Sweet corn helps to lower cholesterol

Sweet corn helps to lower cholesterol

In this article I would like to share some knowledge about eating sweet corn and how it is beneficial. Sweet corn is very popular in markets and throughout the world. It is available in any season in the market and is very easy to cook and tastes very nice. In certain areas some people may eat corn instead of bread, rice or grains. Most people like to eat sweet corn.

1) Effects of corn on human health

An ancient traditional Chinese medicine book ‘Ben cao gang mu’ mentions sweet corn being able to balance digestive system, help in the transport of food, digestion and absorption. It does this by strengthening the spleen and stomach. Therefore it is very beneficial to eat corn for those people who have sluggish digestion. Symptoms such as bloating of the stomach, sluggish bowl movement and also dry stool. As eating sweet corn can help the body clear the toxins of digestion many TCM diet therapy text books recommends sweet corn to help  lower cholesterol.

2) How to cook and eat corn and how to achieve its good effects

Fresh corn is best- peeling of the skin, leaving the hair-like filaments chopping it into three or four pieces and place it in boiling water and simmer for twenty minutes. After this time, you can then eat the corn and drink the liquid. An alternative is to place the chopped pieces of corn into your soup and you can also drink and eat the corn. I suggest eating one or two pieces, two or three times a week is sufficient. If you are unable to find fresh corn, you can also use the frozen corn. However, the effects are not as great as fresh corn.

3) Precautions

In traditional food diet therapy text books mention that sweet corn can help to loosen stool. So if you already have very loose, soft stool it is recommended that you eat less of or try to avoid sweet corn as it may cause diarrhea.

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Dr Ping Wang is the clinic founder and senior practitioner of Ping Ming Health. She has over 30 years of experience in traditional Chinese medicine teaching and practice. Dr Ping especially enjoys sharing her knowledge of Chinese medicine through our popular clinic articles, seminars and clinical training of students and practitioners.