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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.

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1. Corn: Both a Grain and a Vegetable

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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