Cornflakes Benefits

Health Benefits of Cornflakes

Hi, this is Bhavani Raman, presenting you with the benefits of corn flakes.

We all know breakfast is the most important meals of the day as it replenishes our body's energy. A healthy breakfast improves mental and physical performance and this breakfast should be low in fat, cholesterol and high in vitamins & minerals.

Preparing a nutritious traditional breakfast is becoming rare and difficult in our daily busy schedule and here is where corn flakes have started playing a role.

Corn flakes, a very popular breakfast cereal, which was originally manufactured by Kellogg's through the treatment of corn, was accidentally invented by a doctor by the name of John Harvey Kellogg and so it got its name.

With the help of corn flakes, we can prepare a nutritious breakfast just like that in no time. It is easy to prepare, provides lot of energy, very nutritious, as well as healthy and tasty. More over, it is available almost everywhere, crisp, crunchy, and what a way to start the day with this.  One of the major advantages is it is available in different flavors and quantities.

Corn flakes are breakfast cereals made by combining milled corn with sugar Milled corn products are believed to enable easier utilization of vitamins and nutrients as compared to their non-milled counterparts.

The major ingredients include milled corn, sugar, iron, high fructose corn syrup and vitamins (A, B, C, D, and E).

Children who eat cereal for breakfast are more mentally alert, and less tired than those who do not. A bowl of cereal in the morning will help children maintain a healthy diet, rather than skipping breakfast and eating more fatty, sugary snacks at mid-morning.

A study, carried out by the Purdue University, has shown corn flakes made from milled corn have various health benefits.  Some of them are listed below:
1. Apart from satisfying the taste buds of consumers, cornflake is also a good source of vitamins, minerals, folate, dietary fiber, as well as proteins, and carbohydrates.

2. A good source of folate.  Folate is found to be beneficial for the formation of new cells.  Folate is also helpful in preventing birth defects, colon cancer and heart diseases.

3. Corn flakes are very rich in thiamine.  Thiamine is good for carbohydrate metabolism, energy production and cognitive functions.

4. Even though corn flakes are not rich in fiber, it can easily be taken care of by adding fresh fruits and nuts to your bowl of corn flakes.  Fiber helps to reduce cholesterol, constipation and the risk of colon cancer.

5. Very low in saturated fat and a gives you a good satiety.

6. It has no cholesterol.  Low cholesterol reduces the risk of heart attacks and heart diseases.

7. Corn flakes have a very high iron content.  Iron is a main component of hemoglobin.  A high iron diet is needed to maintain healthy blood levels.  Iron helps keep the brain alert.

8. It is rich in niacin, riboflavin, vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin B12 (for vegetarians vitamin B12 is available mostly in these foods), necessary for a fit and sound health.

9. Corn flakes added with milk is a protein rich food.  Protein is essential to the structure of red blood cells, for the proper functioning of antibodies resisting infection, for the regulation of enzymes and hormones, for growth, and for the repair of body tissue.

10. Frosted corn flakes are especially meant for growing children.  They are rich source of calcium and protein and moreover presence of sugar adds energy to body.

11. Honey corn flakes have the nutritional value of both honey and corn flakes.  As explained above, corn flakes are rich in calcium, protein, and mineral.  Honey is also a source for niacin, riboflavin, thiamin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12.  So we can enjoy the benefit of both.

12. Almond corn flakes also have the nutritional value of both almonds and corn flakes.  Almonds strengthen muscles, prolong life, rejuvenate skin, and cures usual cough, and prevents asthma.  So almond corn flakes have high nutrition content.

13. Corn also contains a carotenoid called beta-cryptoxanthin, which is good for the health of the lungs and also prevents lung cancer.  Corn can promote cardiovascular health, if consumed in moderate quantities, regularly.  It is also good for people with renal problems.  This pigment is known for its association with the prevention cardiovascular and macular diseases, besides cancer.

14. One of the benefits of corn is it provides lutein which the body cannot produce. Lutein is an important nutrient for eye health.  A cup of corn flakes only provides 325mcg of lutein.

15.  Corn flakes taken with a cup of milk and some freshly cut fruits have proven to be an extremely nutritious and healthy breakfast cereal. One bowl of corn flakes taken with the same quantity of milk gives 150 calories.

Corn flakes are also used with other ingredients in cooking.  We will see some of the culinary uses of corn flakes below:
1. Corn flakes are used as an ingredient for corn flake cookies.

2. This can be added to pudding as its available in many flavors like, strawberry, chocolate, vanilla, mango, almonds, honey, bananas, cinnamon, to name a few.

3. Chivda (a type of mixture) made up of corn flakes is a very innovative and a healthy, crunchy low fat snack.

4. A Bowl of corn flakes, with skimmed or whole milk can be tasted great with additions of honey, peanut butter, fruits like banana, strawberry, apple, etc. Even nuts can also be added for crunchy taste and nutritional benefits.

5. Crushed corn flakes can be used in place of breadcrumbs.

Now, as we know the nutritional value and the other benefits of corn flakes, why don't we give it a try?  Also with our imaginary skills and culinary skills we can make it colorful and more tastier and also nutritious.

We can really enjoy corn flakes with some low fat milk, with a dose of vitamins, fiber and antioxidants and with fruits like berries, apples or bananas to have a wholesome breakfast.

A good breakfast is one that provides us at least one third of the day's calories.  A healthy breakfast should have all the nutritious values like low in cholesterol and fat, rich in fortified iron, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, and adding milk makes a bowl of corn flakes a high-protein meal and also topping it with fruits or nuts makes a complete healthier, tastier, easy to prepare breakfast..

So now we have come to a conclusion that corn flakes must be part of our diet on a regular basis to avoid fat rich and obesity causing dietary intakes.  Is it not?

About the author:  Bhavani Raman, a successful ex-student of Enoma, is working as a family and Juvenile counsellor.  She is also pursuing a diploma on food and nutrition.  She enjoys reading books, meditation, meeting people, spending time with her family and friends and also a Reiki practitioner.