Kernels About Corn
Timeless Nutrition Tip
Corn contains an abundance of one particular carotenoid called lutein (loo-teen), which studies show helps support overall eye health - along with other health benefits.
This is good news for diabetics, who must take extra care of their eyes.
Lutein is a natural food component that acts as an antioxidant.
Its highest concentration is in the macular lutea, the eye tissues responsible for central vision. In the eyes, this pigment plays a protective role by absorbing some of the damaging components of sunlight. In a sense, one could say it acts like built-in sunglasses.
The body cannot "make" lutein - you can only obtain it through the foods you eat or supplementation.
One cup of cooked and drained corn contains 1.4mg of lutein. Other excellent sources of lutein are spinach, kale, tomatoes, celery, peas, broccoli, oranges and egg yolks.
When corn is in season, dig in! When not in season, canned and/or frozen corn will suffice. If you're purchasing canned, may we recommend Libby's Organic Whole Kernel Sweet Corn ? It is grown and packed fresh in the USA, all organic, all natural, vegetarian-vegan, gluten free and fully cooked! Just open the can, heat and eat.