Is Corn Good for High Cholesterol? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Corn is good for high cholesterol.Because it has insoluble fiber and phytosterols and they can lower cholesterol levels and improve gut health.

High cholesterol is a condition that affects your blood lipid levels.

In high cholesterol, your body has an excess of lipoproteins carrying cholesterol in the bloodstream.

This can lead to various health problems, such as heart disease and stroke.

One of the key factors in managing high cholesterol is diet.

What you consume can affect your lipid levels, which can impact your high cholesterol symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage high cholesterol, you should consume fiber-rich foods like oats, legumes, and fruits and avoid saturated fat-rich foods like fatty meats, full-fat dairy products, and processed foods.

Now, corn is a staple food that is versatile and can be consumed in various forms.

People usually eat it fresh on the cob, popped as popcorn, or processed into products like cornmeal and tortillas.

Corn is good for high cholesterol because it contains insoluble fiber and phytosterols.

Insoluble fiber helps to improve gut health and lower cholesterol.

Phytosterols minimize how much cholesterol your body absorbs.

A half cup of corn can give you approximately 2 grams of fiber and 0 grams of cholesterol, which is beneficial for managing high cholesterol.

Insoluble fiber can positively affect high cholesterol by preventing constipation and aiding digestion.

Phytosterols can positively affect high cholesterol by reducing cholesterol absorption in the gut.

Furthermore, corn is a whole grain and whole grains are good for high cholesterol.

Because, they contain fiber that can help reduce bad cholesterol levels and improve heart health.

You can eat a moderate amount of corn per day safely.

More than that can cause gassiness due to the fermentation of the fibrous shells in your intestines.

Also, you shouldn’t eat corn if you have/suffering from diverticulitis to prevent aggravation of the condition.

Because the kernels can get trapped in the diverticula and cause inflammation.

You can buy fresh corn in your local market or can order it from online.

Always choose ears with green husks and moist stems.

Because they are likely to be fresher and sweeter.

You can store them in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management, and essential medical care is key to managing/dealing with high cholesterol effectively.

I always recommend my high cholesterol patients to follow a high cholesterol-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being, and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

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About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutritionist in West Bengal, India, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry.

He has done his diploma in nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc (US), and completed various certification courses from several universities. He also has considerable research experience in PCOS.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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