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Benefits of Corn And Its Side Effects

The health benefits of Corn are such that it helps in preventing haemorrhoids, promotes growth, helps in weight gain, provides essential minerals, prevents cancer, protects heart, prevents anaemia, lowers LDL Cholesterol, controlls diabetes, provides eye and skin care, provides cosmetic benefits, prevents Diverticular disease.

Benefits of Corn And Its Side Effects

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Corn
Nutritional Value of Corn
Health Benefits of Corn
Helps in preventing Haemorrhoids
Helps in promoting Growth
Helps in weight gain
Provides essential minerals
Helps in preventing cancer
Helps in protecting heart
Helps in preventing anaemia
Helps in lowering LDL Cholesterol
Helps in controlling diabetes
Provides eye and skin care
Provides cosmetic benefits
Prevention of Diverticular Disease
Uses of Corn
Side-Effects & Allergies of Corn
Cultivation of Corn

Corn

Corn (Zea mays), also called Indian corn or maize, cereal plant of the grass family (Poaceae) and its edible grain. The domesticated crop originated in the Americas and is one of the most widely distributed of the world’s food crops. Corn is used as livestock feed, as human food, as biofuel, and as raw material in industry. In the United States the colourful variegated strains known as Indian corn are traditionally used in autumn harvest decorations.

Nutritional Value of Corn

100 grams of boiled yellow corn contains 96 calories of energy, 73% of water, 3.4 grams of protein, 21 grams of carbohydrates, 4.5 grams of sugar, 2.4 grams of fibres, 1.5 grams of fat (of which saturated fat is 0.2 grams, monounsaturated fat is 0.37 grams and polyunsaturated fat is 0.6 grams.), Omega-3 is 0.02 grams and Omega-6 is 0.59 grams and zero Trans-fat.

Health Benefits of Corn

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Corn
Health Benefits of Corn

Helps in preventing Haemorrhoids

The fibre content of one cup of corn amounts to 18.4% of the daily recommended amount. This aids in alleviating digestive problems such as constipation and haemorrhoids, as well as lowering the risk of colon cancer due to corn being a whole-grain. Fibre has long been promoted as a way to reduce colon risk, but insufficient and conflicting data exist for fibre’s relationship with preventing cancer, although whole-grain consumption has been proven to reduce that risk. Fibre helps to bulk up bowel movements, which stimulates peristaltic motion and the production of gastric juice and bile. It can also add bulk to overly loose stools, which can reduce the chances of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and diarrhoea.

Helps in promoting Growth

Corn is rich in vitamin B constituents, especially thiamine and niacin. Thiamine is essential for maintaining nerve health and cognitive function. Niacin deficiency leads to pellagra; a disease characterized by diarrhoea, dementia, and dermatitis that is commonly observed in malnourished individuals. Corn is also a good source of pantothenic acid, which is an essential vitamin for carbohydrate, protein, and lipid metabolism in the body. Deficiency of folic acid in pregnant women can lead to the birth of underweight infants and may also result in neural tube defects in new-borns. Corn provides a large percentage of the daily folate requirement. The kernels of corn are rich in vitamin E, a natural antioxidant that is essential for growth and protection of the body from illness and diseases.

Helps in weight gain

Corn is a rich source of calories and is a staple in many places. The calorific content of corn is among the highest for cereals. This is why, it is often associated with for quick weight gain, and combined with the ease and flexibility of growing conditions for corn, the high-calorie content makes it vital for the survival of dozens of agricultural nations.

Provides essential minerals

Corn consists of abundant minerals, which have positive benefits for the body in a number of ways. Phosphorous, along with magnesium, manganese, zinc, iron, and copper are found in all varieties of corn. It also contains trace minerals like selenium, which are difficult to find in most normal diets. Phosphorous is essential for regulating normal growth, maintaining bone health, and optimal kidney functioning. Magnesium is necessary for maintaining a normal heart rate and for increasing bone mineral density.

