Grits are a staple of southern cooking and they’ve recently made their way onto our menu. This ground golden corn seems simple enough, but it actually provides some interesting nutritional benefits. Let’s see what a 1 cup serving can provide:
Get 8% of your daily recommended intake (DV) of iron from corn grits and boost your red blood cell production.
• B Vitamins
You’ll get 3% of your daily Vitamin B6, 13% of B1 (aka thiamin), and 20% of B9 (aka folate) that can help convert food into usable energy in your body.
There are 5 different types of antioxidants found in grits that can help prevent heart disease, protect against certain cancers, and protect your skin from sun damage.
• Eye Health
There are a couple of antioxidant compounds, lutein and zeaxanthin, found in grits that can help lower your risk of generative eye disorders like cataracts and macular-degeneration.
• Fight Anemia
The combo of iron and B9 (folate) help to fight against different types of anemia that can cause fatigue, shortness of breath, and pale skin.