So today let's talk about the benefits and the detriment of corn.
The good new is that it contains valuable B vitamins which are important to your overall health. Corn also provides essential minerals such as zinc, magnesium, copper, iron and manganese. And it's rich in fiber and plant compounds that may aid digestive and eye health.
Okay . . . that's if you grow the corn yourself in an organic garden without pesticides.
So what's the real scoop on Corn????
Well . . . first and foremost . . . corn of today is a GMO crop.
Corn is one of the most genetically modified crops in the world. In fact . . . 92% of this crop grown in the US starting in 2016 was genetically modified. So basically . . . all the corn and corn product you are consuming are GMO foods today.
And as we know this is all the sweet corn, popcorn, tortillas, polenta, chips, cornmeal, grits, oil, syrup which is added to countless other foods and dishes. So it's very hard to get away from consuming this GMO crop because it seems to be in everything we eat today,.
Current research on the safety of GMO corn for humans is limited and conflicting. Obviously the manufacture of these products say their test results prove GMO corn is safe. But . . . many other studies has linked consumption of GMO corn with toxic effects on the liver, kidneys and other organs.
So how does this GMO thing really work?
Well . . . GMO soybeans, corn and cotton were created by adding a single "gene" from bacteria to create a genetic tweak in these plants.
Okay . . . so why is this corn and corn products so detrimental to our health?
Corn is high in starch which can "spike" blood sugar levels and can "prevent" weight loss. And due to corn containing "phytic acid" . . . it can reduce mineral absorption which can cause digestive upset such as bloating, gas and diarrhea. Plus . . . corn is high in carbs
So even though corn is rich in vitamins and minerals. . . . . is the GMO corn worth the risk of possible disease or health condition down the road?
So next time your're looking for a good choice as a snack for weight loss, please think twice. Because the "starch" from corn also feeds the "bad" bacteria that we have spoken about so many times in previous Health tips.
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