Corn: properties, nutritional values, calories

He but (Zea mays) is a plant that belongs to the Graminaceae family. Prich in gluten and rich in iron and minerals, it is useful in case of anemia, suitable for celiac disease sufferers and an excellent food for pregnant women and weaning children. Let's find out better. 

> 1. Description of the maize

> 2. Properties and benefits of corn

> 3. Calories and nutritional values ​​of corn

> 4. Ally of

> 5. Curiosities about corn

> 6. A recipe up your sleeve

Corn: properties, nutritional values, calories


Description of corn

The name Zea mays comes from Zao, which means "I draw life". Based on its etymology, corn is therefore a useful food for life. This cereal originating from America arrived in Europe, like many foods from the New World, thanks to Christopher Columbus.

In reality, however, its use spread widely in the field of human nutrition and natural medicine of the Old Continent only in the nineteenth century.

Today corn is a widely known food all over the world; it is used in the form of oil, flour, starch and grains and therefore lends itself to different preparations and different uses in the kitchen.


Properties and benefits of corn

Il but it is a gluten-free cereal, therefore it can enter the diet of those suffering from celiac disease.

It is a source of folic acid and vitamin B1; it is therefore suitable fornutrition in pregnancy and for children, starting from early childhood: cream of corn is one of the first foods to be introduced into the diet during weaning.

In addition, corn has a good amount of iron and other minerals; it is therefore useful in case of anemia. It is particularly digestible and is rich in dietary fiber, which is why it is a precious ally for stomach e intestine.

Finally, the fibers contained in corn slow down the absorption of sugars, thus helping to keep blood glucose levels low. Thanks to its properties, it also contributes to keeping LDL cholesterol values ​​low; the so-called "bad" one.

Corn is therefore an excellent food; however, it is also used in herbal medicine, to obtain useful products to counteract diabetes, hypotension, hypokalaemia, overweight, fluid retention and colonic spasms.


Calories and nutritional values ​​of corn

100 g of corn contains 353 kcal / 1475 kj.

Furthermore, for every 100 g of this product, we have:

  • Water 12,5 g
  • G carbohydrates 75,1
  • Sugars 2,5 g
  • 9,2 g protein
  • 3,8 g fat
  • Cholesterol 0 g
  • Total fiber 2 g
  • Sodium 35 mg
  • Potassium 287 mg
  • Iron 2,40 mg
  • Calcium 15 mg
  • Phosphorus 256 mg
  • Magnesium 120 mg
  • Zinc 2,21 mg
  • Copper 0,31 mg
  • Selenium 15,50 µg
  • Vitamin B1 0,36 mg
  • Vitamin B2 0,20 mg
  • Vitamin B3 1,50 mg
  • Vitamin A 62 µg
  • Vitamin C 0 mg


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Corn: properties, nutritional values, calories


Curiosities about corn

The Indians of Peru use corn as amazing. It seems, in fact, that it has the capacity to provoke psychic excitement; this property is attributed to the presence of alkaloids, substances which are recognized as having properties similar to those of drugs.


A recipe up your sleeve

Corn is widely available on the market in various forms and it is therefore possible to obtain different dishes, from the appetizer, to the first, to the side dish, to the second, to the dessert.

Have you ever tried having a simple breakfast corn bun? Here she is prescription.


  • 300 grams of corn flour (the foil, not the one for making polenta),
  • half a glass of corn oil,
  • a jar of natural or lemon yogurt,
  • 3 eggs,
  • 100 grams whole cane sugar,
  • a sachet of baking powder (or, alternatively, cream of tartar),
  • the grated rind of an untreated lemon.

Preparation: put all the ingredients in a large bowl and, with the use of an electric mixer, obtain a homogeneous mixture, neither too soft nor too hard. Pour into a donut-shaped mold, cook in the oven at 180 degrees for 30/35 minutes.


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