Late summer is in full sweep, and produce is in ripe abundance at local farmer’s markets! A popular nibble of late summer delight is corn. Found in varieties of yellow, sweet, black, blue, and even red hues, corn makes for the sweetest of vegetables. Learn a bit about what corn offers the body, then read on for a few seasonal recipes to get you cooking.
Corn is rich in beta-cryptoxanthin, a lung-strengthening carotenoid found in orange/red fruits and vegetables like corn, pumpkin, red bell peppers, oranges, and peaches. A study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention showed a 27% reduction in lung cancer risk in populations eating foods rich in this powerful carotenoid.
Corn is a valuable source soluble fiber, which also helps heart health. The soluble fiber binds to cholesterol in bile found in the liver, and when it passes from the body, it takes the cholesterol with it.
A corn recipe to send you on your way…