Helps in preventing cancer

Researches have proven that corn is a rich source of antioxidants which fight cancer-causing free radicals. Unlike many other foods, cooking actually increases the number of usable antioxidants in sweet corn. It is a rich source of a phenolic compound called ferulic acid, an anti-carcinogenic agent that has been seen to be effective in fighting tumors that lead to breast and liver cancer. Anthocyanin, found in purple corn, also act as scavengers and eliminators of cancer-causing free radicals. Antioxidants play an important role in reducing many of the dangerous forms of cancer because of their ability to induce apoptosis in cancerous cells while leaving healthy cells unaffected. This is particularly relevant when phytochemicals are the source of the antioxidants, which is another type of chemical found in high volumes in corn.

Helps in protecting heart

According to some researchers, corn oil has been shown to have an anti-atherogenic effect on cholesterol levels, thus reducing the risk of various cardiovascular diseases. Corn oil, particularly, is the best way to improve one’s heart health and this is derived from the fact that corn is close to an optimal fatty acid combination. This allows omega-3 fatty acids to eleminate the damaging “bad” cholesterol and replaces them at the binding sites. This on the other hand will reduce the chances of arteries becoming clogged, will reduce blood pressure, and lower the chances of heart attack and stroke.

Helps in preventing anaemia

Corn helps to prevent anaemia caused by a deficiency of these vitamins. Corn also has a significant level of iron, which is one of the essential minerals needed to form new red blood cells and this helps to cope up the deficiency of iron and hence prevents anaemia.

Helps in lowering LDL Cholesterol

Consumption of corn husk oil lowers plasma LDL (bad) cholesterol by reducing cholesterol absorption in the body. This reduction in LDL cholesterol does not mean a reduction in HDL (good) cholesterol, which can have beneficial effects on the body. They include the reduction of heart diseases, prevention of atherosclerosis, and a general scavenging of free radicals throughout the body.

Helps in controlling diabetes

In recent decades, many people throughout the world suffer from diabetes. Although the appropriate reason for this has not yet been found out, it is generally related to nutrition. Studies have shown that the consumption of corn kernels assists in the management of non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) and is effective against hypertension due to the presence of phenolic phytochemicals in whole corn. Phytochemicals can regulate the absorption and release of insulin in the body, which can reduce the chance of spikes and drops for diabetic patients and help them maintain a normal lifestyle.

Provides eye and skin care

Yellow corn being a rich source of beta-carotene forms vitamin A in the body and is essential for the maintenance of good vision and skin. Beta-carotene is a great source of vitamin A because it is converted within the body in accordance to the amount required by the body. However, vitamin A can be toxic if consumed in higher amounts and hence deriving it through beta-carotene transformation is ideal. It also benefits the health of skin and mucus membranes, as well as boosts the immune system. The amount of beta-carotene in the body that is not converted into vitamin A acts as a very strong antioxidant, like all carotenoids and helps to combat terrible diseases like cancer and heart disease. Smokers need to be more careful about their beta-carotene content, because smokers with high beta-carotene levels are more likely to contract lung cancer, while non-smokers with high beta-carotene content are less likely to contract lung cancer.

Provides cosmetic benefits

Cornstarch is used in the manufacturing of many cosmetic products and may also be applied topically to soothe skin rashes and irritation. Corn products can be used for replacing carcinogenic petroleum products which are major components of many cosmetic preparations. Many of the traditional skin creams contain petroleum jelly as a base material, which can often block pores and make skin conditions even worse.

Prevention of Diverticular Disease

Diverticular disease (diverticulosis) is a condition characterized with pouches in the walls of the colon. The main symptoms include cramps, flatulence, bloating, and less often, bleeding and infection. Despite lack of evidence, avoiding popcorn and other high-fibre foods, such as nuts and seeds, has been recommended as a preventive strategy against diverticular disease. In fact, popcorn consumption was found to be protective. It was found in a research that people who ate the most popcorn were 28% less likely to develop diverticular disease than those with the lowest intake.

