Corn is a popular staple food served on the table instead of white rice for some families and for those individuals who are trying to follow a unique anti aging fat loss meal plan. It is called as maize by the Spanish. When eaten unprocessed, it actually offers surprisingly impressive amounts and variety of nutrients. This may come as a surprise, but do you know that corn has been classified as a vegetable and not as fruit? For most locals here in the Philippines, they opt for the maize or the yellow corn grits instead of the white rice, the moment they have medical health problems, such as diabetes. But, are the yellow corn grits really safe for you?
Corn foods are characterized for their unique distinctive flavor that cannot be duplicated by any other cereal. In Africa and Asia, the corn is generally dry milled into grits or meals and flours to be used as the main component in food production, such as corn bread, snacks, beverages, and porridges. Corn is the cereal with the highest production for human consumption across the world, which includes the use for livestock feed, and fuel.
The yellow corn grits are made by grinding the whole grain corn into a coarse powder. Actually, they are normally used for animal feed and production, but in some places, they are used as a relief food for starving people, and in some places as food for the poor people. A Grade maize is for the human consumption, while the B Grade maize is for the animal feed and manufacturing of other products.
A cup of yellow corn grits contains about 182 calories and 1 gram of fat. If you are trying to lose weight, eating the yellow corn grits is a much better way to feel full without consuming excessive fat calories. The yellow maize has been found to be more nutritious and contains a higher nutritional value than the white maize. In addition, they have been found to be a better choice than the oatmeal.
The yellow corn grits are literally good for the diabetics and those who are following a good anti aging fat loss program, because it is traditionally not instant and definitely not quick cooking. A cup of yellow corn grits contains about 32 grams of carbohydrates, 3 to 4 grams of protein, and 2 grams of fiber.
They are enriched with B Vitamins, thus making them a good source of thiamin, riboflavin and niacin. You get 21% of your recommended dietary allowance of folate from a cup of yellow grits. The yellow corn grits also contain folate, selenium, and iron. They can be served as a hot cereal for breakfast.
The key in actually eating any type of food is the portion size. If you like the corn grits, just be careful with the portion size, because it is still considered as a calorie dense food. Foods that fight type 2 diabetes should have these key nutrients
- Vitamins A, C, D, and E
- Vitamin B12 for those on metformin
Remember that whole grains containing germ and bran are often rich in magnesium, chromium, and folate. Working the healthiest grains in your diet can help prevent weight gain, heart disease, and also, prevent a raise of your triglyceride levels.
The yellow corn grits are slower to digest so it helps you not to eat too much in a meal. It does not raise your blood sugar levels dramatically, because it has a low glycemic index. According to a report by the Institute of the Human Nutrition and Food-College of Human Ecology, 60% rice and 40% corn grits composite is comparable with rice alone in taste acceptability.
In cooking pure corn grits, it is recommended to add a cup of water to the regular 1 cup corn and 1 cup water ratio. This would produce a corn rice with much softer texture.
Although people often blame weight gain to a slow metabolism, most of the times you will realize that metabolism is not the culprit, but the amount of food intake, physical activity, and the type of food eaten. Older people may need less calories due to the decline of muscle mass.
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How to cook the yellow corn grits?
To make 1 serving of grits, bring 1 cup of water to a boil.
Slowly stir 3 tablespoons of grits into the water. Reduce heat to low and cover.
Cook 15 to 20 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
Your health depends on you. Before you follow a new anti aging fat loss diet, you should make some small research first. To ensure your survival, take charge of your own health by reading. Give your body the combination of nutrients it needs to heal and maintain health, let food be your medicine, but make sure you know what you choose to eat! Weight loss is a matter of knowing what you feed your body.