Is Sweet Corn Or Maize Good For Diabetes


Hello, I’m Ty Mason from TheDiabetesCouncil.com,
researcher, writer and I have type 2 diabetes. Today I’m going to answer the question, is
sweet corn or maize good for diabetes. But before we get into that, make sure you
download my free diabetes management book which also includes a diabetes grocery shopping
guide (foods to eat and avoid) and other tips to better manage your blood sugar to avoid
complications by clicking the link below. Let’s try another one of my now world famous
one question quizzes. True or false, sweet corn is a grain. TRUE, but sweet corn is also considered a
vegetable by some. It is a grain, but sweet corn is often picked
before the full conversion of sugar to starch, so the immaturity allows it to technically
be considered a vegetable. Regardless, I am a fan of corn, especially
on the cob with a glob of butter! When we talk about sweet corn, we are also
talking about maize. Maize is simply another name for corn. We are talking about sweet corn. But there are other varieties of corn to consider. Of course there is popcorn. There is flour corn. Not corn meal, an actual variety of corn grown
to produce flour. Flint corn is used in many parts of the world
to feed animals. There is also pod corn. You probably have this referred to as indian
corn. It has many different colors and is more used
for ornamental purposes these days. By far the most produced corn in the United
States is dent corn or field corn. This is edible for humans, but I wouldn’t
recommend it. It is basically grown to feed livestock. The corn that cows, pigs and chickens eat. If you have ever been in Walmart and you saw
a bag labeled “Deer Corn” then you have seen field corn. But our focus today is on sweet corn. Now there are also several varieties of sweet
corn, both yellow or golden and white or silver. But both golden and silver are so close in
nutritional value it really doesn’t matter which variety you choose. You have probably heard someone say that you
can’t have sweet corn if you have diabetes. But have they ever told you why? Some will point to the high starch content
while others will just say because it has sweet in the name. Corn is low in Saturated Fat, and very low
in Cholesterol and Sodium. It is a good source of Dietary Fiber, Thiamin
and Folate. When you look at the nutritional value of
corn, you will see about 45 carbs and 5 grams of sugar. But, when we break everything down and look
at the dietary fiber and other contents, we are going to see that corn actually has a
low glycemic index of 48 and low glycemic load of 8. So is corn good for diabetes? Yes it is. I am a fan of any food that has both a low
GI and a low GL. Like with any food however, moderation is
always the key, even for low GL foods. I hope this answered your question is sweet
corn good or bad for diabetes. Don’t forget to get your diabetes management
book by clicking the link in the description box below. Let me know if you have any other diabetes
related questions. Thank you
I am Ty Mason

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