Uses of Corn

Corn is also used to produce ethanol (ethyl alcohol), a first-generation liquid biofuel. In the United States corn ethanol is typically blended with gasoline to produce “gasohol,” an automotive fuel that is 10% ethanol. Many parts of the corn plant are used in industry. Corn-starch can be broken down into corn syrup, a common sweetener that is generally less expensive than sucrose. High-fructose corn syrup is used extensively in processed foods such as soft drinks and candies. Stalks of corn plant are made into paper and wallboard, the husks are used as filling material and the cobs are used directly for fuel, to make charcoal, and in the preparation of industrial solvents. Corn grain is processed by wet milling, in which the grain is soaked in a dilute solution of sulphurous acid. By dry milling the corn is exposed to a water spray or steam. Corn husks also have a long history of use in the folk arts for objects such as woven amulets and corn-husk dolls.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Corn

No side effects have been found for canned sweet corn, unless a person is allergic to corn. In that case, such persons should avoid not only canned sweet corn, but also corn-starch, corn syrup, corn oil, corn sweeteners, popcorn and other products of corn.

Cultivation of Corn

People first began to farm corn (instead of picking it wild) around 7,500 BC in Mexico, a little later than they started to farm squash and avocados. Gradually people bred the corn plants to have more and more corn - bigger ears, with more kernels, and easier to eat - and fewer leaves. Soon - about 6000 BC - their southern neighbours in Ecuador were growing corn too. By about 1 AD, the Pueblo people in North America also grew corn. When Iroquois people began to grow corn further north, in the north-east part of North America, about 1000 AD, they found that the corn took too long to get ripe, and often frost killed the plant before the corn was ripe. They had to slowly adapt the plant to the northern climate by making it evolve a shorter growing season. In the north, corn only got ripe at the very end of the summer. When English settlers first came to North America in the 1500s, the Iroquois and other Native Americans showed the English settlers how to grow corn too. Today most people in North America eat a lot of corn. Some people eat cornbread. Many people eat corn that has been turned into corn syrup to sweeten things like bread or Coke or Froot Loops. But most people in this country, including modern Pueblo people, also eat corn just the way the Pueblo people did two thousand years ago, as tacos or tortillas, or as popcorn.

Popular Questions & Answers

Hi doctor. I hv been living in hostel since past 2 yrs. And eat in mess. I hv noticed my weight increase and belly fat too. Does eating rice and sweets everyday increase belly fat? please explain why. please give me proper diet.

Diploma in Diet and Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Hyderabad
Aim for long term weight loss @ 2 Kg per month = 12 kgs in 6 months. Aspire to be fit and smart and slim..>> Add more 2-3 Fruits to your daily diet. Double your water intake..>> Cut down Sweets/Biscuits/ Colas/Juices from your diet..>> Cut down Puris/Parathas/Pizzas/Burgers/Fried Rice..>> Eat slowly and mindfully. Reduce portion size..>> Exercise daily - 'Intense' Cardio for 40-60 mins. This will keep you toned and trim..>> Love yourself and respect your body.
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I want a good muscle up body so what diet I should take and also have an head ache problem every second day.

Erasmus Mundus Master in Adapted Physical Activity, MPT, BPTh/BPT
Physiotherapist, Chennai
You just do proper muscular exrcise properly and then take protein rich food items with the guidance of physiotherapist and then take hot water strem for your headache that is enough.

Sir ,I m over weight above 90 and age is 27 year please best option for weight loss.

Diploma in Diet and Nutrition, B.Pharma, MD - Alternate Medicine
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Gurgaon
For weight loss you have to follow low carbs diet with high protein diet and you have to avoid wheat, rice, pulses and sugar and any item made from these items like daliya, poha, corn flakes, oats, biscuits, namkeen etc. Strictly during weight loss because all this foods are rich in carbs. I want more details to guide you in better way.

How I loss weight rapidly and which protein shake is useful to me in gym please make a diet chart for me how I loss my weight rapidly.

