- Jan 06, 2018 -
Corn offers certain benefits for your baby if you limit the intake to moderate levels. Here are a few reasons why corn can be beneficial:
1. Helps in weight gain:
About 100gm corn contains around 350 calories. If your baby is underweight, corn diet could help him gain some pounds. Even a baby with normal weight can be given this vegetable to maintain his weight after you stop breastfeeding him completely.
2. Body growth and development:
Corn is rich in B complex. Thiamin supports nerves and brain development; niacin improves metabolism, especially of sugars, proteins, and fatty acids; and folate helps new cell development.
3. Muscle and nerve function:
Corn contains phosphorous, potassium, magnesium, and iron. Phosphorous supports bone health; potassium and magnesium are necessary for muscle and nerve function. Iron improves brain development.
4. Protects blood cells:
The presence of antioxidants (through vitamin E) makes maize good for protecting cells from damage. It contains phenolic compound ferulic acid, which is an anti-carcinogenic agent. Antioxidants prevent tissue and DNA damage in the body.
5. Improves digestion:
The presence of fiber makes corn a good laxative. If your baby has frequent constipation issues, a few corn products like corn seeds and cornflour could resolve the problem.
Corn seeds are natural laxatives and can be used to relieve constipation. Cornflour is also good, but it needs to be whole cornflour and not refined.
6. Good vision and skin:
Yellow maize is rich in vitamin A, a source of beta-carotene that gives better eyesight. Beta-carotene, which is not a part of vitamin A, acts as an antioxidant that is good for the baby’s skin.