Maize: Benefits, Side Effects, Calories and More

Maize is a well-known cultivated plant. In the stores on demand, it is almost not inferior than rice, buckwheat and wheat. Polenta is delicious, nutritious and healthy. Cultivating started by the ancient Mayans and Aztecs. Corn was the main component of their diet.

Calories in maize

Corn is low-calorie food, so nutritionists advise to include it more often in your diet.

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Benefits of maize

Maize is a rich source of vitamins: iron, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and other trace elements. Its composition contains 26 elements of the periodic table. Corn is rich in vitamins B, E, A, PP, which are very useful for the females, has beneficial effects on hair and skin, help to cope with depression. Corn has anti-aging properties, it is recommended to be used by elderly.

Incomparable benefit of boiled maize is that during heating, the shell of grain is not destroyed, which means that it does not lose its useful qualities. Valuable amino acids included in its composition such as lysine and tryptophan, which are not produced in the human body alone, normalize intestinal function and muscle tone.

There is a big benefit of boiled corn for people with diabetes because it stabilizes blood sugar levels, for people with allergies, anemia, obesity, anorexia, liver and heart diseases Canned corn is good because it retains most of its nutrients and it increases sodium content during preservation.

Side effects of maize

Harmful affects of maize is perceptible for people who have a tendency to thrombosis and excessive blood clotting. There is also a side effect of boiled corn, eating it in large quantities can cause headaches and stomach disorders.

Harms of canned corn is revealed when the liquid will be proccessed with the consistency of the metal cans.

If a diet includes corn, benefits and harms of which depend on individual characteristics of the organism, and there were health problems is worth to make sure that it is not the source of sickness.

8 Comments

  1. lakhwinder singh

    I HAVE GLUTEN ALLERGY,MY DOCTOR ADVISED ME TO HAVE BREAD OF MAIZE.I HAVE BEEN TAKING IT SINCE LAST ONE YEAR.I HAVE ITCHING PROBLEM.I HAVE THYROID ALSO.TAKING MEDICINE REGULARLY AND KEEPING IT UNDER CONTROL.WHAT SHOULD I DO TO GET RID OF ITCHING.SHOULD I STOP MAIZE BREAD,IF YES THEN WHAT TO EAT TO AVOID WHEAT ALLERGY.i am 66 years old.

    Reply
    • maisteri

      Itching may develop not only due to allergies, as a matter of fact, it may be a manifestation of other disorders, therefore, you should consult with your GP. Maize does not contain gluten so it’s unlikely that the bread has caused your itching.

      Reply
      • John

        Hello, a friend was recently treated of breast cancer with chemotherapy/radiotherapy.

        Someone told her to boil Maize -chaff and drink the water which she did

        Now the the breast is swollen.
        What can she do please

        Reply
        • maisteri

          The Maize water probably has nothing to do with the breast swelling. Your friend should visit the treating physician as the swelling may occur as a complication of the previous treatment or caused by the infection.

          Reply
  2. Itunuoluwa

    What’s is the useful of maize chaff to human consumption.
    How can human consume the chaff alone and what are the benefits to human health and it’s side effects?
    Thanks

    Reply
    • maisteri

      It is considered that chaff contains B vitamins. However, you can’t consume it alone as it doesn’t provide any other nutrients and isn’t, in general, recommended consuming as our digestive system cannot digest such food. Whole-grain foods are an excellent source of vitamins and fiber, therefore, are an essential part of a healthy diet.

      Reply
  3. Sangiwe

    Hi. I’m addicted to raw uncooked maize meal!flour. I consume about a full bowl a day. What negative effects does this have?

    Reply
    • maisteri

      Raw flour may be contaminated with some harmful bacteria including E.coli. Additionally, raw flour may cause constipation and indigestion – when you eat raw flour it’ll mix with the saliva and stomach acid forming a dough which is hard to digest and may literally “stuck” in your guts.
      Therefore, it is strongly not recommended eating nor raw flour/dough neither undercooked dough. Stay healthy and maintain a healthy diet!

      Reply

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