B.Sc. - Dietitics / Nutrition, Masters in Nutritional Therapy, Certified Diabetes Educator
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Faridabad
Hi lybrate-user, I would suggest you to follow a diet rich in proteins and fiber (like- animal/plant proteins- chicken, eggs, fish, tofu, soy milk, pulses, soyabean etc and fiber foods like- salad, fruits, vegetables). Also try to keep yourself hydrated the whole day and even during exercises. Also limit the intake of salt after 7 pm and avoid saturated fats and junk foods will you reduce weight. Take protein in natural form from foods and not from the supplements as it will give you the results initially but in the long run once you leave the supplements you may gain back your weight. So try to reduce weight naturally. Good Luck!

Popular Health Tips

Top 7 Reasons To Avoid Sugar Now A Days

M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Top 7 Reasons To Avoid Sugar Now A Days

The sugar found in our food is of two kinds mainly – sucrose and fructose. 

Sucrose or the table sugar increases blood sugar levels and initiates the pancreas to release insulin forces the sugar into cells, thus contributing to fat formation. 

Fructose on the other hand acts upon the liver and hence no insulin is secreted. But fructose is more detrimental to health as it releases the hormone for hunger – ghrelin making us hungrier; one continues to eat, leading to weight gain. Fructose is found in corn syrup which is used to sweeten most processed and packed foods.

Here are top 7 reasons why you should get away from this addictive white powder:

  1. Sugar and cancer: over consumption of sugar has been found to cause cancer. Studies have linked elevated blood sugar levels to cancers in women. Moreover, pancreatic cancer uses fructose to initiate a particular process that aids rapid cell division. Extra sugar present in the bloodstream feeds the cancer cells.
  2. Impact on liver: sugar overdose hits the liver and causes the liver cells to bloat up and become fatter. This leads to liver complications and conditions like fatty liver disease. Research shows that extra calories fatten the liver cells first by 27% while external body gains hardly 2% of fat.
  3. Hurts your heart: excess sugar in the diet contributes to heart diseases and may even damage your arteries. Sugar is known to deplete good cholesterol levels in the blood. Prolonged exposure of the arterial inner walls to sugar causes it to get irritated and less responsive to body’s healing mechanisms. This results in malabsorption of oxygen and other nutrients into the cells.
  4. Addictive properties of sugar: sugar evokes addictive responses within our body which make us crave for it even more. It is a never-ending struggle that is triggered by the feel good hormones like dopamine in our body. However, the receptors that release dopamine weaken over time and hence need more sugar to get activated which leaves us wanting for more.
  5. Aids in ageing: fructose especially contributes to ageing by boosting cell damage and causing cells to die faster. Sugars can also cause wrinkles as they are capable of breaking down the collagen and elastin of skin, which are responsible for the tightness and glow of the skin.
  6. Causes mental anxiety: kicking back on sugar will help you feel more relaxed and less stressed. Excess sugars can also cause depression and reduce cognitive abilities like memory and so on.
  7. Bad teeth and bones: sugar binds with the bacteria of the mouth to form acid that diminishes the quality of your teeth. Similarly, sugar works to deplete vital minerals like calcium which causes osteoporosis and bone loss. Lastly, sugar directly leads to weight gain and diabetes, the silent killer.
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Pioppi Diet

M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai

The pioppi plan is based around avoiding added sugar and refined carbs, and instead building your diet around vegetables and fatty foods like oily fish and olive oil. The plan goes beyond your diet too, with recommended movements and stress-busting breathing exercises.

Eat more of these

Vegetables, nuts and olive oil, for starters. The guide recommends five to seven portions of fibrous veg and low-sugar fruit per day, and at least five of these should be the former. The pioppi plan also recommends two to four tablespoons of olive oil (with food – you don’t have to neck it) and a small handful of nuts every day. The pioppi diet is also big on oily fish like salmon and sardines (three portions a week as a minimum), eggs (ten a week; pioppi chickens aren’t slackers), full-fat dairy, coconut oil and dark chocolate (30g a day).

