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7 Incredible Benefits of Baby Corn You Must Know



Used extensively in Asian and oriental cooking, baby corn has been touted as one of the healthiest veggies you can add to your stir fries and salads. Baby corns are just regular corns which are picked before maturing. In terms of nutritive profile too, baby corn and corns vary very slightly. In fact, for those trying to lose weight baby corn may just prove to be a better bet, because of its relatively lesser starch content. Baby corns have found a popular fan following in the west too. It is one of the most imported vegetables across the world. Here are some essential benefits of baby corn you must know.

1. Low In Calories

Baby corn is very low in calories. 100 grams of baby corn has only 26 calories. Adding the lovely veggie to your weight reduction diet may help you shed some quick and easy pounds.

2. Rich In Fibre

Baby corns picked in the correct age are full of beneficial fibres, notes the book ‘Healing Foods’, by DK Publishing. Soluble fibre helps control blood sugar levels, and is also good for heart. Fibre adds bulk to the stool and aids in bowel regularity. Fibre takes the longest to digest, thereby inducing a feeling of fullness. This feeling prevents you from bingeing into other high-fat foods.

3. Low-Carb Veggie

While corn is famous for its high starch and carb content, baby corn is less starchy. It has 0.9 grams per one serving (28 grams). It also has negligible fat content, which makes it a better bet for weight loss.

4. Nutrient Dense

Baby corn is an extremely nutrient dense veggie. In addition to essential fibres and proteins, baby corns are packed with vital antioxidants too. It is said that just half cup serving meets 4 percent of the daily body requirement of vitamin A and iron, and 2 percent of the daily requirement of vitamin C.

5. Stimulates Digestion

Baby corn is packed with both soluble and insoluble fibres. Fibres help stimulate a healthy digestion. A healthy digestive system may also help in healthy and effective weight loss.

6. Promotes Healthy Vision

Yellow baby corn, much like the matured corn has a decent amount of carotenoids. Carotenoids support eye health and lower the risk of cataracts.

7. Rich Source Of Folate

Baby corns are a rich source of folate. The folic acid is said to play an important role in preventing neural-tube birth defects in the foetus. Pregnant women may want to add baby corn in their pregnancy diet for healthy nutrition.

From weight loss to healthy vision, baby corn is a storehouse of health benefits. Don’t let its mini size deceive you into believing otherwise.

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