The 11 Healthiest Whole Grains

Don’t nix carbs. Just make sure you’re eating the good ones and eliminating the bad.

By Leah Zerbe

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The 11 Healthiest Grains: Corn Corn

Yes, corn can be healthy for you when it’s whole! A good source of B vitamins, magnesium, and phosphorus, whole corn is also thought to increase healthy gut flora, which can ward off diabetes, heart disease, and chronic inflammation. Yellow corn is also high in antioxidants. The easiest way to eat whole corn? Popcorn! Just skip the microwavable kinds that use harmful chemicals in the bags’ nonstick lining. Instead, buy organic popcorn kernels and make microwave popcorn in an ordinary paper bag, or do it the old-fashioned way on the stovetop. Organic is important, as about 40 percent of the corn grown in the United States is genetically modified (GM) to withstand higher doses of pesticides. Some studies are starting to link GM foods to allergies and other health problems.

Learn More: How to Grow Organic Sweet Corn

Photo: Rob Cardillo

 
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