33 Healthy Foods That Are Way More Nutritious Than You Realized

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This grain gets a bad rap for being overly used in processed foods, but eaten on the cob or as popcorn, corn is probably healthier than you realize. Cooked sweet corn contains a compound called ferulic acic, which may inhibit cancer-causing substances. Those yellow kernels are also a good source of lutein, a powerful antioxidant that may help lower the risk of age-related macular degeneration, a common cause of blindness in older adults.

Take your favourite summer vegetable to the next level with this easy Grilled Sweet Corn recipe.

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When you think about eggs and health, the first thing that comes to mind is their high cholesterol content. But it turns out that they don't actually contribute to high blood cholesterol. In fact, eggs are an inexpensive source of many nutrients and come packaged in one of nature's best designs: they're portable, versatile and delicious. The zinc and iron in eggs can help your hair shine and your nails resist chipping. Eggs contain a compound called choline, which helps to move cholesterol through the bloodstream, as well as aiding fat metabolism and repairing some types of neurological damage. Yolks are one of the few healthy foods that contain vitamin D, which helps reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease, can boost the immune system, and fight diabetes.

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Whether paired with cheese or tossed in salad, figs are a surprising health booster. They're very high in fibre, potassium, manganese, and a rare fruit source of calcium, which aids in the electrical activity of the heart. And many people with digestive issues are grateful for figs' natural laxative effects, which can help relieve chronic constipation.