of calories as a corn cob, but two to three times as much sugar!
Myth #3: Corn doesn’t have any health benefits
Trust: This is nothing but one of the most widespread myths about corn. Sweet corn contains lutein and zeaxanthin, two very important antioxidants, great for your sight and skin. An average cob contains 3 grams of dietary fiber as well!
Most studies have proven that a diet rich in lutein and zeaxanthin can slow sight degradation and prevent cataract. Also, let’s not forget about the amounts of vitamin B, vitamin C, magnesium and potassium it contains!