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Is Cornstarch Bad For You?

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Obi Obadike

Obi Obadike

Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert, CFT, SFN, M.S. Founder & CEO – Ethical Inc.
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Is cornstarch bad for you? Corn starch is nutrient deficient in fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals.

One cup of corn starch contains the following nutrients:

Calories: 488

Protein: 0.5 grams

Carbs: 117 grams

Fiber: 1 gram

Copper: 7% of the Daily Value

Selenium: 7% of the Daily Value

Iron: 3% of the Daily Value

Manganese: 3% of the Daily Value

Some of the negative effects of corn starch is it can potentially increase blood sugar levels because of the high glycemic index associated with corn starch. Corn starch is low in fiber, so it digests very quickly in the body which is what leads to blood sugar spikes.

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There have been studies that have shown that consuming foods rich in refined carbs can negatively affect the health of your heart. Corn starch is high in refined in carbs. There was a study that had over 2,900 people following a diet that was high in glycemic index. It was associated with increased triglyceride, insulin levels and lower levels of good cholesterol levels.  And these are all risk factors for heart disease.

Another study showed that diets rich in refined carbs and foods is linked to a greater risk of coronary heart disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure.

Corn starch has minimal essential nutrients that your body needs. The only real essential nutrients or health benefits it provides is selenium and copper.

If you have Type 2 diabetes it is advisable to keep your corn starch consumption at a minimum. If you use it moderately and you have Type 2 diabetes you should be ok. Corn starch can be used on soups, sauces, desserts, veggies, meats, etc.

If you have Type 2 diabetes it is advisable to keep your corn starch consumption at a minimum. If you use it moderately and you have Type 2 diabetes you should be ok.” Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert Obi Obadike

The Bottom Line is corn starch can be consumed with moderation but if you consume high amounts of this it can lead to higher blood sugar. Corn starch is high in carbs and high calories. And it is low in vitamins and nutrients. So, corn starch has a lot of empty calories that can hurt you but not help you.

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