By: Apeksha Ekbote
Msc, RD, Chief Dietician, NephroPlus
The sight of all those neatly arranged rows of golden yellow kernels on the corncob is enough to tempt any one to sink their teeth into the delicious seeds. From Makke di Roti, roasted corn to boiled sweet corn kernels, it is a hot favourite not only among kids but adults too.
Maize is an excellent snack as it is rich in protein (4g/100gms), fibre and folic acid. Corn also provides our bodies with essential minerals such as zinc, magnesium, copper, iron and manganese. Corn is a good source of the antioxidants carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin, which promote eye health.
The Indian variety is dry and has tough fibre whereas the western variety is softer and much juicier. However, sweet corn is a newer genetic variety of maize and considered less healthy competitively. Although corn is moderately high in phosphorus (121mg/100g), A half corn cob is acceptable for a kidney diet. Unsalted popcorn makes an excellent snack for people on dialysis as it is a good source of protein.
However, it is always advisable to use fresh corn instead of frozen or preserved when in season. Some types of corn that are processed or prepared with other ingredients, such as cornmeal, cornbread and corn chips, are higher in phosphorus than other forms of corn, such as popcorn.