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What are the health benefits of corn?

Ready to smile from ear to ear? Enjoy summer-fresh corn on the cob, the fresher, the sweeter. When corn gets picked, its natural sugar begins changing to starch.

Whether fresh, frozen or canned, corn often gets overlooked for its health benefits. Besides being a great source of carbohydrates and fiber, yellow corn has plenty of zeaxanthin and cancer-fighting lutein. These plant substances (phytonutrients) in the carotenoids family also may help promote heart health and normal vision and may protect you in the long run from macular degeneration.
Creamed, whole kernel or on the cob, corn's got something that can really sweeten your health.

It's a potent phytochemical called ferulic acid. And new research shows the compound could help you skirt a host of chronic conditions, from Alzheimer's disease to cancer.

You'll also find the super phenol in tomatoes and rice bran, and it does a ton of good things for your body, like scavenging cell-damaging free radicals, preventing inflammation and diminishing plaque buildup in artery walls. And if all of that isn't enough -- it may help fight aging, too. So snap up the last of this season's sweet corn.

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