Avoid these

Sugar. Steer clear of all added sugars. You can’t get around this by opting for honey either – it’s banned, along with syrups and fruit juices. Refined carbohydrates, especially those that are flour-based, also make the pioppi diet’s shitlist. That includes pasta, bread and rice – if you're having them at all they should be viewed as an occasional treat eaten in small portions. You should also avoid cooking with industrial seed oils like sunflower, canola and corn.

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Know More About Weight Loss

BHMS
Homeopath, Delhi
Know More About Weight Loss

The weight loss "industry" is full of myths.

People are being advised to do all sorts of crazy things, most of which have no evidence behind them.

Over the years, however, scientists have found a number of strategies that seem to be effective.

1.  Drink Water.

  • It is often claimed that drinking water can help with weight loss, and this is true.
  • Drinking water can boost metabolism by 24-30% over a period of 1-1.5 hours, helping you burn off a few more calories .
  • One study showed that drinking a half liter (17 oz) of water about a half an hour before meals helped dieters eat fewer calories and lose 44% more weight .

 2. Drink Coffee (Preferably Black)

  • Coffee has been unfairly demonized. Quality coffee is loaded with antioxidants, and can have numerous health benefits.
  • Studies show that the caffeine in coffee can boost metabolism by 3-11%, and increase fat burning by up to 10-29% .
  • Just make sure NOT to add a bunch of sugar or other high-calorie ingredients to it. That will completely negate any benefit you get from the coffee.

3. Drink Green Tea

  • Like coffee, green tea also has many benefits, one of them being weight loss.
  • Green tea contains small amounts of caffeine, but it is also loaded with powerful antioxidants called catechins, which are also believed to work synergistically with the caffeine to enhance fat burning .
  • Although the evidence is mixed, there are many studies showing that green tea (either as a beverage or a green tea extract supplement) can help you lose weight )Cook With Coconut Oil
  • Coconut oil is very healthy. It is high in special fats called medium chain triglycerides, which are metabolized differently than other fats.
  • These fats have been shown to boost metabolism by 120 calories per day, and also reduce your appetite so that you eat up to 256 fewer calories per day .
  • Keep in mind that this is not about adding coconut oil on top of what you're already eating, it is about replacing some of your current cooking fats with coconut oil.

 4. Cut Back on Added Sugar

  • Added sugar is the single worst ingredient in the modern diet, and most people are eating way too much of it.
  • Studies show that sugar (and high fructose corn syrup) consumption is strongly associated with the risk of obesity, as well as diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease and others .
  • If you want to lose weight, you should be cutting back on added sugars. Just make sure to read labels, because even so-called health foods can be loaded with sugar.

 5. Eat Less Refined Carbs

  • Refined carbohydrates are usually sugar, or grains that have been stripped of their fibrous, nutritious parts (includes white bread and pasta).
  • Studies show that refined carbs can spike blood sugar rapidly, leading to hunger, cravings and increased food intake a few hours later. Eating refined carbs is strongly linked to obesity .
  • If you're going to eat carbs, make sure to eat them with their natural fiber.

 6. Go on a Low Carb Diet

If you want to get all the benefits of carb restriction, then consider taking this all the way and going on a low carb diet.

Numerous studies show that such a diet (or "way of eating") can help you lose 2-3 times as much weight as a standard low-fat diet, while improving your health at the same time .

 7. Use Smaller Plates

Using smaller plates has been shown to help people automatically eat fewer calories in some studies. Weird trick, but it seems to work .

 8. Exercise Portion Control or Count Calories

Portion control (eating less) or counting calories can be very useful, for obvious reasons .

There are also studies showing that keeping a food diary and writing down what you eat, or taking pictures of all your meals, can help you lose weight .

9.  Keep Healthy Food Around in Case You Get Hungry

Keeping healthy food close by can help prevent you from eating something unhealthy if you become excessively hungry.

A few snacks that are easily portable and simple to prepare include whole fruits, a handful of nuts, baby carrots, yogurt and a hardboiled egg (or two).

 10. Brush Your Teeth After Dinner

Although I'm not aware of any studies on this, many people recommend brushing your teeth and/or flossing right after dinner. Then you won't be as tempted to have a late-night snack.

