Eating a healthy diet, according to the experts, is pretty straightforward. Avoid starchy, overly processed foods and those high in sugar. Incorporate plenty of high-fiber grains, fruits, nuts, yogurts, and vegetables into your diet. But there’s one vegetable that still causes some confusion as to its health benefits: corn. Although it is among the six most-consumed vegetables in North America and China, its nutritional content and health benefits are also some of the most misunderstood.
According to the USDA, if the corn is harvested when the kernels are soft, it is a vegetable. When farmers harvest fully mature corn, it is a grain. The sweet corn humans consume — only about one percent of all crops — falls under the vegetable category. The corn in cornbread, polenta, and grits is a grain. More than 65 percent of the corn grown in the U.S. is used for biofuel or animal feed.
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