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Top 9 reasons why corn or bhutta is an ideal snack!

This rainy season, don't hesitate to munch on bhuttas!

Written by Sameer Jha |Updated : August 20, 2017 6:18 PM IST

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Are you feeling hungry? What about munching corn or bhutta? An all-time favourite snack of many Indians, this crunchy and delicious corn or bhutta is an ultimate food especially during monsoons. Packed with a wide range of nutrients and available in myriad flavours, there are more reasons to eat it rather than its taste and flavour. Here s what you need to know about corn.

#1 Helps reduce cholesterol

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You might know that bad cholesterol is responsible for the rising heart ailments among India s urban population. Being rich in Vitamin C, bioflavinoids, carotenoids and fibre, corn help in reducing cholesterol and also prevents your arteries from getting blocked. This in turn lowers your risk of heart disease. Not only corn, there are numerous foods that you consume on a daily basis which can lower your blood cholesterol levels.

#2 Prevents cancer

Corn is rich in antioxidants and flavonoids which have been linked to a reduced the risk of cancer. This is because, antioxidants neutralize the negative effects of the harmful free radicals compounds that put you at risk of cancer. Additionally, corn contains ferulic acid which plays a key role in reducing the size of tumours present in the breast and liver and thus, aid in cancer treatment.

#3 Keeps your skin healthy

As we age, our skin suffers from free radical damage which is why we have wrinkles. Corn is rich in beta-carotene which forms Vitamin A, Vitamin C and other antioxidants which keeps your skin healthy and prevents signs of ageing. So, the next time you eat corn you know that it going to make you look young.

#4 Improves bone health

Did you know that corn is rich in minerals like zinc, phosphorus, magnesium and iron? Well, these minerals play a vital role in maintaining your bone health. It also protects you from various bone-related diseases such as arthritis.

#5 Prevents eye problems

Corn is packed with beta-carotene, a compound which helps in the formation of Vitamin A. This vitamin is known to improve your vision and also prevent various eye-related problems. Apart from this, the presence of carotenoids in corn reduces your risk of developing age-related macular degeneration.

#6 Increases your energy

Carbohydrates are the main source of energy. As corn is loaded with carbohydrates, eating this food provides you sufficient energy along with filling your stomach. What's more, the carbs present in corn are such that they are absorbed slowly by your body, thus helping you stay energetic for a longer time. Did you know about these 10 amazing instant energy boosters?

#7 Fights constipation

Constipation can be a really irritating condition to deal with. However, eating corn might help you to effectively fight this condition. Corn is rich in fibre which helps in clearing the food stuck in your colon. According to research, corn can also help in the production of healthy bacteria in your large intestine. Here are some more home remedies you can try to relieve constipation.

#8 Prevents anaemia

Anaemia is a disease that is caused due to the deficiency of iron and hence, eating foods rich in iron are recommended. As corn contains high amounts of iron, including boiled corn in your diet can help you to fulfil your daily requirement of iron and thus, keep anaemia at bay. Moreover, it also contains folic acid a vitamin that helps in production of blood cells.

#9 Great for pregnant women

Research has suggested that folic acid or Vitamin B9, present in corn, is an extremely important nutrient for pregnant women. This is because, deficiency of folate can lead to neural tube defects or malformation of the spine in the developing baby. Apart from this, folic acid reduces the risk of intrauterine growth retardation in the baby and gestational anaemia. Read more about importance of having folic acid during pregnancy.

With so many health benefits, it makes sense to include this delicious corn in your list of healthy snack items.

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