While it might sound surprising to some people who are used to thinking about corn as a plain, staple food, a snack food, or a summertime party food, corn provides us with well-documented antioxidant benefits. Amongst the variety of antioxidants found in corn, it also provides good sources of vitamin C and mineral manganese, both of which have antioxidant roles in the body. Drying corn does not significantly lower the antioxidant content.
At 4.6 grams of fiber per cup, corn is a good fiber source. Corn fiber supports the growth of friendly bacteria in our large intestine and can also be transformed by these bacteria into short chain fatty acids. These short chain fatty acids supply energy to our intestinal cells and thereby help lower the risk of intestinal problems, including risk of colon cancer.
Blood Sugar Benefits
Given its good fiber content, its ability to provide many B-complex vitamins including vitamins B1, B5 and folic acid, and its notable protein content (about 5-6 grams per cup), corn is a food that would be expected to provide blood sugar benefits. Fiber and protein are key macronutrients for stabilizing the passage of food through the digestive tract. Sufficient fiber and protein content in a food helps prevent too rapid or too slow digestion of that food. By evening out the pace of digestion, protein and fiber also help prevent too rapid or too slow uptake of sugar from the digestive tract up into the bloodstream. Once the uptake of sugar is steadied, it is easier to avoid sudden spikes or drops in blood sugar.