The cornmeal with which polenta is often prepared is a low glycemic index food which therefore does not raise blood sugar levels.
And that means it will keep you full for a long time.
It reactivates circulation
Cornmeal and therefore polenta contain rutin, a glycoside capable of strengthening blood vessels thus improving blood circulation.
This also leads to better drainage of liquids. In other words, less cellulite.
It is good for your kidneys
Polenta has a highly purifying effect.
It favours the elimination of stagnant fluids - those that cause the signs of cellulite, in fact - and is beneficial for the kidneys.
It is rich in proteins
If you are looking for a really great protein dish, polenta is the answer. Buckwheat polenta is richer in protein than corn polenta. However both types give a good protein intake.
It contains fewer calories than pasta
Know that polenta is less caloric than a plate of spaghetti.
So if you can't stand calories, go for this alternative. The caloric intake of polenta varies between 80 and 130 calories per 100 grams.
What does this variation depend on? On how liquid/solid the polenta is - a more liquid consistency will provide fewer calories.
It is rich in minerals
The few calories mentioned above are inversely proportional to the number of minerals, which are very many!
A plate of polenta is first of all a dish overflowing with minerals, therefore excellent for psychophysical well-being.
It is a concentrate of vitamins B and E
And the high number of minerals is directly proportional to that of vitamins - those of group B and E are in abundance.
So polenta is also a beneficial multivitamin cocktail.
It contains tryptophan
so it's good for your mood!
Polenta is rich in tryptophan, a precursor of serotonin which is the hormone that controls mood in the brain by acting as a neurotransmitter.
Tryptophan is therefore invaluable for fighting depression, anxiety and insomnia.
It is also suitable for coeliacs
Polenta made with corn flour – as long as it is pure – is gluten free, so it can also be consumed by those suffering from coeliac disease.