11. Do Aerobic Exercise

Doing aerobic exercise (cardio) is an excellent way to burn calories and improve your physical and mental health.

It appears to be particularly effective to lose belly fat, the unhealthy fat that tends to build up around your organs and cause metabolic disease .

 12. Eat More Fiber

Fiber is often recommended for the purpose of weight loss. Although the evidence is mixed, some studies show that fiber (especially viscous fiber) can increase satiety and help you control your weight over the long term .

 13. Eat More Vegetables and Fruits

  • Vegetables and fruits have several properties that make them effective for weight loss.
  • They contain few calories, but a lot of fiber. They are also rich in water, which gives them a low energy density. They also take a while to chew, and are very filling.
  • Studies show that people who eat vegetables and fruits tend to weigh less . These foods are also super healthy and nutritious, so eating them is important for all sorts of reasons.

 14. Chew More Slowly

It can take a while for the brain to "register" that you've had enough to eat. Some studies show that chewing more slowly can help you eat fewer calories and increase the production of hormones linked to weight loss .

 15. Eat More Protein

  • Protein is the single most important nutrient when it comes to losing weight.
  • Eating a high protein diet has been shown to boost metabolism by 80 to 100 calories per day, while helping you feel so satiated that you eat up to 441 fewer calories per day .
  • One study also showed that protein at 25% of calories reduced obsessive thoughts about food by 60%, while cutting the desire for late night snacking in half .
  • This is the single most important tip in the article.
  • Simply adding protein to your diet (without restricting anything) is one of the easiest, most effective and most delicious ways to lose weight.

 16. Don't Drink Calories, Including Sugary Soda and Fruit Juices

  • Sugar is bad, but sugar in liquid form is even worse . Studies show that liquid sugar calories may be the single most fattening aspect of the modern diet.
  • For example, one study showed that sugar-sweetened beverages are linked to a 60% increased risk of obesity in children, for each daily serving .
  • Keep in mind that this applies to fruit juice as well, which contains a similar amount of sugar as a soft drink like coke .
  • Eat whole fruit, but use fruit juice with caution (or avoid it altogether).

 17. Eat Whole, Single Ingredient Foods (Real Food)

  • If you want to be a leaner, healthier person, then one of the best things you can do for yourself is to eat whole, single ingredient foods.
  • These foods are naturally filling, and it's very difficult to gain weight if the majority of your diet is based around them.
  • Keep in mind that real food doesn't need a long list of ingredients, because real food IS the ingredient.

 18. Don't "Diet," Eat Healthy Instead

  • One of the biggest problems with "diets," is that they almost never work in the long term.
  • If anything, people who "diet" tend to gain more weight over time, and studies show that dieting is a consistent predictor of future weight gain 
  • Instead of going on a diet, make it your goal to become a healthier, happier and fitter person. Focus on nourishing your body, instead of depriving it.
  • Weight loss should follow as a natural side effect.
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Tomato Ketchup - Is It Good Or Bad For You?

BSc - Food Science & Nutrition, PGD in Sports Nutrition and Dietitics , Diabetes Educator
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Tomato Ketchup - Is It Good Or Bad For You?

Be it french fries, burgers, hash browns or simple omelet, the taste of ketchup can complement everything. This popular and inexpensive red colored condiment is regarded as healthy by some even though that does not indicate you can consume copious amount of it.

Is ketchup good for health?
Ketchup is a low-calorie condiment made from simple ingredients like spices, salt, pepper, vinegar and tomatoes. Compared to other notable rivals like mayonnaise, ketchup contains no fat and has lesser calories. But for some people, the sugar and salt content of ketchup is a matter of concern. Moreover, it tends to contain natural flavoring, tomato concentrate and most importantly, high fructose corn syrup which may not be desirable. So, the key here is not to abandon ketchup on the whole but to reduce the consumption.

