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50 Foods That Are Healthier Than You Think: #24 - Corn

Sunday, December 02, 2012

From pasta and cheese to mayo and beer, asked nutrition experts to share what some may consider as unhealthy foods that may actually be better for the body than we realize. Read on for the good news from


Corn often gets a bad rap, but its an important, nutrient-rich member of the whole grain family, says Sass. One study found that corn packs nearly twice the antioxidant power of apples, and it also supplies B vitamins, fiber, minerals and the pigments that give corn its bright hue are linked to lung and eye protection. When you shop, buy organic corn, recommends Sass, because it cant be genetically modified and is higher in nutrients. If its in season, buy fresh, but frozen organic corn is just as healthy, Sass says. I stick my freezer with bags of organic corn when it's not in season. It's easy breezy - after thawing I can toss into a salad or soup or roast on a cookie sheet for a simple whole grain side dish.

I for one had no idea that corn was so good for us!!!

Black Bean and Corn Salad
(Courtesy of Rachael Ray)

1 can, 14 ounces, black beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups frozen corn kernels
1 small red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin, half a palm full
2 teaspoons hot sauce, just eyeball the amount (recommended: Tabasco)
1 lime, juiced
2 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil, eyeball it
Salt and pepper

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Let stand at least 15 minutes for corn to fully defrost and flavors to combine, then toss and serve. The corn will also place a quick-chill on this easy side-salad as it defrosts -- no need to refrigerate!

"Sex is good, but not as good as fresh sweet corn." ~ Garrison Keillor

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