Maize is commonly known as corn and is the most cultivated crop on Earth. Globally, maize is the most cultivated staple crop and is used as a primary source of nutrition.
Maize is a good source of vitamins, other than niacin and B12. Yellow maize can provide substantial amounts of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, folacin, magnesium and potassium.
Maize is also low in fat and calories and is a good source of dietary fibre as well as protein.
Benefits of Maize
1. Nutritious and highly appetizing
Maize flour is used to make nutritious bread which is highly palatable, and is easily broken down in the body. When taken at intervals, bread helps to clean the colon and the dextrose produced is commonly used for medicinal purposes.
2. Prevents constipation
Popcorn is a wholesome staple food made by heating small grains. It is easily digested by the body. In addition, it is practically starch-free and not fattening, and is converted into intermediate carbohydrates and dextrine, which is easily absorbed in the body. It promotes peristalsis and is also beneficial in preventing constipation.
3. Reduces stomach acidity
Corn facilitates the removal of toxic food substance and also accelerates the passage of faeces through the intestine. Additionally, it protects the digestive tract thus promoting function of the gall-bladder and reducing stomach acidity.
4. Combats the symptoms of certain cancers
Cereals generally wheat, rice, millet, oatmeal and corn should be eaten in large quantities since they are sources of carbohydrates and starch. According to recent studies, the use of corn helps to combat the effects of certain cancers, as it reduces the development of cancer.
5. Reduce the risk of diabetes and heart diseases
Corn is low in cholesterol and fat content. Cereal or whole grains are great sources of vitamins and minerals, magnesium, fiber and complex carbohydrates. The fiber in whole grains helps to prevent the risk of heart diseases and diabetes, and all its nutrients boost the immune system.