Ketchup and its list of benefits:
The lycopene content of the tomato, which is the prime ingredient of ketchup, cuts down the risk of cancer in bladder, lungs, stomach, and cervix by several degrees. So, eating about two or more servings of tomato ketchup in a week can do you more good than harm. Lycopene, an important antioxidant can shield the body from free radical damage.

Moreover, ketchup is a low-fat condiment that can make bland foods taste great. It has low carbohydrate content, good levels of vitamins and is thought to help fertility in men. But there is a trick to this, most of us use commercially produced ketchup which is easily available in the market.

Is it really good for you?
When you use commercially prepared ketchup on the food, you could be consuming high fructose corn syrup or HFCS since this is what glugs out of the jar. In most cases, you will find that the ketchup contains overcooked tomatoes, a huge amount of sugar which is genetically engineered corn syrup and of course, water. Some brands may also use natural flavoring which is nothing but flavor-boosting chemicals.

Just a teaspoonful of ketchup contains about 4 grams of sugar and needless to say, some people take more than one teaspoon at a time which builds up the daily sugar load. HFCS is added to almost all preserved foods along with a lot of flavor enhancers, and together they don’t take much time to overload you with the maximum daily fructose limit.

Ketchup can be an excellent addition to your main diet when taken in moderation, of course. But with regular consumption, you are sure to head towards a host of unwanted diseases and complications. If you are not able to trust any of the easily available brands, you may consider making your own tomato ketchup and savor the taste. Consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Autism - What Diet Should Be Followed?

DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery)
Homeopath, Panchkula
Autism - What Diet Should Be Followed?

Autism is a condition that afflicts many children around the globe and continues well into adulthood, with far-ranging and lifelong repercussions. While there is no permanent cure for this debilitating condition, one can turn to a number of treatments and management methods in order to take care of the symptoms and suppress the onset of the same. Let us find out more about the causes of the condition as well as the diagnosis, diet and homeopathic treatment for the same.

Causes

This is a neurological disease that children are usually born with. It may arise due to genetic or environmental factors. This is a complex ailment that has a bearing on the social and communication skills of the child and it affects his/her development as the child grows into an adult. Intake of drugs and other kinds of harmful medications during pregnancy are the most notable causes of this disease, while a faulty carrier gene could also bring on this condition in many cases. Exposure to many kinds of chemicals may also lead to the onset of this condition.

Diagnosis

While there are no lab tests that can determine the presence of this condition, doctors usually conduct the diagnosis on the basis of the symptoms, including constant tantrums, repetition of words as well as slurring, and over sensitivity towards pain. Further, a clinical evaluation based on the milestones touched by the child in the development process will also be studied carefully in order to make the right diagnosis. Screening tests can help determine the presence of this condition.

Diet

There is a large body of medical practitioners who hold the belief that the diet of a patient can have a large bearing on how he or she reacts to autism and its symptoms. As per many medical studies, it is known that these patients are not able to digest gluten and casein very well, which is why they should eliminate the same from their diet. Therefore, the patients must stick to gluten-free food like rice, vegetables, corn, soy and even fruits. Further, they should even try to avoid casein-rich food like dairy.

Homeopathic Treatment

These medicines should always be prescribed by a doctor. There are about 20 different types of medicines available to treat and manage the symptoms, especially if they arise due to genetic reasons. These may be prescribed for a period of six months to one year at a time, depending on the severity of the symptoms. The Houston Homeopathy Method has been known to give relief to over hundreds of children suffering from this ailment. Constitutional homeopathy can also be used in such cases so as to bring some respite from the symptoms. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Homeopath.

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Table of Content

Corn
Nutritional Value of Corn
Health Benefits of Corn
Helps in preventing Haemorrhoids
Helps in promoting Growth
Helps in weight gain
Provides essential minerals
Helps in preventing cancer
Helps in protecting heart
Helps in preventing anaemia
Helps in lowering LDL Cholesterol
Helps in controlling diabetes
Provides eye and skin care
Provides cosmetic benefits
Prevention of Diverticular Disease
Uses of Corn
Side-Effects & Allergies of Corn
Cultivation of Corn